I have a confession. When it comes to pinatas, I don’t like them so much – the whole swinging the bat, hitting a neon, tissue-covered, unidentifiable object just doesn’t really mesh with my party visions. But kids don’t care about MY party visions. And Olivia’s party vision included a pinata. So I knew I had to make one. I didn’t realize how much I would LOVE the pinatas until I finished them! They ended up being the main party decor. SUPER easy, though quite time-consuming, here’s an abbreviated how-to:
flour/water mixture (1 part flour: 2 parts water)
silk flowers (I used Dollar Store flowers – each pinata took 8-9 bunches)
hot glue gun/glue sticks
Making the Pinatas:
I initially typed up full instructions on making the pinatas, but it ended up being a lot of words and not that much fun, so instead I’m going to refer you to Google. Just google pinata DIY and you’ll have a hundred million sets of instructions. Pretty much, it’s just like you remember it from Vacation Bible School. I used the flour/water recipe for the “glue.” If you have any questions, send me an email and I’ll try to help you through. This was a really fun (and really messy) activity with the kids. They also got a thrill filling the dried pinatas with candy and toys.
Decorating the Pinatas:
I covered two of the pinatas with coffee filters (purchased from the Dollar Store) and three of the pinatas with silk flowers (also from the Dollar Store). For the coffee filters, I simply scrunched the middle and hot glued them onto the pinata, all smooshed up to the surrounding fluff.
Each pinata took A LOT of coffee filters to make it nice and fluffy, but the process is pretty straight-forward – scrunch, smoosh, glue. I also used hot glue to attach the silk flowers. This process was time-consuming, but again, pretty mindless and I did it in front of the television. The finished products turned out beautifully. You could also spray paint the dried pinatas with a coordinating color before attaching the coffee filters/flowers so that you didn’t have to be so careful to cover every speck of newspaper. I was too impatient to wait for an opportunity to go buy spray paint, so I skipped that step.
And yes, I really did let them whack the pinatas open (well, two of the pinatas, that is). My children were especially appreciative of the Pixie Stix they collected.