Pumpkin Piñatas

One of our Halloween crafts was to make a Pumpkin Piñata. It is the old paper mache trick. Blow up a balloon to as big as you want your pumpkin to be and cover it with four layers of paper mache. We used 1 inch strips of newspaper with a 1:1 ratio of flour to water for the batter. Leave about a 2-3 inch circle open around the balloon tie.
RJ and mom came over to help. RJ was not a fan of the mess and mom ended up wearing as much as the balloons! Be ready to make a huge mess. We had batter all over the table, the kids, the chairs, and the floor.
You will need to start this project a week before you want to use it since it takes a few days for the mold to dry. We then used tempura paint to paint them orange. After they dried we used a Sharpe pen to draw the faces on.
Cut the balloon tie off and pull out the deflated balloon. Then the fun part of filling it with candy comes! The girls had to sample each type of candy of course!
To hang the pinata, Max blew a balloon up inside it and then tied a string to that balloon. It worked really well. We were surprised how sturdy the pumpkins were. Every kid at the party got to take at least one swing.

3 comments:

Splaneyo said...

Those look great! I made something like that a couple of years ago with Spencer, but it was so much work I didn't want him to smash it. It is actually sitting on the coffee table now.
Heather

Anonymous said...

Fun time fun projects. Love you guys.

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