"Life would be a million times better if there were piñata strategically placed throughout the day."
― Author Unknown
The use of piñatas has always been popular for many Mexican celebrations. Whether it's a birthday, quinceañera, wedding, etc., it has always made an appearance.
A person is blindfolded, while the piñata is hung above for the person to hit with a stick. Once broken, the candies and toys will pour out.
Steps to Make a Piñata
The traditional shape of a piñata is a star. But nowadays, you can find it in various shapes, sizes, and figures. So if you wish to make an unconventional one, here are the steps for the same.
Step #1 - First of all, collect the materials required for this project. You will need―3 cups of water, 2 cups of flour, 1 balloon, colored crepe paper, scissors, a string, old newspaper, needle, and water colors.
Step #2 - When we blow the balloon, it will give the piñata its shape. And, the newspaper will be used to make paper mache; and for that, the balloon will give the right form. Once the paper mache has dried, removing the balloon becomes that much easier. But if you still don't wish to use a balloon here, you can use a large box covered with a waterproof freezer bag.
Step #3 - Blow the balloon and secure the end with a knot. In a bowl, mix 2 cups of flour and 3 cups of water together. Once the paste is ready, cut the newspaper into long strips with scissors.
Step #4 - Make sure that the newspaper is cut in long strips, and are 1'' thick. Take each strip and begin dipping it in the paste we just made. One by one, place the strips on top of the balloon. The idea here is to cover the balloon completely. Just make sure that you leave a small hole on top of the balloon (so it can be removed later).
Step #5 - Keep the balloon on one side once all the strips are placed and let it dry completely. After the first layer dries completely, apply a second layer in the same manner; don't cover the small gap on top. Again leave the newspaper on the side and let it dry. Repeat another layer and leave it to dry completely. So in total, you will have 3 layers of newspaper strips on the balloon.
Step #6 - After the 3rd layer dries properly, with a needle, pop the balloon and remove it. Use water color to paint the piñata. You can use various designs and colors to make it attractive. Cut strips of the crepe paper, and glue it on the sides and at the bottom.
Step #7 - From the opening on top, fill it with toys and candies for the guests. In the end, punch 2 small holes so that the string can be inserted in order to hang the piñata.