Say that 5 times fast!
Most of the Angry Birds Party Supplies are sold out in my area
and I knew I wanted a pull string pinata for Michael's Party.
So why not make one?
and for a fraction of the cost!
This one cost about $3 to make.
I saw a few terrific instructional posts HERE at Young House Love.
Aren't they he cutest!
And HERE at Frugal NJ
And HERE at Fancy Frugally
Gather your supplies:
Balloon in the size you want - I chose a large punch balloon.
Bowl to hold the balloon
Newpaper and/ Flyers
Glue - Hot and Elmer's
Luckily I already had some punch balloons from Target on hand.
They were leftovers from Easter.
I got Jaime to blow up the balloon, since I didn't want aggravate my jaw.
Then I laughed when he almost passed out once he finished.
Don't worry, he was fine.
I also grabbed all the grocery store flyers I had been hording
and cut them into large strips.
I found that larger strips made the process move more quickly.
Mix up your paste.
One part water to one part flour.
I used 2 cups of water and 2 cups of flour
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to take away the blah odor.
Also, add a teaspoon of salt to prevent mold.
I felt like I was making pancakes. :)
Now onto the messy part.
Dip your strips in the paste, I then ran the strip flat between my
index and middle finger to remove the excess paste.
Apply to the balloon in an overlapping pattern.
Work your way down the balloon and then
flip over and start on the on the other side.
Repeat this process for at least 4 layers.
and here it is all covered.
I let it sit out all night,
but it was still wet in the morning.
I tried the blow dryer idea, and it did help a bit,
but it needed more drying time.
I then set it in front of a fan for a few hours and that did the trick.
Spare yourself the aggravation and just set it in front of a fan when you are done.
Here it is all set up.
Pull the end of the balloon and pop it.
It makes a fun noise. Luna came running over to investigate and protect.
Pick a top and bottom.
Cut a flap at the bottom, 4 X 6 X 4
Pull out the deflated balloon.
Reinforce the attached side with masking tape.
To hang, cut 2 slits at the top of the pinata.
Loop several lengths of ribbon.
Feed the ends through the outside and tie together on the inside.
Cut your ribbon into long lengths.
You should have at least one ribbon for every child.
Decide how many strings will open the pinata.
I chose 3 and poked 3 holes into the flap, fed through the string,
and tied several knots and taped the end down on the inside of the flap.
Fill up the pinata.
This is when I realized, this puppy was HEAVY.
The ribbon I tied for the hanger would not be strong enough.
When in doubt, add more ribbon loops. More is better.
Push the flap into the hole.
Since my filling was heavy, I used clear packing tape on the open edges of the flap.
Diagonally on the corners and across the straight edges.
I then realized that the tape didn't want to stick well, so I hot glued in place.
Gotta love the hot glue!
Take the remaining ribbon that will not open the flap
and hot glue them randomly at the bottom of the pinata.
They will pull away when yanked.
Now comes the fun part!
Cut your crepe paper into 6 - 8 inch lengths.
Using regular glue, lay a line of glue and lay the top edge of the paper on the line.
I started at the bottom of the front of the pinata, near the ribbon,
and worked my way up.
Once the rows are complete, cut the paper into flaps and fluff.
Overlap the next layer row at least half way onto the first layer.
Repeat on the other side.
Fill in the gaps on the edges and the bottom with individual paper pieces.
I then drew a nose on green construction paper and outlined it with a sharpie.
Same thing with the eyes.
The crown is made with yellow card stock and left over blue paper.
All are attached with hot glue.
This guy was a party hit!
I will be posting party pictures shortly.
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