For my daughter’s fifth birthday, she wanted a star party, complete with star invitations, star-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, star games, a rainbow layer cake with star sprinkles on top, star party favors, and a star piñata.
The amount of money that I was willing to budget for this party of a dozen children and their parents was, other than food (we do like our food!), exactly zero dollars.
The invitations were made with stash cardstock and acrylic paints and homemade rubber stamps. The games involved such major hits as “Pin the (Stash) Star Sticker onto the Giant Space Mural that You Painted Earlier in the Party (with Stash Art Supplies)!” The party favors were homemade star-shaped crayons upcycled from our old, broken crayon nubs.
The piñata, however–our family made that piñata all together, birthday girl included, with a week’s worth of newspapers, a balloon found in the junk drawer, a gallon of white flour glue, three pounds of candy from the store, and leftover spray paint from the garage.
In other words, it was a masterpiece. And here’s how to make it:
The form behind this particular piñata is a generic latex balloon. You can find perfectly round balloons as well as the usual teardrop ones, or manipulate your balloon into different shapes by tying twine tightly around sections, or even duct tape balloons together to create a pleasing shape. Don’t worry too much about making your balloon into the perfect shape, however–a little later is when you’ll get creative with cardstock and cardboard to make your piñata really come to life.
Along with the balloon form, prepare a big bowl of natural glue by mixing two parts water to one part white flour, and tear pretty much an entire day’s worth of newspaper into long vertical strips.
Set up outside or take care to cover your work surface REALLY well–this project is messy!–and you’re ready to get started.