Holiday Crafts whacking at a paper mache newspaper piñata

Published on June 5th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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Five Upcycled Piñatas that You Can Make

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whacking at a paper mache newspaper piñata
If I’ve told you once, then I’ve told you a thousand times: don’t buy party supplies–buy more party food!

From buntings to birthday candles, most party supplies are so easy to make that they practically make themselves, so that you can save up all your money for Brie and cake.

And even if you have a ton of Brie and cake left over after your party…well, life has been hard, hasn’t it?

One party supply that’s actually super-easy to make but has a big impact (ahem) is the piñata. For every party theme and every crafting style, there’s a piñata that you can make. Check out the following five piñata tutorials to see how easy it will be to make someone’s birthday party dream come true:

upcycled newspaper paper mache pinataYou can probably make an upcycled newspaper paper mache piñata without even having to leave the house. If you have an old latex balloon in the junk drawer, and if you’ve saved your newspapers for a couple of days, and if you own white flour, then you’re all set!

Be warned, however: especially with the many layers of glue-sodden newspaper that this piñata needs, it takes a really long time to completely dry. This is a project that should be started at least four days before your party and completely finished at least 24 hours before the party begins.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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