This paper mache egg pinata was so much fun to make. I can’t wait to let the kids crack into it on Easter!
Here’s What You’ll Need
Newspaper (to cover your work space)
White craft glue (such as Elmers)
Clear craft glue
White copy paper
Ribbon or string
2 to 3 colors of crepe paper streamers
1. Inflate and tie off balloon and set in coffee mug. Mix equal parts of water and glue in bowl. Tear copy paper into 1/2″ x 3″ strips (I recommend doing this ahead of time. This is a great job for the kids.). Dip a strip of paper into glue mixture, run it between your fingers to remove excess, place it vertically on balloon and smooth to remove air bubbles. Repeat, overlapping slightly, until top half of balloon is covered. Then apply another layer of strips horizontally over same area. Allow to dry (approximately 2 -3 hours). Flip over balloon and cover the rest. Let dry completely. This will take about 6 hours. I let it dry overnight.
2. Using the X-Acto knife, cut a hole 1″ to 2″ wide in bottom of pinata. Deflate and remove the balloon. If you’re hanging the pinata, cut a small hole on top, thread ribbon through it until it comes out the bottom, knot the end, then pull ribbon back up from the top; tie off in a loop at desired length. Fill pinata with your favorite Easter candy, if desired. Patch bottom hole with glue-dipped paper and let dry completely, about 6 hours.
3. Cut twelve 20″ lengths of streamer in one color; cut each in half lengthwise. Apply a line of clear craft glue vertically around the whole pinata. (Tip: A little glue goes a long way! I’m still waiting for mine to dry.). Starting at the bottom, affix a strip, holding it in place as you pull it over the top and back to the bottom. Trim excess. Repeat all around pinata. Be sure to overlap slightly, until surface is covered.
4. Cut three 20″ lengths of streamer in contrasting color; cut each in half lengthwise. Add a horizontal strip at egg’s widest part in same manner.
This paper mache egg project was inspired by a page I saw in Woman’s Day magazine.