- Large, Round Balloon
- Paper Mache Paste
- Crepe Paper
- String or Yarn
- Masking Tape
Paper mache can be very messy so make sure you protect your work surface and anything else the paste might come in contact with. Blow up your balloon as large as it will go. Grab a bowl that your balloon will fit on top of and cover it with plastic wrap. Set the balloon on top of the bowl.
Tear several newspaper pages into strips. You will need a lot. By tearing the newspaper into strips instead of cutting them, they will lay flatter on the balloon. You will want the strips to by about 1-inch wide and 6- to 8-inches long. Set these aside next to the balloon.
Browse through this collection of paper mache paste recipes and choose the one you prefer. I usually use the simplest recipe, which is the no-cook paste. Make the paste in a glass or metal bowl (it might be a little harder to wash the paste off of plastic).
Dip the newspaper strips into the paste you made. Remove any extra glue on the newspaper piece by running it through your pinched fingers. Spread the newspaper onto the balloon. Continue this, making the strips go in all different directions, until your balloon is completely covered. Make sure you leave a small hole on the end where the balloon is tied so you can remove the balloon and fill the pinata. Let the first layer dry.
Add two or three more layers of paper mache to your balloon. Allow each layer to dry completely before putting on the next layer. Once it is dry, pop the balloon and remove it through the opening you left.
You can now decorate your pinata. The fastest way is to paint it with bright designs. After the paint is dry, you can hang some crepe paper streamers from the bottom. You might want to wrap strips of crepe paper around your pinata, cutting fringe along the edge. You can also decorate your pinata using squares of tissue paper.
To hang your pinata, poke 4 small holes evenly spaced around the larger hole in the top. Thread a piece of string, yarn, or even fishing line through each hole and tie them together at the top. Cover the holes and secure the string further using pieces of masking tape. Tie a longer piece of string onto these and use it to hang up the pinata.
If you would like to see this process in action, check out this 'How to Make a Pinata' video.
Check out more pictures of paper mache pinatas in this photo gallery.