After having searched around for days for the perfect party piñata both online and at every party store in Singapore, I finally decided to get a bit creative and make a DIY piñata for my son’s monster themed Birthday party.

Making a piñata is not hard, but since this was my first time, it was not easy, nor was it quick and simple. Making a piñata takes a lot of time and effort. But trust me it was worth it in the end! Here is a step-by-step on how to make your own piñata at home out of a large balloon and newspapers.

Things You Will Need:

  • A Large Sized Balloon
  • Newspaper Strips
  • Paper-Mâché Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Masking tape
  • Ribbon
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Cutting blade (optional)

Step 1: Make the Paper-Mâché Glue (click here for the recipe). Put the glue in the fridge to cool down.

Step 2: Blow up the balloon and tie the end. Note: The balloon I used was 170 cm/66 in when fully blown up. I purchased it from Toys R’ US.

Step 3: Using the paint brush apply a layer of paste on the balloon.

Step 4: Keep applying the glue on the newspaper strip by strip and attach it to the piñata.

Step 5: When the piñata is fully covered flip it over and do it again. Apply at least 4-6 layers.

Step 6: Let it dry overnight. If you are satisfied, then you can move on to Step 7. If you want your piñata to more sturdy, re-do steps 4-5.  Note: I let my piñata dry for 2 nights and then did another 4-5 layers of paper mâché.

Step 7: Once the piñata is fully dry, pop the balloon. Cover the balloon hole with masking tape.

Step 8: On the top of the piñata, make to black circles where you want your ribbon to be. The ribbon will be used to hang the piñata.

Step 9: Cut holes in the piñata. Put a piece of masking tape on the edge of the ribbon and put it through the hole.

Step 10: Tape the outside of the hole and make sure the the string is held in place.

Step 11: Cut an opening on the side of the piñata big enough for your hand to fit through.

Step 12: Remove the balloon from the inside of the piñata.

Step 13: Tape the ribbon used to hold the piñata from the inside. Make sure to criss-cross the tape so that it will not come loose. Note: I used a lot of tape both on the inside and outside. I wanted to make sure the piñata would not fall off the string.

Step 14: Stuff the piñata with candy and other goodies.

Step 15: Tape up the hole.

How to Decorate the Pinata

You are now finished making the paper mâché piñata! The next step is decorating the piñataClick Here to read how to decorate/create a “Monster” pinata.

If you are still looking for more pinata ideas. Check out this SuperMommy “Easy Guide to Making Your Pinata” and get lots of inspiration and easy pinata making tips.

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