Piñatas are always a hit – no pun intended. 😉 If you’re short on time, you can purchase one for around £12 on Amazon – click through to take a peak. But if you’re up for a bit of DIY, these versions can be made very cheaply. They work well for Halloween as a decoration, as well as being a great way to keep the sweets hidden until the big day.
Here are two simple ways to make a DIY piñata…
How to make a paper mache piñata
Step 1: Mix one part water with one part flour to create a gooey paste.
Step 2: Blow up a balloon and cut newspaper into strips.
Step 3: Dip the newspaper strips into the paste, squeezing off any excess. Apply to the balloon.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3, layering the newspaper on until the balloon is covered with three/four layers. Leave an opening at the top for the sweets.
Step 5: Let it dry for at least 24 hours. Then pop the balloon and attach the string.
Step 6: Fill with goodies and tape up the opening.
Step 7: Decorate to suit your chosen theme – the balloon shape is great for a spiders body (just add legs) or a pumpkin.
How to make a cardboard piñata
Step 1: Raid the recycling bin for cardboard and cut to your chosen shape or theme.
Step 2: Use parcel tape to fix the sides in place.
Step 3: Attach the string.
Step 4: Cut a small flap, fill with goodies and then tape the flap shut too.
Step 5: Decorate to suit your chosen theme – ghosts and monsters work well with this method.