Axel asked for a pinata for his birthday. I said no problem you got it. Axel clarified: "I want my OWN pinata for my birthday, where no one else gets to hit it". I said, no way, you gotta share. After several weeks of debate/tearful discussion on the matter, we came to a solution. Our party would have a very small guest list, and every kid would gets their own homemade pinata to smash up. Pinatas are actually pretty easy and cheap to make, here are the steps:
Use balloons to create the main body shape,
and then wrap with strips of wet newspaper with a paper mache technique:
Each of the layers dries completely before adding another. I limited it to only three layers since I have horrible childhood memories of "the unbreakable homemade pinata", where we literally once had to use a saw to cut it open, NOT the best party activity for five year olds. . .
legs can be added with any crafty material available, in this case toilet paper rolls
Once everything dries give it a quick layer of primer
My absolute favorite part was stuffing them with candy - We had WAY too much of course! :)
By this point Axel became interested in the process and he actually helped decorate
Axel and Peyton decided we should create four little one-eyed aliens:
The Final Result!!