To make the glue:
3 cups flour
2 cups water
Stir to make a paste
Newspaper, torn into strips
streamers, markers anything you want to decorate your pinata
regular Elmer’s glue
candy and small pinata toys
heavy duty string to hold up your pinata
aprons…this gets messy
(you can use shaped balloons, too, to create fun ones other than a circle). I used just a regular balloon for us newbies and thought I’d get more creative once I had this one mastered.
Blow up the balloon and dip the strips of newspaper into the homemade glue paste and lay all over the balloon. Do this to cover the whole balloon, giving it a good 3 coat coverage of dipped newspaper. Allow to dry, it takes about 3 days. I had mine sit in a bowl to help circulation of air. Keep rotating the balloon in the bowl to ensure it is all drying well.
Once dry, pop the balloon, and it’s time to decorate! We used streamers of all different colors and glued them on. We even had some hanging off the bottom. I just let the kids have at it and they had a lot of fun!
Now cut, carefully a hole (just half of one so you can close the flap) at the top to fill in the candy. You can take out the deflated balloon in the inside.
Cut two holes on each side of the hole at the top and tie tough string through and tie. This will enable you to tie another piece of yarn to it as a way to harness it up high to hit. I used our swing-set, taking out one of the swings to accommodate all the swinging.
Load it up full of candy, grab a handkerchief if some children want to be blindfolded, a stick (we used a broom) and you’re ready for some true Mexican fun!