My brother called and said he was making an impromptu 1600+ mile (one way) trip to see everyone. He was heading to my other brothers house in less than a week from when he called! So an unexpected mini family reunion was in the works. The week my brother decided to make his surprise trip also happened to be birthday week at our house, so we had to re-arrange a few (ok lots!) planned events. One thing we decided on was to have a birthday party at my brothers. Not only was it Bacon Jr and Little Boy Bacon's birthdays, but the next week was their cousin's birthday as well. So we threw together a few things for a party! One thing the kids wanted was a pinata, and they choose two days before we had to leave to ask if they could have one. Humm.. sure we can have one. I remember making one before... in kindergarten! It couldn't be too hard right? A little online research and we were off!
First to gather some supplies to make a pinata. Here is what you need:
Newspaper torn into about 2 inch strips. Best guess is just fine, you just want smaller strips.
A nice big balloon
something to protect your table (or work surface)- I don't suggest more newspaper! I'll explain more later.
Some place to hang your pinata so you can attach the newspaper- think creative!
Items to decorate pinata with
So to get started, tear up the newspaper. The kids had a blast with this step! It was like Christmas all over again, only minus the toy clutter!
Now it's time to mix up the goo or paste, which ever you'd like to call it.
2 cups water
1 cup flour
1/4 cup glue (which happens to be half a standard size bottle of glue)
Pour all these in a bowl (I choose glass that would clean up easy) and mix well.
You're all set, let the mess begin! Take one piece of torn up newspaper and dip it into the mixture. Take your fingers and slide them in a scissor fashion and squeegee off as much of the goo as you can. Then lay it on the balloon. Continue on with the next piece slightly overlapping as you go. Make sure you stir the goo mix every few minutes as it likes to settle. Once you get the first layer on, it's time to start on the second.
Now for a few tips, notice there is no wine bottle! No it wasn't so stressful I had to finish it off half way though the project. The balloon got too heavy as we added paper to it and it wouldn't stand up any longer. So half way though coating this balloon (fairly fast because I was afraid it would dry as soon as I put it on. Don't worry, it won't!) I had to think of a new place to hang it. This is where I was wishing for a clothes line outside. Then I decided to create one inside! Two bar stools and some string and we're back up and running. The other tip that I mentioned before is not to put down newspaper on your work surface to do this project. Our balloon for a while sat on top of the newspaper that covered the table and all the newspaper we had on the balloon fell off and stuck to the paper on the table. Nothing a re-coat job didn't fix! Maybe it was cause we were a bit heavy on the 'goo'.
Now where to place the pinata to dry? Fist I propped it up on an ice cream pain in the tub. And gave the froggies specific instructions to watch it and not to let anyone touch it until it was dry! By the time I headed to bed seven hours later it was still pretty wet. Mr. Bacon suggested placing it on the kitchen table overnight where there would be more air flow. In the morning it was a bit drier, but not as much as I hoped. So I
I chose to leave the door open, I just kinda pushed it shut. I was going to find some tape to secure the door shut, but somehow got side tracked. I promise it wasn't the wine! I'm thinking it was more Bacon Bit needing some mommy time. If you want and have more time you could make up some more goo and close the door securely so nothing comes out until it's party time.
Lets just say it was a huge 'HIT'! The kids had a blast taking turns hitting it. Now honestly feeling the pinata when it was dry I thought it was too flimsy and my first thoughts were if I ever make another one, I'm putting on more layers. I was all prepared to have just the little kids swing at it because it felt that after one swing it would break apart. After seeing the kids bash away on this at the party, I'm glad I stuck with the three layers! It took several hits by the bigger kids to finally break it apart. And the area that helped break it was the door I left untapped from putting in the goodies!
birthday cakes. Each year I let the kids decide what design they want and I try to come close to creating something edible that they like! This year Bacon Jr wanted Angry Birds and Little Boy Bacon requested a Yoshi cake! Nothing like easy requests here right?! After working on them all evening before the party, they were extremely happy with the outcome!
It's been a busy July, but it was all worth it! Nothing is better than seeing smiles on the faces of your children! So go have a party! (even if it's no one's birthday!) What a fun way this could be to celebrate the end of summer!