Making a pinata should not be a difficult task. The materials required to build one are inexpensive and the procedure is straightforward enough. Anyone can do it. Party ideas don’t get easier than this one – and the beauty of it is that the kids can get involved in making it too. Props to Taylor and Cloth for this interesting tutorial.
See below for Kate’s Pineapple Piñata Tutorial…
Blow up some balloons, rip up some strips of old newspaper and make a mixture of flour and water at a ratio of 1:1. To cover all 3 balloons we needed 1 cup of water mixed with 1 cup of flour.
Dip the newspaper strips into the bowl of flour and water, sliding it along the edge of the bowl to scrape most of the liquid off. You don’t want it to be too wet. Cover the balloons in newspaper completely and allow them to dry.
Paint the paper mache balloons in a non toxic, acrylic yellow paint and again let them dry. Cut up some green cardboard so it looks like long strips of green grass.
Pop the balloons and cut a small hole in top of the pineapple. Remove the flat balloons via this hole and put in your lollies of choice before rolling up the green grass cardboard to fit the hole. Secure the cardboard with sticky tape, insert it into the hole and use some non toxic craft glue to attach the cardboard to the pineapple. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Once dry, I drew on the pineapples with a black felt tip pen to add a little more detail.
Hang your piñatas by tying a piece of string around a mini paddle pop stick or shortened skewer, insert it into the top of the cardboard stalk then pull it up until it catches.