I have been making pinatas for my kid's birthdays for around five years now and wanted to share how I do it.
This post will teach you how to make any pinata. I'll give you instructions and I'll post some pictures of my past pinatas in my blog. I also have a video that shows each phase.
The first thing to do is buy one of those big bouncy balloons. Recently, they have become harder to find so I suggest when you do find them, that you buy several. I recommend using the big bouncy balloons because of their thickness and round shape. You can create any design using a round shape. I'm an artist and I have drawn several future pinata designs that I will also post in my blog, so if you don't see what your looking for, just let me know and I'll prepare some sketches. I'd be happy to add them.
Tear up a bunch of newspaper, varying sizes.
Grab a small, soft paint brush; if you don't have one that's fine, you can use your hands.
Make some glue. Here's a glue recipe:
Boil some water and add flour to it until you get a gooey consistency, like gravy. Let it cool down to about room temperature.
Blow up the balloon, (keep the rubber band part of the balloon on) and set it in a big bowl, such as a mixing bowl or you can also use a strainer. The bowl will keep the balloon still for you. Put the rubber band part up -- it will be the top of your pinata.
Start applying the glue concoction with your brush or hand. Do a small section and apply a piece of your torn-up newspaper. Make sure it's pressed down well. Then repeat the same process, overlapping, so the entire balloon gets covered. Get as close as you can to the top (rubber band part) without covering it. When you cover what is visable, then turn the balloon over in your bowl and do the bottom of the balloon.
Let this dry overnight. I hang mine (by the rubber band) from a hook in my ceiling.
Get some string (yarn will also do) and continue to wrap your pinata several times, coming together at the top. After you have wrapped it, get a stronger string like binder twine or you can double-up with your yarn. Insert it under all your strings, leaving enough binder twine for your needs. If you plan to hang it from a tree, then you will need a lot of binder twine, etc. Next, take the rubber band off and use your string to hang it after your next coat.
Repeat step 6, applying your glue and paper over your strings. Cover the whole thing as in step 6. Hang it by the string and let it dry overnight.
You can choose to put another layer on -- the more layers you have, the stronger it will be -- and the harder it will be to break. I usually put on three layers.
Time for the fringe, this part is difficult so I've added a video to demonstrate.
Have fun! I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. To make this experience more memorable, let your kids help. It's a lot of fun.
For some pictures of my past pinatas and some sketches of future pinatas,
go to: http://yourhobbie.blogspot.com