Once again Pinterst has lured me into starting a project that looks cute and easy that I really have no time for but could not resist. You would think I would have learned my lesson by now! I found several cute homemade pinata ideas and thought they looked rather easy and fun.
I decided to sort of wing it. I bought a giant balloon at the dollar store for $1.25 and had the a frantic time trying to pump it with my balloon pump as it had a huge blow up hole. Squeak squeak went the little balloon pump and I was mutterring away as I pumped and tried to keep the seal tight so my efforts weren't in vain. My fourteen year old who I hoped would step up and take over turned around and simply said: "Mom WHAAAT are you doing and WHY?" When I told him he just shook his head and went back to his tablet. I forgot to mention this was 11:30 in at night. Yes, I have crafty issues.
So today I cut up the newspaper strips, made a quick no cook paste and took Ry on the deck to tackle the messy part of paper mache-ing the gigantic balloon. Paper mache is messy but fun and keeping drippy, slimy strips slapped on by a six year old on a round object is trickier than one might think. He worked away giggling till the paste started to dry on his arms and in his hair and on his face then he got annoyed and wanted it off and jumped ship. We were only eighty percent done the first coat. He spent the next twenty minutes scrubbing the paste off.
I took this picture when he came back all chipper asking if we could stuff the candies in now. When I explained there were at least two more coats then the tissue decorations he was not impressed and gave me this look of defiance.
Sooo, I will keep on pasting throughout the day and see how it goes. I will share my results as I go but if you must start making a pinata today I would follow Martha Stewarts instructions not mine as mine might be a major fail. Find Martha's instructions and lots more pinata ideas on my Mexican-inspired Pinterest board called Fiesta love.
So far for ours we have bought...
1 giant balloon $1.25
1 spool of cool parachute cord to hang it $1.25
three reams of coloured tissue paper $3.00
1 bottle of Elmers glue $1.00
$5000 worth of sweets to fill the pinata.
Normally when you see pinatas at the grocery store (although I haven't seen any lately) they are about $25, so I figure we are still sort of ahead of the game.
Although I might consume double that in wine in order to finish this endeavour by Saturday. Also I could easily spend $60 on a house keeper right about now to cover off the stuff I am not doing while I continue to make more of a mess!
Back at it....time to make second batch of paste and slap on another layer of strips on that #%&F*@g big balloon on the deck. Wish me luck, if it turns out lovely it will all be worth it. If not I will stuff all the goodies in a box, duct tape it and tie it up for the kiddos to wack and I am sure they won't give a damn. The things we do for our kids in the name of cute parties.