Party preparations

We are having a birthday party for Ava this weekend, and we’ve been working on a few projects to prepare. A few weeks ago, we started building a papier mâché piñata.

I inflated a round 36-inch balloon to about 24 inches, and Ava and I covered it in strips of newspaper dipped in wallpaper paste. The online instructions we used suggested four layers, but we stopped at two. Fortunately, that seemed to be enough.

After the paste was dry, we began work on the tissue-paper roses needed to cover the beast. I was grateful to have two willing partners in this endeavor:

To make the roses, we wound them around our fingers and secured the bottom with a staple.

Olivia’s approach was a bit less complicated.

I secured the roses to the base using hot glue, and only burned myself 750 times. I snapped this photo with my phone at the half-way point; I’d used 150 roses. This was the the moment I realized this pinata would be destroyed and thrown away. ON PURPOSE.

Nevertheless, we carried on, making numerous tissue paper runs over the course of the past week. In all, we made about 325 roses. Here’s the end result, filled with packages of Hershey’s kisses, and awaiting a visit from a few woodland fairies.

This is definitely a project I will do again–we had a good time working on it together. But next time, I’ll use a much smaller balloon!

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Doug Smith on March 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I hope it was worth it. Can’t wait to see it destroyed!! Kidding. Beautiful idea, Rebecca, and one they could really help on . . . .

  2. Posted by Rebecca on March 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Bryan said, “Let’s do the pinata first at the party!”

  3. Posted by Laura on March 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    It’s simply stunning, Rebecca! I am in awe!

  4. Posted by Laugh at Jessie on March 16, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I agree with Laura. That is beautiful! In girl scouts my Mom had all the scouts do this once and it was so much fun!

  5. Posted by Karyl on March 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Wow – too bad it will get ruined!

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