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Balloon Pinata Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Shelly Frohardt
Added: Friday, February 4, 2011

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
14 inch balloon - worth spending the money for a good balloon - got mine from the Fun Services on Johnson Drive

newspaper

string - I used yarn - if you use yarn, pick a synthetic yarn like redheart - it is much stronger

1/2 cup all - purpose flour
2 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
3 Tbsp sugar

Directions:
Directions:
In a bowl, combine the flour and cold water. Add to the saucepan of boiling water and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool; it will thicken as it cools. Once it does, it is ready to use.

Place balloon on a bowl for stability. Tear or cut the newspaper into 1 1/2 inch wide strips. Drag the newspaper through the paste, wipe off excess with your finger and place it at an angle on the balloon. Place a second strip so that it slightly overlaps the first. Continue until the balloon has been covered. Allow to dry for 24 hours. Cover leftover paste with plastic so it doesn't dry out.

Add the pinatas hanger before adding the 2nd layer of newspaper. For the pinatas hanger, wrap the midpoint of a length of string around the bottom of the balloon, pulling the ends up to the top. Add another layer of string perpendicular to the first. Tape to the balloon in a few places. Knot together the ends of the string 6 inches above the top. ( I left quite a lot of the sting on top so that I would have enough to hang it from the swing set. I just bunched it all together with masking tape to get it out of the way when covering with the newspaper. Cover the balloon, including the string and the neck, with a layer of newspaper. (you could use the comics for this layer so that you can distinguish one layer from the next. Let it dry. Add more layers to the pinata depending on the age of the child. I used 4 layers for Kate's 6 year old party, 6 layers for Megan's nine year old party and David's 6 year old party.

After the pinata is dry cut a 2 inch hole on top. Decorate the balloon with tissue paper cut into 3 1/2 inch squares. I used a glue stick and glued the corners of the squares, then attached to the balloon overlapping them to get a good coverage. Add the candy or toys. Cover the hole with more tissue paper. Wait for the big day.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I have made so many of these. The kids love them more than the bought ones. They really did work very well. You can use different colored tissue paper to make all kinds of designs. They are work and it is messy but it was often the highlight of the kids party.

 

 

 

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