Make your party pop with this festive piñatathat you make yourself. A great project to do with kids.
Recipe: Party Piñata
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Mix together the flour, sugar, and alum.Slowly add one cup of the water, stirring to work out all thelumps. Boil the mixture, stirring constantly, until the pasteis smooth and clear. Add the remainder of the water and mix well.Allow the paste to cool before using on the inflated balloon.
Blow up the balloon and tie. If the pasteis too thick, add a little water for easier spreading. Cut thenewspaper into 2-inch wide strips and lay them out on newspaperand have your child brush the paste on them with the sponge-tippedpaintbrush. You can also dip the strips directly into the paste,but the drying time will be longer. Cover the balloon with crisscrossedlayers of paste-covered newspaper strips.
The number of layers to lay on the balloonwill depend on the ages of the children at the party. You wanteveryone to have a turn hitting the piñata, but you don’twant it too difficult to burst. For small children, 2 to 3 layersis sufficient. For older children and adults, add up to 4 layers.
Leave a space at the top of the balloonfor an opening and cover it later with construction paper ora hat.
Allow 1 to 2 days for drying, and thenpop the balloon. Be careful; if the papier mâchis still damp, the piñata will cave in with the collapseof the balloon. After the balloon is popped, have your childpaint the piñata. To hang it after the paint dries, poke3 to 4 holes about 3-inches down from the opening and reinforcethe holes with tape and tie on the strings to the length desired.
For the party, ask your guests to bringa contribution for the piñata and add the prizes as theyarrive. Consider other things besides candy: whistles, erasers,small rubber balls and popcorn are a few ideas.
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon alum
1 3/4 cups water
1 large balloon
1 package poster paint
1 package string
1 package candy and prizes
Makes 1 Piñata.
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