Candy is a big part of Easter celebrations across the country. Even better than receiving candy in a basket from the Easter bunny, is a huge Easter egg piñata packed with the goodies. Save money by making your own piñata, a project that is very kid-friendly. The few days it takes to complete this project are well worth the wait!
You will need:
• Large oval-shaped balloon
• White glue or flour
• Masking tape
• Craft paint in pastel colors
• Knife or scissors
• Assorted wrapped candy
• Piece of paper
• Medium-sized pot (if using flour)
• Salt (if using flour)
Step 1: Cover the work area with newspaper and blow up the balloon. Knot the balloon, tuck in the knot, and place a piece of masking tape over the area.
Step 2: Tear more newspaper into 1×3-inch strips. The measurements can vary and do not need to be exact.
Step 3: Prepare the paste for paper mache. If you are using glue, mix 1 part water and 2 parts glue in the container. To go the traditional route, boil 1 part flour and 4 parts water in a pot for 3 minutes, adding 1 tablespoon salt. Use the spoon to stir the mixture during boiling. Allow the mixture to cool.
Step 4: Dip paper strips into the paste and stick them to the balloon one at a time. Once the entire balloon is covered aside from a small area near the top, apply a second layer of paper strips, leaving this small area open. Allow the paste to dry overnight.
Step 5: Use a knife or scissors to pop the balloon in the open space. Open the hole so it is large enough to insert candy. After filling the piñata with candy, cut a piece of paper to cover the hole. Put paste on the edges of the paper and put the paper over the hole. Apply two coats of paste to the entire egg (you can apply a fourth coat if you feel it is necessary). Allow the paste to dry overnight.
Step 6: Use the paint and paintbrush to paint your egg so it resembles an Easter egg. Let the paint dry. Use the ribbon and glitter to accent the egg. Let the glue dry after applying the decorations.
Step 7: Loop two pieces of string under the egg, criss-crossing them to provide support. Tie the piñata to a tree branch with the string. Allow each child a turn swatting at the piñata with a broomstick while blindfolded until the piñata opens and the candy falls onto the ground.