Two years ago Brian and I brought a store-bought piñata along to a weekend getaway with some friends. We filled it with adult-friendly goodies like alcohol nips (in plastic bottles), gift cards and travel-size beauty products, and then topped it off with some candy treats. It was a big hit—literally—so we decided to do it again when the same group of friends got together this past weekend. In addition to Memorial Day we were also celebrating a friend’s birthday. We knew we had to pull out all the stops and do something extra special so we made our own piñata.
And it worked! Luckily it just took some time, imagination and a few papier mâché skills that we each picked up in elementary school. Click through the slideshow below to see how it all came together.
SWWU Tip 1: As you may notice, it’s a bit difficult to tell what our piñata resembles. Is it a monster, an odd wingless bird or something else entirely? We don’t know, and that’s the point. Since this was our first attempt at papier mâché in a few decades we decided to start off easy and make something unrecognizable. It’s still pretty cute, though—whatever it is!
SWWU Tip 2: Want your piñata to last longer? The more coats of newspaper you use, the stronger it will be. We ended up with three coats on ours. Also avoid hitting it with a wooden bat or broomstick (especially if you’re a big, strong adult—remember, these things are designed for kids). A classic Wiffle Ball bat is perfect!
SWWU Tip 3: Mix equal parts flour and water to form the perfect papier mâché paste. It should resemble pancake batter. Be sure to let your structure dry completely between coats.