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    Default Has anyone made their own piñata?

    Has anyone made their own piñata? DS wants a disco party and a disco ball piñata is going to cost about $40-$50 plus sweets which seems rather excessive so I was thinking of making one myself but I don't want it to break on the first smash or need DF to get the chainsaw out to get it open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy-Bee View Post
    Has anyone made their own piñata? DS wants a disco party and a disco ball piñata is going to cost about $40-$50 plus sweets which seems rather excessive so I was thinking of making one myself but I don't want it to break on the first smash or need DF to get the chainsaw out to get it open.

    Tips anyone?
    Ive made a few. Cant give much advice (just used flour/water glue, balloon, newspaper and paint) because I was so worried about them breaking first go that they were solid. We still have one sitting it the shed from DSSs 6th birthdat two years ago. I think just do a few layers and (unlike me) use self control.

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    ImageUploadedByThe Bub Hub1399277796.808870.jpgI saw this on fb today, just blow up and each kid has prizes

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    If u go to a fishing shop u can get the really big balloons. Lots of paper layers an pva glue with harden a bit better than flour and water.

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    I made this one for a hens night lol. My biggest tip is to make 2 and then you have one to practice smashing before the day and a back up one! And leave lots of time to make it, start it 3-4 days before

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    Attachment 53974I saw this on fb today, just blow up and each kid has prizes
    I love this idea!

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    Yes. I have made a few. Watered down clag clue, newspaper and the final layer white tissue paper to make it easy to paint. Once dry I cut a smallish flap in the top for the lollies and glitter to go in. I let it dry in between each layer so I have done it over a few weekends.

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    Use inflated beach ball ($2 cheap shop) for shape. Watered down clag is best. Let each layer dry. Mirror squares was just silver wrapping paper.

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    Have made so, so many. Used to make them for parties as a kid, and have done a few in recent years.

    I usually use a large balloon (blow this up, coat it, pop & remove the balloon), newspaper, homemade glue (flour & water), and do about 8-10 layers. From what I've read, 10 layers is usually considered excessive.... but it's always worked well for me. Might depend on the number/age of kids though.

    For the most recent one I made, I wanted a really round shape. I went to a specialist party store and got a large almost-perfectly-round balloon for about 50c.

    My most important tip would be to do 1 or 2 layers at a time, and then let it dry completely.Make sure you only use a small amount of glue (I dip the strip of paper, then scrape excess off with 2 fingers). Especially if you use a four-based glue, the glue can start to go moldy if you don't let it dry completely. Also, of course, you want it to be properly dry so that it's strong.

    Might see if I can find pictures of any of my pinatas now... they're such a cool thing to make

    Oh also, get the kids involved. It's great fun!

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