Last summer our neighborhood held a block party and I wanted to make something a little different than, say, a potato salad.
I came to the conclusion that nothing says 'party' like a pinata, right?! And what's better than a pinata? MULTIPLE
pinatas, of course! It seemed like such a good idea at the time ... The fact of the matter was, I hadn't made a pinata since, oh, third grade. In the Seventies. Fortunately, pinata making is like riding a bike, and by god, it was time to hop back on.
I decided I'd make a pinata for little kids, teens and 'tweens and then one for adults - because why should kids get to have all the fun?!
My elementary aged kids are heavily into Kirby, so I decided to make him/her/it. It was a good call. Making a Kirby pinata is E-Z! I used one of those inflatable round punching balls as Kirby's body, taped on cardboard arms, fashioned a hammer (Kirby had to have a way to fight back, right?), and taped on tiny, barely inflated water balloons for the feet.
Kirby got the mummy treatment - multiple layers of drippy hand-torn newspaper strips dipped in a mixture of flour, water and Elmer's glue. Once two layers were complete and dry, I cut a hole in Kirby and stuffed it with dollar store treasures (bouncy balls, puzzles, art supplies, little pretties and candy, of course. Then I patched Kirby up, base coated and painted him (that's the fun part!) .
Next up, the teens and 'tweens model. Knowing the neighborhood is boy heavy, I suspected they'd get kind of a kick out of bashing Hello Kitty's head in. Turns out I was right. ... The HK pinata was not so EZ. That big head makes her super top heavy, and the bow kinda gave me fits. ...
I stuffed her with things I figured teens would dig on - Pop Rocks, energy shots and small explosives (don't worry, just party poppers and such)
Last but not least, for the adults I settled on the Heat Miser (oh how I heart those Rankin-Bass classics). At the time, we were in the middle of a heatwave and I literally wanted to beat the heat. Mr. Heat Miser was a challenge.
Building the body wasn't so bad, but painting him off and settling on how to do his hair was a bear.
I filled him with adult stuff, like airline sized bottles of alcohol, herbal tea and sample packs of pain killers.
I was sooooo glad when I finished the trio - and they were a hit with the neighbors. (Get it? A HIT
One neighbor liked the pinatas so much, he asked me to make one for him. With a "Boogie Nights" theme. That was interesting ...