Sometime this summer I decided to make The ManFlesh's nieces a snowman pinata for xmas. I spent months picking up trinkets to stuff it with (no candy for these girls), then wrapped half of them in one color of paper and half in another to avoid squabbles. The photo above is taken in our house, before I packed him up to ship back "home."
He's built on a 36" balloon blown up to about 20" and using packing paper and watered down Elmer's Glue-all (rather than flour paste), because I had LOTS of both and I didn't want him too hard to break since the girls are 6 and 8 and I've been to parties where grown men hand to pummel a grounded pinata to get it to spill it's treasures. I also left a few week spots.
I made coal for his eyes and mouth by crumpling up strips of paper soaked with the Elmers/water mixture that I later painted with exterior house paint, because that's the inexpensive black I had on hand. I like how they turned out shiny, like real coal. His nose is a cone made from a cereal box that I coated with the paper mache combo so its texture would match. When that dried I painted it with craft paint, then when that
was dry I added some glitter snow to the top side.
Before I glued the "coal" on, I sprayed the whole thing with glitter spray from my stash (probably a dozen years old). I'd have preferred silver, but I had this and since the whole thing is going to be unwrapped and smashed to smithereens w/in a few minutes certain details aren't that important.
The hat is my favorite part! It covers the hole left in the top for filling the pinata with trinkets and is so silly and undersized it makes me giggle. It's made from the bottom of a cylinder-shaped box (originally with dishwasher soap or something in it) and paper board. I assembled the parts and then coated the whole thing with a layer of paper mache to match the texture. When that was dry, I painted it, added the faux holly and added some glitter "snow."
The cylinder box's bottom was recessed and I liked the idea of that, but wanted it to be sloped, so the paper mache helped make it so.
I made the thing assuming I'd ship it in one of the 24"x24"x24" boxes we had left over from our move. Except I didn't verify that the boxes were that size and they weren't (they were smaller) so I ended up having to made a box to ship it in tomorrow morning! It was like making a pinata inside a pinata except I didn't want any weak spots in the shipping box! Luckily we have a few appliance boxes around and the dishwater box fit the bill (and the snowman). We are going to be there for xmas, but don't have room in the car for all the gifts, so we're shipping them ahead. I'll fill the pinata and glue the hat on when we get there. WOO!
SHIPPING UPDATE! So I get down to the PO with all my boxes to ship them and my pinata box is 5" too long in one direction (any direction) to qualify for Priority Mail at all. I can get Parcel Post for only $13! BUT, I would have to pay an oversize parcel fee of, get this, $55. FIFTY-FIVE DOLLARS!? Luckily, I had almost 6" to spare on one side, so I brought that bastard home, cut 5.25" off one end (just to be safe) and remade the box. I was able to ship Priority for $28. Next year, everyone is getting magazine subscriptions and feathers.