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« on: January 31, 2010 02:57:39 AM »

I'm British. here in the UK piñatas are a relatively new thing (mainly thanks to Asda supermarkets being taken over by WalMart), and as such there's not much choice in the commercially available ones. basically you can get a scary looking donkey, or a cone with "wildcats" on it. As my daughter dislikes donkeys and has no idea who the wildcats are (yay, she's not into high school musical!) I decided to be stupid and make a piñata.
here is a pic of it about halfway thgough, i thought it's make a good thumbnail pic which is why it's here lol!

It started life as three baloons, two local free newspapers (Yellow Advertiser) and a bowl of flour and water paste.

oh noes! one deflated overnight!

well if this happens to you, wet it all over, pull out the broken balloon and insert a new, non-inflated one. be prepared to get flour and water paste on your face as you then re-iunflate the new balloon inside the wet papier maché shell.... or, you know. be sensible and start another one. I'm not sensible.

allow to dry for around 12 hours each stage.... and don't do what I did, I used two layers of paper and goo. this turned out to be too hard for 4 year olds to attack with sticks.

anyway, that pic above is when i began to assemble the body of the butterfly. yes. it's a butterfly.
I put the sweets and toys in just before this point....

getting features like a proboscis, antennae and legs:

sorry, I'm impressed with how I managed to make the proboscis. wet papier maché wound into a coil, wrapped with dry white paper like an old fashioned ringlet, then coiled again and held with wool until dry...

yeah, we hit another flaw here. newspaper print shows through crepe paper. argh. what do I have that can help? ACRYLIC PAINT!!!

I love its cute little face.

wings are made from drinking straws, saranwrap (clingfilm in the uk), crepe paper and PVA glue. they're light. and transluscent. woot.

Then to get the string through the body, I used a technique taught to me by my uncle when he used to mend leather motorcycling outfits.... a large, sharp bodkin needle and two pairs of pliers to force it through the papier maché. it was at this point i started to think maybe it was a bit strong, but this point was the night before the party. Sophie had been promised a butterfly piñata and she'd darned well get one.

finito!! I spent 4 days making something that was destroyed in under 5 mins by 9 x 4 year olds holding sticks.


oh well. they had fun, and amazingly nobody got hurt!!!

« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010 03:46:30 AM »

they're so cute! it's so nice of you to post them here. great job
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010 06:11:10 AM »

she's cute! I like her proboscis!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010 11:11:01 AM »

Another great Mom  Grin You did a really good job on this guy and I love the eyeball, eyeballs  Grin  I can just hear the other kids now telling their parents they want one also....you may get some phone calls LOL  Grin The colours are very pleasing also, great choice

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