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Topic: DIY Turtle Pinata (Hope this is the right place to post it)  (Read 1534 times)
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« on: October 05, 2012 08:04:42 PM »


*one newspaper's worth of newspaper
*green craft paint/ paintbrush
*green construction paper
*duct tape

Step 1
Mix flour and water together in a bowl until it is about the consistency of thin pancake batter. Cut strips of newspaper about one inch wide. Blow up a balloon (not too full, or you'll end up with it popping before the pinata is done).

Step 2
Dip the strips of newspaper into your flour/water mix (glue) and pull the strip through your fingers to remove excess glue, so there is just a thin layer on both sides of the newspaper. Layer this onto the balloon, one strip at a time, until the balloon is mostly covered. As this is a turtle, the bottom third of the balloon doesn't need to be covered.

Step 3
Allow the covered balloon to dry completely (best when by a fan for 1-2 hours), then repeat the layering process. Continue this until you have 4-5 layers on your pinata.

Step 4
Now, you get to pop your balloon! Using a serrated blade, cut off any extra paper-mache that compromises your turtle-shape. (It's pretty difficult to get a perfect shape without needing to cut off extra, so don't be afraid to brandish that blade.)

Step 5
Paint your shell green. Next, cut out a basic head, tail, and foot shape from green construction paper. Bend the shapes at the edge at a 90 degree angle, then stick to the pinata using duct tape.

Step 6
Fill your pinata with candy, then use strips of duct tape to secure all that sweet candy inside of your pinata. Naturally, some tape will show on the bottom sides after you're done. Brush some green paint over the duct tape and no-one needs to know.

Step 7
Here's your final step. Poke two small holes right next to each other on the top of the pinata with a knife. Use the hook of the hanger to go in and then out of these two holes and voila! You have something to hang the pinata with.
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012 12:55:25 AM »

Thank you so much for the tutorial. What a great, simple working shape.

Look twice, buy once. Nooooo
Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012 08:37:01 AM »

Lovely simplicity!

Sorry, but seeing the picture I couldn't help thinking it was an extremely large avocado pinata.... Smiley
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012 09:20:05 AM »

I made something with paper mache also, a while ago.
I used Mark Montano's technique for paper mache mush and Goop
Its not for a pinata but more of a Sculpture. and its long lasting.


I also make piatas, though. Heres a picture of the Disney Princess-ish one that I made about a month ago for a girls bday Party!!

« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012 07:04:19 AM »

What a cute idea.

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