How to Make a Soccer Pinata

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How to Make a Soccer Pinata
It's easy to make a soccer ball pinata for a soccer-themed party. (soccer ball image by John Steel from

Pinatas are a wonderful decoration in addition to being a vital part of a classic party game. Complete the look of your next soccer-themed party by making a soccer ball pinata. Making your own pinata saves money, allows you to customise the ball and enables you to fill it with any treat you'd like, such as candy, stickers, sweat bands, even soccer socks.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • Balloon
  • Needle
  • Paint
  • Streamers
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Tear newspaper into one-inch-wide strips. In a mixing bowl, combine one cup of water and two cups of flour. Stir well. Blow up a round balloon and tie the end in a knot.

  2. 2

    Dip a strip of newspaper in the water and flour paste. Place the newspaper strip on the balloon. Continue in this fashion until the entire balloon, except for a two-inch-by-two-inch spot, is covered. Set the balloon aside and let dry.

  3. 3

    Repeat step 2 a few times so you are left with multiple layers of newspaper forming a hard shell over the balloon. If the balloon is intended for older children, you may want to make it more difficult to break by adding additional layers. If it's intended for younger children, then only do a couple layers of newspaper so the pinata can easily be broken.

  4. 4

    Poke a needle through the hole left exposed to pop the balloon. Pull the balloon pieces out of the pinata. Patch the hole with damp newspaper as before. Let dry.

  5. 5

    Paint the pinata white. Cut hexagon and pentagon shapes out of construction paper or card stock. Use a pencil to trace the two shapes all around the pinata, creating a soccer-ball pattern. Fill in the pentagons with black paint, or use a different colour if you choose. Glue streamers from the bottom and sides of the ball to give it a true pinata appearance.

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