Piñatas are paper creations that look like different creatures or objects and are filled with candy and toys. Traditionally, guests are blindfolded, spun around in a circle and given a long stick to whack at the piñata, trying to break it open. Unfortunately, this is not practical in all situations, such as with young children or in small spaces. If this is the case, you can make a pull-string piñata, which can be opened with a string. If you are having a Spiderman-themed party, you can easily make the spider that bit Peter Parker and turn it into a pull-string version.
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Things you need
- Large party balloon
- Liquid starch
- Straight pin
- Tin foil
- Masking tape
- White tissue paper
- Utility knife
- Clear tape
Blow up a large party balloon and tie the end to secure it. Tie a 24-inch length of string to the balloon where you tied it off.
Cut or tear newspaper into strips that are an inch thick and 3 to 4 inches long. The number of strips you need depends on the size of your inflated balloon. Dip the strips of newspaper into liquid starch and run the strips through your fingers to remove the excess liquid. You can find liquid starch at your local grocery store.
Lay your strips of wet newspaper over top of your inflated balloon. Make sure the strips overlap one another. Cover the entire balloon, except where you tied the balloon off. Cover the balloon with a second and a third layer in the same manner.
Hang your balloon to dry using the string you attached in Step 1. Leave the balloon to dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Longer time may be required in humid environments. You want your paper mache to be completely dry.
Use a straight pin to pop the balloon inside the paper mache. Remove the deflated balloon and discard it. Fill the paper mache structure with candy and small toys. This part will be your spider's body.
Make a crumpled ball of tin foil for the head of the spider. The size is up to you but should be proportional to the paper mache body. Cover the crumpled tin foil with more paper mache strips, like you did with the body. Allow the head to dry.
Attach the head to the spider's body using masking tape and more paper mache strips, placing the head over the hole in the body. Attach a 24 inch piece of string to the body at this time as well using masking tape. This should be attached where you want to hang your finished piñata.
Use white tissue paper to cover your entire piñata. Attach the tissue paper with more paper mache and allow it to dry completely. Paint your piñata to look like the spider from "Spiderman," using black, blue and red paint. Allow the paint to dry.
Turn your piñata upside down on your work surface. Cut a trap door into the bottom of the piñata using a utility knife. The trap door should be 3 to 4 inches per side. Only cut three sides of the door. Cut small slits along the edge of the trap door. Make one slit for each party guest.
Cut an 18-inch length of ribbon for each party guest. Feed the ribbons through each of the slits you cut in the previous step. Tie the ends of all the ribbons together inside the trap door. Close the trap door and seal it with clear tape.
Tape eight lengths of black yarn to the sides of your piñata using clear tape. You want four on each side. These will be the spider legs. The length of the yarn depends on the size of your piñata.
Hang your completed piñata up with the string you attached in Step 9. Have each guest grab a string and pull to open.
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