A pinata is a container that is stuffed with candy and toys. Pinatas are used at kids parties, particularly in Latin American. The pinata is hung high in the air and the children at the party take turns hitting it with a stick. The child with the stick is blindfolded. The pinata is hit until it bursts and candy and toys fall from it for all of the children to enjoy. Pinatas can be made in all shapes and sizes. A Nemo pinata can be created for your child's next birthday party.
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Things you need
- 1 cup flour
- 5 cups cold water
- Butcher's paper
Make the papier-mache. Blend together flour and cold water until it is runny. To achieve optimal results, simmer the mixture at a slow boil for five minutes. Let it cool.
Tear the newspaper into inch-wide strips in the length of your choice.
Blow up your balloon and cover it with vaseline. Your balloon should be oval so that it looks similar in size and shape to Nemo.
Immerse each strip of newspaper in the papier-mache mix. Remove any excess moisture. Wrap moistened newspaper around the balloon, completely covering it. Leave the knot of the balloon exposed. Add a tail and a fin for Nemo. Let the newspaper dry completely, then add another layer.
Let the pinata fully dry; leaving it overnight works best. Pop the balloon and cut off the knotted end.
Fill the pinata with candy and toys. Items from "Finding Nemo" are a nice touch. Consider going to a party store to find Nemo-shaped candy and toy clown fish. Cover the open hole with tape.
Cut two small slits on each side of the pinata cavity. They should be spaced far apart so the string doesn't break the pinata. Pull strings through the open holes.
Add additional papier-mache layers to make the pinata strong. A total of three to six layers is enough. Extra papier-mache is needed around the holes to strengthen the pinata.
Apply butcher's paper as the last two layers of the pinata. This will stop the newspaper print from leaking into the paint.
Paint the pinata in the colours of Nemo, which are orange, white and black. Paint the body orange. Alternate the orange paint with white stripes near Nemo's head and tail. Paint the tips of the fins and tail black, and the eyes white with black irises. Allow the paint to dry completely.
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