How to Make a Paper Mache Strawberry for Kids

Make a paper mache pinata shaped like a strawberry to entertain the kids at a birthday party or other special occasion. All you need to do to get the shape of the strawberry is blow up a regular-shaped balloon. Paper mache is also very inexpensive to make because you can use things you probably already have in your kitchen. The rest of the things you need are cheap and readily available in craft stores.

Pour 5 cups of water into a cooking pot, add 1 cup of all purpose flour to the water and stir. Turn the burner on high, bring to a boil and let it boil for thre minutes. Take the pot off the burner and wait one hour for the flour water to cool. Pour into a bowl.

Rip or cut a newspaper into strips that are about 6 to 10 inches long and 1/2 wide. Since the balloon is round, the strips need to be thin so that they can mould to the rounded surface.

Blow up a balloon to the size that you want the strawberry to be and tie the end. Tie a string tightly to the nozzle end and tie the other end of the string to a hanger over your work area. Attach the hanger to a shelf above your work area or from the ceiling; this is to keep the paper mache from touching anything before it dries. Put a plastic bag under the balloon to protect the work area from drips.

Dip a strip of newspaper all the way into the flour water, just coating the paper, and pull it back out. Hold it over the bowl and use your fingers to gently remove the excess liquid. Place the newspaper strip on the balloon and smooth it down. Leave a 2-inch gap at the top of the balloon around the nozzle. Repeat until the balloon is covered with newspaper and wait eight hours for the first layer to dry. Put a lid on the liquid while you wait, so it doesn't try out.

Cover the balloon with another layer of paper mache and wait 24 hours for it to dry all the way. Pinch the rubber of the balloon at the 2-inch gap you left at the top and pop it with a needle. Pull the rubber out of the hole in the paper mache.

Paint the outside of the paper mache shape with red acrylic paint and add black dots for the strawberry seeds. Wait two hours for the paint to dry and fill the paper mache shape with candy.

Measure and cut a 2 1/2-inch circle out of a cereal box and poke two holes in the centre. Attach it to the top of the strawberry with hot glue to cover the hole in the top and paint it red to match the rest of the strawberry. Wait 30 minutes for the glue to harden.

Loop a string through the two holes in the centre of the circle and tie it. Cut two leaves out of green construction paper and glue them to the top of the strawberry. Hang the finished strawberry piƱata.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cup
  • Cooking pot
  • Flour
  • Bowl
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Balloon
  • Hanger
  • String
  • Plastic bag
  • Needle
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Candy
  • Cereal box
  • Hot glue
  • Construction paper
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.