How To Make a Hot Air Balloon Pinata
This hot-air balloon
pinata is great for first time makers -- and it makes
for a nice big target for little pinateros.
14-inch balloon, inflated
One batch papier-mâché paste
1 two-page spread each of regular newspaper and the
32-oz. plastic yogurt container, cut in half horizontally
5 sheets of tissue paper in bright colors, cut
into 3 1/2-inch squares
4 lbs. of individually wrapped candies
needed: Afternoon or Evening
1. For stability while working, place
the balloon in a 10-inch bowl. Fold the spread of
newspaper in half and then in half again. Tear (don't
cut) 1 1/2-inch-wide strips so they have a slightly
rough edge (tearing along a straight edge works well).
The rough edges help make a smooth overall surface.
Drag a strip of newspaper through the papier-mâché
paste, wipe off any excess with your fingers, and
place it at an angle on the balloon. Place the second
strip so that it slightly overlaps the first. Continue
until the balloon has been covered with one layer
of paper strips--except for a 2-inch square at the
top, through which the candy will go. Give the papier-mâché
up to 24 hours to dry. Cover your leftover paste with
plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out (if it does, add
2. For the piñata's hanger, wrap the midpoint
of a length of string (doubled up, if necessary) around
the bottom of the balloon, pulling the ends up to
the top; tape it to the balloon in a few places. Knot
together the ends of the string 6 inches above the
top. Tape the top half of the yogurt container to
the bottom of the balloon. This will become the neck
of the hot air balloon.
3. Cover the balloon (including the string), the neck
and the bottom half of the yogurt container (which
will become the hot air balloon basket) with a layer
of strips of comics, placing them at a different angle
from the first layer. (Using different colored strips
lets you distinguish one layer from the next, ensuring
a uniform overall thickness.) Allow the second layer
4. Cover the balloon, neck and basket with strips
of plain newsprint going in a third direction. Smooth
over any rough edges as you work. Allow the balloon
to dry thoroughly.
5. Punch four holes into the neck of the hot air balloon
and four into the basket. Attach string to the neck
about 3 1/2 inches from the base of the balloon to
later suspend the basket.
6. Dot the corners of a tissue square with a glue
stick and place it just to the side of the 2-inch
square on the top of the balloon. Follow with other
squares in the same color, working your way diagonally
down around the balloon. When you get to the bottom,
start at the top again in another color, fitting the
squares into a houndstooth pattern. If you want to
add streamers, cut 2- by 30-inch lengths of tissue
paper and glue them onto matching colored squares
about halfway down.
Cover the basket with squares of tissue in different
colors. Attach the basket to the balloon. Puncture
the uncovered part of the balloon at the top of the
piñata and remove all of the balloon fragments.
Make sure the inside of the piñata is completely
dry before you fill it, so the candy won't stick to
the sides. Fill it about halfway with the candy. Cover
the opening with some tissue squares, and your piñata
is ready to hang.
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