Cinco de Mayo is around the corner, I love everything related to Mexico from colors, feast, music nevertheless the amazing food. Every celebration can’t be without a Pinata, and it would be even better if everyone gets their own Mini Pinata!
Every time we have a Mexican fiesta, I love to include Mini Pinata; they are so cute and add a nice touch to any party, plus everyone loves them.
We will be making the Maracas Mini Pinatas.
Mini Pinata supplies
- 1 12” Balloon
- 1 ½ tbs flour
- ¼ cup of warm water
- Newspaper or a magazine
- Wrapped Candy
- 3 popsicle sticks
- 1 Cup
- Colored tissue paper cut into small pieces (confetti size)
- Assorted colors of crepe paper streamers.
How to Make Maracas Mini Pinata
Inflate the balloon but just a little to give an oval shape, like a Maraca and then tie it. This will be the molding for the outer Pinata.
Mix the warm water with the flour until the flour gets fully dissolved in the water and becomes a thin paste. If it looks thick then add more room temperature water to thin it.
Cut the newspaper or the magazine to small square shape pieces.
Making the Mini Pinata Base
Dip the paper squares into the prepared flour paste and stick it flat onto the balloon to cover most of it, but make sure to leave a small area from the balloon knot uncovered. Cover the balloon with 3 layers of papers. You can place the balloon on top of a cup and leave it to dry for at least 8 hours; I usually leave it for the next day, but I make sure before I go to bed to flip the balloon upside down to allow the bottom side that was placed inside the cup to dry. You can also hang the balloon from the knot and leave it to dry.
After the pinata base dries and become hard, it is time to pop the balloon and fill the Pinata with candy. Using the scissors cut the exposed part of the balloon and take it out, then fill the Pinata with candy and the confetti size tissue paper.
Glue the 3 popsicle sticks together to make one thick stick, then wrap it with your desired color of the crepe paper streamer.
Put the Pinata base on a cup and make sure that the opened part is facing up. Start by covering the the opened part with paper square dipped in to the flour past but leave the top part unattached then put ¼ of the stick inside the Piñata and start sticking the paper squares togother and add more around both the stick and the Piñata until it’s all covered. Apply 3 coats and leave it to dry.
Please Please Please, do NOT hold the stick before it is fully dry and solid!
Creating the ruffle paper
We will be having layers of colors on top of each other so we will need to start from the bottom of the stick upwards.
Cut around 20 inches of the crepe paper and fold it in half as shown in the picture below. Hold about 4 inches and start wrapping it around to make a 4 inch long piece. With a scissors cut about ¼ inch or less away from the end of the paper half way and start cutting the whole paper into equal sizes, then open the folded paper long side and make sure to keep it folded in half as shown in the picture below.
Decorating the Mini Pinata
Start with the same color as the stick and wrap the exposed part with the crepe paper then glue the end. Using the ruffle paper add glue to the top non-cut end and stick it on the Pinata as shown in the picture below then keep applying the glue to the pinata base and stick the paper around it to make the first row.
In a different color make another row just above the first row so one ruffle part is touching the end of the other ruffle part from the row below it.
Repeat with other colors but make sure you are alternating the color of the ruffle paper in sequence.
I always like to have both the top and the bottom parts including the stick in the same color. Leave it to dry and we are done.
Always remember that you can make more than one at the same time so they can all dry at the same time.
Enjoy creating your own statement! It will be catchy, we’re so sure!