How to Make a Cupcake Pinata
It’s party time! Pinatas are a great addition to any summer party – who doesn’t love something that explodes with sweets when you smash it?! This is a really easy project – get the kids sticking, cutting and decorating to make an adorable cupcake piñata.
1. Begin by blowing up your balloon and preparing the mache paste. Mix two parts PVA glue to one part lukewarm water and stir well. Tear your newspaper into large squares.
2. To mache the balloon, paint a layer of paste onto the balloon and then stick the newspaper on. Cover with another layer of glue. Cover the whole balloon making sure you don’t leave any gaps and then leave to dry. The more layers of mache you do, the stronger the piñata will be (we covered ours with four layers). Make sure you leave a hole at the bottom of the balloon when maching, so you can pull the balloon out. Little ones will love helping with this part as it can be messy!
3. Once the paper mache has set and hardened, pop the balloon and remove. Cut the hole at the bottom of the paper balloon slightly bigger so you can fit a hand in.
4. To create the fringing, keep the crepe paper folded and cut it into inch-thick strips. Cut little snips along the strip then unfold the paper to create long strips of fringing.
5. Starting at the bottom of the balloon, stick the strips on with a thin line of PVA glue. Layer up the strips by overlapping them. Do two thirds in pastel colour (we alternated pink and purple) and the final third in cream.
6. To make the case, concertina four pieces of card and stick together with double sided tape. Cut a circle out of card large enough to fit into the base and masking tape it in place from the inside of the case.
7. For the candle draw pink lines on a piece of white paper, roll up and secure with double sided tape. Thread a long piece of string through it (this will hang your pinata). Glue on yellow flames cut from card.
8. Make a hole in the top of the cake and feed the thread through. Secure with a knot and lots of tape on the inside. Then, fill your pinata with sweets and tape the hole at the bottom of the cake closed. Finally, use double sided tape to attach the case to the cake.
9. Finally, glue pom poms onto the icing part of the piñata using glue. Now let’s get whacking!
Laura & Tia x
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