Ollie the Owl Pinata

Ollie the Owl Pinata

Woman's Weekly LogoThis Owl Pinata makes a great Mexican-inspired party game for kids. A pinata is fab for adding entertainment to children’s parties, whether you want to make your mache shape into a clown, animal or a rocket, it’s so simple to make your own – And this cute Ollie the Owl is sure to have them giggling with delight. Or, if you cant face the little one’s smashing him up, why not make one as an unusual home decor item? No matter where you choose to use your Ollie, you’ll sure to have great fun making him together!

Pinata

A decorated figure of an animal containing toys and sweets that is suspended from a height and broken open by blindfolded children as part of a celebration.

What you Need

How to Make

  1. Blow up a balloon and place on a jug or bowl. Mix one part flour with two parts water in a bowl into a smooth paste. Tear up pieces of newspaper and put in the bowl of paste to make the paper mache. Apply the wet newspaper all over the balloon, leaving an opening at the top. Leave to dry overnight, then repeat with two more layers.
  2. Pop the balloon and remove through the hole in the top. Paint the dry paper mache owl shape with white paint and leave to dry. Draw an 8 cm diameter circle on the bottom of the owl’s body and cut out with a craft knife. Cut out three 10 cm diameter circles of white crepe paper and stick each over the hole in the bottom.
  3. Draw an outline of a chest on the owl’s body. Cut out 6 cm circles of bright crepe paper and, starting at the bottom, glue them to the chest, overlapping each as you work along, and upwards.
  4. Cut seven 3 cm strips of white crepe paper for the feathers and, starting at the bottom, glue these feathers all over the owl’s body and face.
  5. For the eyes, cut out two blue paper circles, measuring 7 cm in diameter. Then cut out two 5 cm-diameter white paper circles, and two 2.5 cm-diameter pink paper circles. Stick the paper eyes onto the owl followed by two large googly eyes. Cut out a yellow card beak and stick to the owl. Cut out two white paper feather tufts and stick on top of the owl’s head.
  6. Punch a hole either side of the opening at the top of the owl, and thread some string through to hang it up with. Now fill with sweets and /or little toys.

 

 

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