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How to Make a Pumpkin Pinata

Updated on April 28, 2015

Fun to make, fun to destroy!

A pinata filled with Halloween treats is a must for any Halloween Party! You can purchase one at any Party Store, but that takes the fun out of it!

With a few simple steps, create a fun and memorable pumpkin pinata of your own! This is a great project to do with kids - they'll love creating it just as much as smashing it!

Flickr Photo Credit: GetHiroshima

What You Need

* A large balloon (20" diameter)

* Several newspapers torn into 2" strips

* Marker

* Flour

* Water

* Straight pin

* Wire

* Candy for filling

Options for Decorating:

* Orange & Green Tissue Paper

* White paint

* Orange paint

* Black paint

* Brown or green paint

Step 1: Blow up your balloon.

To get started, you'll want to cover your work area with newspaper, as things can get a bit messy!

Now it's time to blow up your balloon. You want to make sure you use a good quality balloon that can be blown up to about 20 inches in diameter. This will be the mold that you build your pinata on.

Once you have the desired size, tie the balloon off. Now using a marker, draw a circle near the top of the balloon. This will be the the back of your pinata where you will fill it with candy.

You can position your balloon any way you think it looks best - upside down, sideways, etc.

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Step 2: Apply Strips

In a small/medium bowl, mix flour with water until you have a pasty consistency. You want the mixture smooth enough to run paper through, but not runny. Dip strips through the mixture and begin covering your balloon with the strips running from stem (tied end) to bottom.

Make four layers on the balloon, alternating directions for strength and coverage. For example, the bottom layer runs top to bottom, and the second layer runs around the balloon horizontally. When you get to the circle you drew on the balloon, leave it bare as this is where you'll be filling it with candy.

If you want, you can "build" a stem with the strips at the top of the balloon, or use other techniques after the pinata has dried.

Humor Break! - What happens when mom tries to hit a pinata?

Step 3: Decorating Your Pinata

Wait 48 hours for your pinata to dry completely, then pop the balloon inside with a pin and remove it. Paint your pinata white first as this will help cover up the newspaper print. Once the white paint dries, you can then paint your pumpkin orange.

There are a couple different options on what to do next.

1. You can paint the face of your pumpkin to have a smooth pinata

2. Cover your pumpkin with strips of tissue paper using tacky craft glue. Cut 2 inch strips of tissue papers (ideally long enough to go all the way around your pinata). Make a 1 inch slit every 1/4 inch. Starting from the bottom of your pinata, apply strips placing them overlapping eachother so the slitted paper covers the non-slitted paper from the previous tissue strip.

3. Create your Jack-o-Lantern face using colored construction paper - be creative!

4. Create a stem with tissue paper or construction paper. A toilet paper tube makes a great stem also - just paint it or cover it with tissue paper.

5. After you fill your pinata, you can cover the hole with masking tape and tissue paper.

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Step 4: Finish Your Pinata - Hanging and Filling

Bend a wire into a "U" shape. Carefully poke each end of the wire through the top of the pumpkin pinata.

Using a pliers (working through the hole you left open in the back), bend the ends of the wire so that they won't pull out the top of the pumpkin pinata. (If you need to, you can use a scissor to make the hole in the back of the pumpkin bigger. Just cut down each side of the hole, then bend it down to create a flap.)

Fill the pumpkin pinata with tons of candy and small toys. Close the flap of the pinata with the masking tape and/or tissue paper.

Fill your pumpkin with fun!

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Have you ever made your own pinata?

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      These are so cute! What a great idea, kids would love this!

    • squid-janices7 profile image

      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      What a great idea for a kids Halloween party. You could even do it as a activity at the party. Love this lens!

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      This is great! We used to paper mache back when I was a kid, but never to make pinatas. These are really cute, and they seem easy enough to make. Great idea!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I really like step-by-step tutorials and enjoyed this one on how to make a Halloween pumpkin pinata! Excellent tutorial; which deserves a high mark!