On the old blog, I shared a couple of these...but this is the first one we've made in a while. I searched the internet for an easy, simple recipe...and I found this one that I really like.
Take one part flour (I used 1/2 cup) and mix it with 5 parts water (I used 2 1/2 cups). Stir together in a pot, while warming on high. Don't leave it. And don't stop stirring. You will see the mixture start to thicken...like gravy...in just a couple of minutes. Once you reach that point, you're done. Shut it off and allow it to cool. (Just for reference here...in searching for this recipe, most of the sites stated that you can let this stuff hang out for a couple of days if you need to. Like if you're going to make another one or something. But I'd imagine it would start going funky after a while...so don't hang onto it for too long...4 days sounds like a good RIP timeframe to me.)
So, then take newspaper and shred it up. You can cut it if you want. I just handed it to G and said, "Here, rip this into little bits." And he ripped for me while I started to apply the wet newspaper to the balloon. And we talked about school and stuff while we worked together. And he is my photographer here:
Note here that I've tied a ribbon on the balloon. (And also the fact that we have a dead shark in a jar on our table. LOL! G took it to school yesterday, what can I say? The table is our landing zone.) I've tied the ribbon onto the balloon because you will reach a point where you will want to hang this balloon from something in order to move on. I'm not saying that you have to do that, just that it makes it much easier if you do! I hung mine from the ceiling fan at stage two here.
Stage Two, which I also read about in my research online, involves applying ripped up xerox paper as the second layer of the pinata. I did not wait at all for the first one to dry. We had no time to wait. We needed this done and ready to paint tomorrow. We have a party on Saturday that we're bringing it to.
So, one layer of newspaper followed by one layer of xerox paper. The layer of xerox paper is important here for one reason only: it makes it easier to paint once the pinata is dry. One layer of paint may even do the trick. Xerox paper is your friend, in the end, if speed is your mission. (Wow, I like that line!)
After applying the second layer (white paper) to the pinata, I hung it to dry in front of our wall heater in the basement. This dries it out very quickly...and quickly is what we needed. Until Bones said, "Uhhh...hon, the balloon slipped out of your pinata and part of it stuck and ripped." Which reminds me...never, ever, ever under any circumstances remove the balloon prematurely on purpose. Even if the pinata looks dry in most places...removing the balloon will be fatal to your project. Don't ask me how I know that (says Miss Impatient).
Below is the pinata after Bones discovered it with a jagged wound in its side. I was bummed, but relieved at the same time, when I saw it. Bummed that it will have a scar. But relieved that it will live to see its pinata days. I will just cut the side open right there somewhere, creating a flap (that I don't flip, but just pry open slightly!) to insert the goodies. And then I will seal it with masking tape, that will be painted over.
At this point I should mention that if your goal is perfection...well, you will have to search further than this blog entry. I do have many perfectionist tendencies...however, sometimes (especially and always with kid projects) you have to be able to move past those and enjoy it for what it is.
And what it is...you will find out soon enough. We have other goodies to create for our party on Saturday. So you will see the end result of this pumpkin paper mache pinata when I share the rest of our fun for the party. Which will either be Friday, Saturday...or at the very latest...Sunday. I will stuff, hang, and fix this pinata. And then hand G the paints...it will be all his very soon.
So, check back for the end result. :) And Happy Halloween!!!!