The team worked very hard this weekend! We finished up our plate pieces, changed our mind with the wine glasses and started painting them to match our plate pieces, setup the centerpiece, picked up the hay, and finished our piñata! It was a lot of fun seeing all of our hard work come together!
If you are interested, I added some quick instructions on how to do the piñata. The self-rising flour makes a thick paste. I believe this is why it turned out so sturdy and didn't require multiple layers after each layer dried
Paper mache paste:
2 cups of self-rising flour
2 cups of water
1 tbs salt (to prevent molding)
Surgical gloves recommended
1 medium size balloon blown up
1 cut toilet paper cardboard roll (standing only 3 inches tall)
Poster board strips taped to the stem to hold it down. Note: The balloon will stay in the piñata if you tape any part of the cardboard to the balloon.
About 40 Newspaper strips were precut about 2 inches wide and the length for the balloon.
Total paper mache time: 1 hour
Make sure to dress for a mess and to cover your surface. It is easier with two people. One holding the armature and the other placing the pasty strips on the armature.
Instructions: 1-Prepare your newspaper strips and your piñata armature. 2-Mix the paste, you are looking for a runny consistency (lumps are ok, they will not stay on the newspaper). 3. Place your newspaper strips were they are easy to grab but won't get in the way of the paste. 4. Run your one strip at a time through the paste. Using your index finger and thumb, squeegee the paste from the strip. 5. Place the strip on the armature. Making sure to cover the entire surface with one layer or mostly one layer. You will end up having to cross over top of many of the strips to cover the entire surface. 6. Smooth over any edges that might be sticking up.
Drying time: 1 day
I placed our drying piñata about 2 feet in front of a space heater. We never left it unattended and rotated it every 30 minutes (about a total of two hours to try and speed up the drying). Our paste was thick so it took a little longer to dry. We let it dry an entire day before we began decorating. Make sure it isn't setting in a high traffic area, you don't want it to get tipped over and then break.
1 package of orange tissue paper (9 large sheets-for the body of the pumpkin). 2 sheets of green tissue paper (for the stem), 1 orange streamer roll (textured hair), 1 black piece of construction paper (for the face). Hot glue gun (we used a total of 10 glue sticks)
1-Start with the body. Working in a clockwise formation for placement. Place your index finger in the middle of the square then pinch. The will create the puffy look to the tissue paper and will keep the size of the pumpkin tissue the same. 2-Dab a small amount of the glue on the armature. Making sure not to touch the hot glue at any time. 3-Place the end of the tissue paper that was pinched to the glue. 4-Repeat steps 1-3 until the entire body is finished.
1-Draw the outline of the face on the construction paper, then cut. 2-Place a dab of hot glue on the tissue paper part of where you want the face.