Sunday, April 7, 2013

A DIY Hello Kitty Piñata Tutorial - A Metaphor for Motherhood

This turned out better than I had
The mini making is going to taper off again in the coming month.  I have to get ready for Tootie Pie's sixth birthday.  We are having it in our backyard.  Tootie Pie wanted to go to Bounce U or Kids N' Shape, but I want to hold onto the backyard bash as long as possible.  Sure, it's harder than making a reservation and letting a business handle everything, but where's the fun in that?  This blog ain't called "The Hard Way" for nothin. So, I started the preliminary planning around a month and a half before the big day.  If you'd like to see where it may be headed, check out my Kitty Cakes and birthday ideas board on Pinterest.  But one item is already completed: the piñata.  Yes, once again I spent hours building something that children will beat, take the good stuff out, and throw the rest in the trash, all in a matter of minutes.  It's a metaphor for motherhood!

Next, I'll try my hand at the goodie bags (which don't need to be filled, because, hello? piñata!).  Then, I'll need a week off to construct the cake, cook the food, and clean the house so that kids can come in and trash it (See?  There's that metaphor again.)  I'm planning on NOT involving my husband in any aspect, since five birthday parties past have taught me it is easier to do everything myself than dare ask him to spearhead anything, including cleaning up the pee from the rim of the toilet.  That really can only come from him, right?  No, I'll just have to do it.  Much easier.

So, for the instructions on how to make this:

  • One large ball
  • newspapers, cut into strips
  • flour and water in 1:2 ratio
  • cardboard
  • Xacto knife
  • white paper
  • crepe paper
  • Elmer's glue
  • hot glue
  • hole punch
  • fabric, ribbon or tulle for the bow
  • black and yellow construction paper
  • Make a mixture of 1 part flour to two parts water, heat in mic
    The completed crown
    rowave for 20-30 seconds.  Stir to an even consistency
  • Take your newspaper strips, cover in flour paste, and cover the ball.  Cover the ball with three layers, allowing the paste to dry completely in between the layers.
  • Meanwhile, cut a pattern for the ears and crown.  You'll need four copies of the ears and two for the crown.  Cut from cardboard.  Then, cut strips of cardboard around 1" thick.  With an Xacto knife, score around 1/8" along both edges of the cardboard strips and fold over.  Along the folded edge, cut V-shaped notches so that the strips will bend.
  • Kitty's bow made from large
    floral ribbon, secured with
    a "knot" of the same rolled
  • Hot glue the strips of cardboard along the edges of the ears and crown.  Cover with either crepe paper, or tissue paper.  Cover the edges with strips of plain white paper.
    The width of the
    ears and crown look
    better with a strip of
    paper covering the
    crepe paper
  • When the papier mache is completely dry, cut a hole with a knife.  Remove the deflated ball.  This will be the top of the piñata.
  • Cover the ball with crepe paper using the Elmer's glue.  I cut my crepe paper by cutting through many layers with scissors while it was stilled rolled.  Then, spin the ball rather than spinning the crepe paper, which will get twisted.
  • Punch holes around 1" from the opening at the top and attach a ribbon for hanging.
  • Meanwhile, fashion a bow for her head.  I used large floral ribbon that I folded like an accordian, and stapled in the middle.  Then, I rolled a section of matching ribbon and tied this around the stapled middle.  
  • Hot glue the ears and crown on.
  • Cut out black eyes and whiskers, and a yellow nose.  I put glued faces on both sides of the
Fill the bugger with candy, plastic junk, or slime.  Your choice!  Give the kids a baseball bat and teach them the glory and beauty of violence and destruction.  Have fun!


    1. it's so cute! but like you said it will be destroyed in a matter of min. oh well at least Tootie Pie will have a wonderful party

      Marisa :)

    2. Best of luck with the party planning! You're off to a great start! :D



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