Summer time is a great time to get some added family fun time – the kids are out of school and the weather is usually fantastic!
Want an inspiring way to bring the beach to your crafting table? Try this imaginative DIY Beach Ball Pinata Tutorial from Amanda at Easy Crafts for Kids.
Pull out your crafting supplies for some fun! Then get ready to take your piñata outdoors and take turns having a swing at it until all the goodies from the inside are yours for the taking. Hmmm…. now what to fill it with?!?
DIY Beach Ball Pinata Tutorial
- white paper
- paint brush
- wrapped candies (or other treats)
First off we need to know how to make the paper mache mixture. There are a variety of ways to do this, but the easiest is simply to mix together equal parts water and white glue. You will stir this until it is completely mixed together. Now that we have a bowl of our paper mache mixture, we are ready to get crafting!
Blow up your balloon – try to make it as round as possible. At this point you will also want to cut rectangles of newspaper and white paper. They don’t have to be even or straight, it will all get covered and painted anyways.
We start with the newspaper layer – and get a little bit messy. Dip a strip of newspaper in your paper mache mixture until it is lightly coated. Wipe off any excessive so it’s not dripping like crazy. Place this piece on your balloon. Repeat this process until the entire balloon is covered (make sure to overlap as you go). Leave the stem of the balloon uncovered as well do need to pop the balloon and fill it with our treats.
Repeat step two, but this time using the white paper. Cover all the newspaper. This step just makes it easier to paint once it’s dry – if you don’t have the white paper it will just be some extra coats of paint. Set your balloon to dry over night – preferably hanging somewhere to all sides dry evenly.
Once your balloon is completely dry it will feel fairly hard. Pop the balloon and pull out the deflated balloon. At this time fill it with your treats.
Once all your treats are inside cover up the hole using the same instructions as step 2 – you can just use some white paper. We just don’t want the treats falling out. When you add the paper to this area you can also put a string on it if you want to hang your pinata. Allow it to dry again.
Once it is dry, it’s time to decorate. Sketch on the areas of a beach ball with a pencil. There is usually 6 strips and a circle at each end. Paint it so it’s nice and colorful. Allow the paint to dry.
Now we are ready for the REAL fun! Take your pinata outdoors and get ready to work for your treats. You can choose to hang your pinata or use it as a beachball until it breaks. You can even throw it and hit it like a baseball. The choice is yours!
About Easy Crafts for Kids
Amanda from Easy Crafts for Kids is an avid crafter! She is always creating new and easy crafts for kids for all ages. She makes all her crafts with easy-to-follow instructions and pictures. Plus, they can be made with minimal supplies and in less than 10 steps! The Crafty Critters have something for every holiday, special occasion, season and theme. Be sure to check them out!