Ohhhh, it happened. ‘Twas only a matter of time before I turned the crowd favorite avocado into a PIÑATA! It needed to be giant size, and it is. Now, if only it was filled with chips. PERFECTION! Time to make an avocado piñata, folks.
2 12″ Balloons
Paper Mache Paste (Make it using a 1:1 ratio of flour and water, stirring until smooth)
Green Crepe Paper (or Crepe Paper Streamers)
Black + Brown Paint
White School Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors (Fringe scissors are extra helpful!)
*We made this piñata for a special project so the photo tutorial isn’t as detailed as usual, but I will do my best to explain everything in words too! This piñata involves paper mache and will take 2-3 days to complete.
1. Blow up a 36″ and 12″ balloon with air. Tape the two balloons together (connecting the tails).
2. Brush up on your elementary school paper mache skills! Here’s a detailed tutorial, but in summary: Dip each newspaper strip in the paper mache paste and remove the excess paste. You’re going to cover the top HALF of each balloon with strips of paper. To connect the two balloons, loosely drape paper mache strips across where the two balloons meet, forming the “neck” of the avocado, for lack of a better term. Once the surface is completely covered, let dry for 24 hours and repeat with a second, and finally a third layer. Once completely dry, pop your balloons and you’ll have the back half of your avocado! Paint it black and let dry. Punch a hole in the top and tie a string for hanging.
3. To make the seed, you’ll use the same paper mache technique but with just one 12″ balloon. Cover half the balloon with paper mache strips, two layers should be sufficient this time. Let dry, pop the balloon and paint with brown paint.
4. Lay the flat side of the back of your pinata over a large piece of cardboard and trace it’s perimeter. Cut out the shape from the cardboard. Like all my other piñatas, the cardboard piece needs to be fringed! Cut long strips of crepe paper and fringe them with scissors. Starting at the bottom of the cardboard, glue on fringe in rows with white school glue. Work your way up, spacing each row about 1/2″ apart.
5. To put the entire thing together, run a line of hot glue along the edge of your cardboard piece (the unfringed side!) and adhere the backside of your piñata to it. Work in small sections, and be sure to fill your piñata with treats before closing up the final section! Lastly, run a line of hot glue along the inside of the seed and glue it to the center front of the avocado. Tada!
Photos by Jeff Mindell
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