Fear, Loathing, & DIY

Things I Learned While Making a Round Wedding Pinata

April 22, 2016 by Kirby | 0 comments

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Like an idiot, I told my sister that I would make a round pinata for her wedding. Her inspiration was elegant, round, beautiful. What I made was not.

I looked at several how-tos and thought the process would be easy. What happened next was sort of a mess. Here is what I learned:


  • If you’re going large, it’s a waste of time trying to paper mache your own perfectly round form. I tried twice with these super large balloons and it wasn’t worth the mess, the glue, and the endless time you’ll spend waiting while the paper dries. In both instances the balloons deflated just enough for the paper mache to collapse and crinkle. If you really want to make your own form: buy a rubber ball from the kids department or a beach ball, or if you want to go bigger: a yoga ball — though you may need to reinforce the form with a wooden framework before you start so that it will be able to hold whatever weight you’re putting in it.
  • It is not a waste of time to buy a pinata that an expert has made, then redecorate it. This was the path I took after two of my own creations wrinkled and failed. Amazon has some great smaller baseball and soccer ball options. These were too small for all the goodies my sister and soon to be bride had, so I opted for a massive baseball purchased from a local store. This baby wasn’t perfectly round but it had a sturdy wooden framework inside. From there I stripped everything off, then spray-painted the remaining paper white.
  • Tissue paper will get wrinkled, it may also look too sheer if you’re going for a light color.
  • Cutting tissue paper will make you feel like you’re making the wrong decisions in life. The lesson here is that tissue paper really is the worst. Go to a local paper store and find something handmade and pretty, or just use colored (or white) xerox paper. It will hold up better while you’re gluing everything on and during transportation. It will also be easier to cut.
  • You may get scared and think this thing couldn’t possibly hold the weight of all the mini bottles of booze you’re going to put in it.
  • Then you may think that you can further reinforce the pinata and reshape it to hide the wooden frame work by wrapping it in some dry wall tape from your husband’s last home repair. This will only result in no one being able to destroy the pinata, do it anyway–it will be funny.



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