The original Spanish pinatas were ceramic pots filled with small gifts. When the Spaniards brought the tradition to North America, Mexican artisans made the pinatas with paper mache and cardboard. The materials were simple, but the designs were imaginative with bright colors. Today, pinatas can be created to suit any taste or interest. The guitar-shaped pinata is an ideal fit for the would-be rock star or music lover.
Put two pieces of cardboard together. Draw a picture of a guitar on the top piece. The guitar should be 2 feet long and 1 foot wide at its broadest part. Use the utility knife to cut out the guitar shape, cutting through both pieces of cardboard at the same time. This will give you the top and bottom of your guitar.
Blow up three small balloons and knot them closed. Do not overblow, as you will be putting pressure on them. Tape the balloons at intervals between the two guitar pieces. This will create the body of the guitar that will hold the candy.
Wrap masking tape only around the edges of the two guitar pieces to help hold their shape, leaving a 4-inch gap in one section. Mix 2 cups of flour with 3 cups of water into a large bowl. Cut the newspaper into long strips.
Dip each strip of newspaper one by one into the bowl, then wrap around the entire guitar, leaving the 4-inch gap uncovered. Let dry, about two hours. Slide your hand through the gap and pop the balloons with a pin. Put another layer of newspaper dipped in flour and water on the entire pinata, covering the gap this time. Let dry for two hours.
Glue two small boxes, each 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide to the top and bottom of the guitar's body to hold the strings. Add one more layer of paper mache, covering the boxes as well. Allow to dry for two hours. Use the utility knife to poke three holes in each side of the cardboard boxes. Run string through the holes and then glue in place.
Use the utility knife to cut three sides of the 4-inch gap. Pull back. Fill with candy and small gifts. Paper-mache over the gap. Paint the pinata. Poke holes through the arm of the guitar. Run heavy twine through the holes to hold up the pinata.