How to Make a Mermaid Pinata

Use newspaper to make a mermaid pinata.
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Hitting a pinata is a traditional Mexican game. You can make your own pinata by hand, and make the piece in the shape of a mermaid, perfect for a sea-themed party or event. Using a simple paper mache technique of dredging paper strips in a paste mix, you'll have a professional looking pinata at a fraction of the cost of purchasing one premade.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • 3 Balloons
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Needle
  • Paint Brush
  • Bowl
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Newspaper
  • 1 Cup Glue
  • 1 Cup Flour

Tear up sheets of newspaper, making strips of paper that are about 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. Continue until you have about four dozen strips.

Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup flour and 1 cup glue in a bowl.

Blow up three balloons. Make one about 3 inches in diameter, and the other two into oval shapes about 5 inches long. Tape the balloons one on top of the other, with the small, round 3 inch balloon on top, then a 5-inch balloon under it and a second 5-inch balloon under that. This makes the head, torso and tail of the mermaid.

Dredge the paper strips into the paste mix one by one, spreading the damp paper over the balloons. Continue until the balloons are fully covered.

Use the rest of the paper to sculpt a tail shape under the bottom balloon, molding the damp paper as you would clay. Use strips to mold an arm at either side of the torso and hair falling down from the head. Let it dry.

Insert a needle three times along the pinata, popping the three balloons inside. Cut three sides of a square shape at the back of the pinata, making a tab. Pull out the popped balloon pieces through the tab.

Paint the pinata using acrylic craft paint. Paint the tail green, the torso, arms and head flesh colored, and the hair red. Paint a face, making eyes and a mouth, and paint on a sea shell bra.

Fill the pinata with candy through the open tab; then tape it closed.