How to Make a Realistic Looking Snake Shaped Pinata

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • Zig zag balloon
  • Needle
  • Filler (candy, stickers, toys)
  • Glue
  • Streamers
  • Sequins
  • String or rope

Pinatas are a favorite children's party game, and you can easily make a realistic snake pinata, especially if your child is hosting a reptile-themed party. Hang it from a tree as decoration; it may scare some of your child guests who believe it's real. Later, let kids enjoy breaking it and collecting the contents.

Tear pieces of newspaper up into one-inch wide strips. In a large mixing bowl, combine one cup of water and two cups of flour. Stir well until it becomes a thick paste. Blow up a zig zag balloon and tie the end in a knot. If you can't find a zig zag balloon, use a long, thin stick or bat-like shaped balloon.

Dip a strip of newspaper in the paste, then place on the balloon. If using a long, thin balloon, have someone hold the balloon in a twisted, "S"-shape zig zag (to look like a snake). Dip newspaper strips in the paste and place on the balloon. Do this until the entire balloon is covered except for a small area (two inches wide) on one end. Set the balloon aside to dry.

Repeat Step 2 until there is a hard paper mache exterior on the balloon. The more layers you add, the harder it will be to break the pinata. So if it is intended for younger children only add a couple layers. If for older children, teens and/or adults add several layers to make it harder.

Poke a needle through the uncovered section and pop the balloon. Pull the balloon pieces out. Fill the pinata with goodies such as candy, small toys, and stickers. Add two layers of paper mache over the hole.

Paint the snake pinata to make it look realistic. Glue on a tongue and use streamers and dull colored craft sequins to create scales. Attach a string or rope to the snake to hang up.

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