Mini Patriotic Pinatas

Every year we try to make a pinata for either Memorial Day or Independence Day. Usually we make two - one for the big kids and one for the younger ones.

This year I got a hair-brained idea to make individual mini pinatas for each child to break. Not just for my children but every niece and nephew that comes to the family BBQ. That's over 20!

Thank goodness it really only took just as much time as making two bigger pinatas and the kids really enjoyed helping. They made it easy!

We blew up 4 inch water balloons.

Covered them with newspaper dipped in paper mache paste.

And hung them up to dry.

We hung them in our garage. Since it is summer they dried really fast - like in one day. So we covered them with two more layers letting them dry a day before applying the next layer. You don't have to do those extra layers if you don't want. When completely dry we popped and took out the balloons.

Next we cut up tons of blue, red, and white tissue paper . . .

and let the kids decorate to their hearts content. We used plain old glue sticks to adhere the tissue paper to the pinatas.

We can't wait for the 4th to fill these and let each child bust one open. One good thing? All the candy and prizes will already be divided up so no one goes away crying!

{{psst . . . There's still time to make some for your 4th of July celebrations!}}

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  1. Cool pinatas guys! I'm sure you'll have great fun with those.

    May I pay a little compliment to Cookie? You are a very pretty girl! I love your hair! :-)

  2. I know this post was about a craft, but all I could seem to focus on was your food storage...I am such a geek! :) It's been on my brain again and it seems to be all I can think about. :)

    Great craft though. We of course would have to take out the blue, and put on maple leaves...ha ha!

  3. What a super cute idea! I've never tried to make anything with paper mache. Maybe this can be my intro to it...My boys would love this. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Such a great idea. I have all those supplies too and I've been thinking about what it takes to make a pinata.

  5. What a great project! The kids are going to love busting them probably as much as they enjoyed making them

  6. This is a brilliant idea! I absolutely love it!

  7. I am making a pinata right now for my daughters 5th birthday. I dont know if I could do 20! you guys rock (for some reason my kids arent really into paper mache.. they help for a few mins then leave..) but my almost two year old loved helping me today and stayed longer than her sisters.

  8. Cute idea! I bet your kids had a ton of fun. Enjoy the 4th~


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