How to Make a Minnie Mouse Piñata

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Minnie Mouse has the same iconic face-shape as her beau, Mickey, and this can easily be used for a homemade piñata. Minnie is a beloved cartoon character, and has been around since 1928, so she can appeal to people of all ages. A Minnie Mouse piñata is an ideal decoration and party game for Disney-themed parties, birthday parties, and any wannabe Mouseketeers.

Things You'll Need

  • Balloons
  • Old newspapers
  • Length of rope
  • Piñata paste
  • Black crepe paper
  • Cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • Red/pink ribbon or crepe paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape

Step 1: Making the Piñata

Minnie's head is basically three circles, one large and two small. To make a piñata in this shape:

  • Blow up a balloon to the size you want and tie it off. 
  • Tear
    up old newspaper into strips. 
  • Dip these strips into your piñata <!--EndFragment-->paste and use
    them to cover the balloon completely. Add two or three layers of
    newspaper strips, then leave it to dry. If you can put your
    papier-mâché somewhere warm and airy, this will help it to dry
    faster. 
  • Blow up two more balloons so they are roughly the same
    size as each other, but smaller than your main balloon. 
  • Use packing tape to attach
    the small balloons to the main balloon as Minnie's ears. Don't be afraid to use
    several pieces of tape and to squish the balloons down so they fit snugly against the main piñata shape. 
  • Use your newspaper
    strips and paste to cover the new balloons and the entire shape. 
  • Allow the new
    papier-mâché layer to dry. 
  • Add enough layers to make the piñata
    challenging for your participants. For children, six to eight layers
    should be fine. For adults, 10 to 12 layers are better, so everyone gets
    a chance to play before the piñata <!--EndFragment-->bursts.

Warning

  • You must always allow your papier-mâché to dry completely in between adding layers, or it can remain moist underneath the surface. This can eventually lead to your piñata becoming moldy or too fragile.

Step 2: Filling the Piñata

A <!--StartFragment-->piñata <!--EndFragment-->is only as good as the surprises it contains. Disney-themed candy or toys would be ideal, but fans of Minnie will probably appreciate heart shapes or cute bows as well.

  • Once your piñata is dry, use a craft
    knife to cut a flap in the bottom. 
  • Burst the main balloon and pull
    the remains out. 
  • Cut a small square from a thick piece of cardboard
    and pierce a hole in the center. Pull a thin rope through the hole
    and tie a secure knot in the end so it can't pass through completely. 
  • Make a small hole in the top of the piñata between the ears. 
  • Insert
    the cardboard and rope into the piñata, and thread the rope through
    the hole in the top. Pull the rope through until the cardboard is
    sitting snugly against the inside of the piñata. You can use this
    rope to hang it.

  • Now you can fill the piñata with the small
    toys or candy. 
  • Replace the flap and seal it firmly with packing
    tape.  

Step 3: Decorating the Piñata

Once the papier-mâché is dry, you can decorate the piñata.

  • Use thick, black acrylic paint and cover the entire surface
    of the piñata. 

  • For a traditional piñata surface, gather strips of
    black crepe paper into an even pile and snip along the edges of the
    strips, being careful not to cut all the way through. Glue the intact edge of each strip onto your piñata, until the entire surface is
    evenly covered with crepe paper tags. 
  • Minnie's most distinctive feature is
    her classic polka-dotted hair bow. Ideally, use a large, pink or red
    ribbon with white polka dots to make this bow. If you can't find a
    large enough piece of ribbon, you can shape Minnie's bow from
    crepe-paper and paint on white dots. 
  • Glue the bow into place between
    her ears. It should be as tall as her ears and wide enough to
    partially cover them.  

Tip

  • If you want to paint Minnie's face onto the front of the piñata, you should keep that area free of crepe paper and use an undercoat of white paint rather than black.

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