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
- Old newspapers
- Length of rope
- Piñata paste
- Black crepe paper
- 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.
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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
- 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
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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
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- 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.
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
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.
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.