How to Make a Pinata With Liquid Starch

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Things You'll Need

  • Balloon

  • Liquid starch

  • Large bowl

  • Newspaper strips

  • Pin

  • Utility knife

  • Paints

  • Paintbrush

  • Candy

Homemade pinatas make use of liquid laundry starch.

Homemade pinatas are fairly inexpensive to make because they use items already found in the home. There are several different substances that can be used to create the pinata including glue, a mixture of flour and water and liquid starch. Liquid starch may be preferred by some because of its ability to dry clear while keeping the surface of the pinata smooth.


Step 1

Blow up a circular, oval or heart-shaped balloon. Tie a knot at the bottom of the balloon and set it aside.

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Step 2

Pour 1 gallon of liquid starch in a large bowl. Dip one newspaper strip at a time in the starch, removing excess starch from the newspaper strip with your fingers.

Step 3

Place the newspaper strips on the balloon one at a time. Slightly overlap the strips so that the entire balloon is covered in a layer of paper mache.

Step 4

Set the balloon aside for 24 hours so that the starch covered newspaper strips have time to dry in place. Repeat with another layer of coated newspaper strips.


Step 5

Wait another 24 hours. Stick a pin through the newspaper strips until you hear the balloon inside pop.

Step 6

Cut a small flap in the top of the pinata with a utility knife. The hole only needs to be big enough to stuff candy through.


Step 7

Paint the pinata. You can make it one solid color, or add designs. You can even paint "Happy Birthday" on the pinata if you are celebrating a birthday.

Step 8

Give the paint two to three hours to dry. Fill the inside of the pinata with candy.


Only candy that is individually wrapped should be used inside the homemade pinata.

Miniature toys and party favors can also be placed inside the pinata.

If you don't want to paint your pinata, you can use crepe paper to decorate it instead.


Younger children should not use the utility knife. An adult must complete this step.


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