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How to Make a Pinata Using a Paper Bag
If love pinantas but not the mess that comes with making traditional paper mache pinatas, this is the project for you. This pinata is made using a paper bag, tissue paper, glue and a few other supplies you might already have lying around your house.
This project takes about 30 minutes and can be done with kids ages five and up.
For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
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Gathering The Supplies
Gather together all of the requisite supplies. For this project you will need:
- Paper Bag - You can make a larger pinata by using a paper grocery bag or a smaller pinata using a paper lunch bag - you choose!
- Candy and/or Small Toys
- Colored Tissue Paper
- String or Yarn
- Craft Glue
- Hole Puncher
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Fill Your Bag
Follow these same steps whether you're making a small or large pinata. These instructions demonstrate using a small, paper lunch bag.
Start by opening your bag and setting it on your work surface. Put the candy and/or small toys into the bag. Don't make the bag more than half full or it will be too heavy to hang! Now, fill the rest of the bag using scrunched up newspaper, stopping about 2 inches from the top.
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Closing the Paper BagOnce you have your pinata filled, pinch the top of the bag together and roll it down 2 or 3 times. Staple it shut.
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Covering the Bag's Bottom
Cover the bottom of your filled paper bag with a piece of tissue paper. Set your bag on a piece of tissue paper and cut the tissue paper so it is about 2 inches larger than the bottom of the paper bag all the way around.
Glue the edges of the tissue paper up around the bottom of the paper bag. Handle the corners as if you're wrapping a present.
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Cutting Tissue Paper Strips
Cut several strips of tissue paper. These should be long enough to completely fit around your bag--about 4 inches wide if you are using a paper lunch bag or 6 inches wide if you are using a paper grocery bag. You might have to use two strips together to fit all the way around a paper grocery bag. You will need about five strips for either sized bag (this may vary).
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Cut Fringe in Your Strips
Use your scissors to cut fringe along a long edge of all of your tissue paper strips. The fringe should go about half way up your tissue paper strip. Cut the fringe about 1 inch apart.
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Gluing on the Tissue Paper
Now, place beads of glue around the bag--simply start near the bottom of the bag, just above the piece of tissue paper you glued onto the bottom. Stick your first piece of fringed tissue paper, fringed edge down, onto the glue. This should hang over the bottom tissue paper and slightly overhang the bottom edge of the bag.
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Finish Covering Your Paper Bag
Place a bead of glue just above the edge of the first strip you glued on. Stick another strip onto the bag, hanging about halfway over the first strip. Continue this until your entire bag is covered by fringed tissue paper. If you want your pinata to look fuller, use more strips glued closer together.
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Finishing Your Pinata
Punch two holes along the top, folded edge of the paper bag. Cut a piece of yarn or string a few yards long. Thread one end of the piece of yarn or string through one hole, pull it across the top edge of the bag, and then back through the other hole. Tie it using a few overhand knots so it will not come apart when you hang it.
Cut several strips of tissue paper, about 1 inch thick and 6 inches long. Glue them to the bottom of the pinata.
Not hang up your pinata! This pinata may not break the same... way as a traditional, paper mache pinata, but it is just as decorative and the kids will love the surprises inside just the same.