Agent Romanoff helped me make a pinata for Sweet G's
birthday. We started with making a cardboard base.
Then, I added an edge and the hanger to the disk.
I used a bent coat hanger, but in the future I will need
to try something else. The hanger is always the first
thing to fall victim to our girls and the bat.
Agent Romanoff approved a second domed disk for the
back side, and made sure I attached large tabs to it.
The tabs are to hold the two halves together.
After quite a bit of packing tape, there began the
layers of paper. (Next time, I might try and use paper
backed tape. I used Elmer's white glue thinned with
a bit of water as my bonding agent, and it doesn't
really like to stick to the tape. I will work, but it
doesn't really encourage you. )
I thought about using wheat paste or flour paste
to hold the layers of paper together, but with our
damp atmosphere, I was worried this would take
too long to dry. I used some of that cheap drawing
paper sold for young children to use. It's like newsprint,
but not as nice, nor as expensive. I cut it into strips,
and carefully let the pinata dry between layers.
Now this is the trickiest bit of making a pinata.
How many layers of paper/glue to add? This is what
holds your treasure chest together, and you want it to
hold up to a couple of rounds of attack, but not to be
With duct tape as the final decorative layer, I needed to
add that to my strength calculations. So we'd have:
(Cardboard)(packing tape)+ X layers of paper(white glue)
+ duct tape = strength of pinata.
Then I'd need the Force of the girls' swings. So I could have:
strength of pinata - # of swings (force of swing)=
Time to destruction of pinata.
Ah, my kingdom for the time to do trials and record
data for the needed constants. I used 3 layers of paper.
Now, to the use of duct tape to decorate a domed,
It's harder than it sounds, and duct tape is not my
favorite decorative medium. It lent itself here, but
another year, I'd return to the crepe paper decoration.
Side one, done, and ready for battle.
I used almost an entire roll of silver tape, but I was
really happy with how it looked.
And side two, finished. See the flap at the top?
This, I was really pleased with. After filling, it was
easy-peasy to seal down with more duct tape.
The pinata lasted many, many rounds of really intense
battery. I would say that for a less vigorous crowd of
hitters it would be better to either avoid the duct
tape, or to add perforations to the finished pinata,
so it can be broken open more easily.