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Making a Simple PiÑAta

In this two day class we will be making a simple spherical paper Mache piñata that you can use for a birthday, holiday or fun family night.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Fri Aug 12

Aug 12 - Aug 19 (2 weeks)
4pm - 5pm

Sat Aug 13

Aug 13 - Aug 20 (2 weeks)
1am - 2am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

Fri Aug 26

Aug 26 - Sep 2 (2 weeks)
4pm - 5pm
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Day 1 Class: Paper Mache
Step 1: blow up balloon to desired size and tie the knot
Step 2: tie a small string around the knot
Step 3: make the paste by mixing the flour and water together in increments as not to get to thick or thin of paste. This will be demonstrated in class. 
Step 4: cut 1in thick strips of newspaper, magazines, or scrap paper. I will teach a few tips and tricks. 
Step 5: make a cradle with the string to hold the balloon. This is how you will hang up the piñata when you use it. 
Step 6: dip your paper in the paste and run your fingers down it to take off the extra paste
Step 7: place your wetted strip of paper down on the balloon in a crisscross fashion
Step 8: repeat this process until you have covered the balloon fully. Have enough paper and strips to put two layers of paper Mache on.
Step 9: Find a safe place to hang your piñata to dry. If I don't have a hook or a doorknob then sometimes I get a broom handle and place the piñata between 2 chairs to dry. 

Day 2: Decorating 
Step 1: make sure your piñata is totally dry 
Step 2: pop your balloon and take the balloon part out
Step 3: cut many 2 inch strips of tissue paper 
Step 4: glue the ends of the tissue paper together to make a tissue paper tube 
Step 5: Cut lines in the tissue paper but don't exceed three-fourths. This will make a fringe. 
Step 6: Starting at the bottom of the paper Mache ball, glue a solid color over the ball covering it completely. I will show you how to make this process easier. 
Step 7: Glue the paper tissue tubes to the ball starting at the top and work your way to the bottom, alternating the colors. 
Step 8: Make a lid out of the cardstock. We will glue on tissue paper and make it solid or we can had extra fringe. This will depend on time and what the student wants to do. 
Step 9: This step is fill the piñata with candy. You will do this step on your own and I can teach you how to put the candy in and put the lid on the piñata
Step 10: Party Time! Have fun with your piñata! 
If on Day 1 or 2 that your student is unable to finish the project goal set for class he/she may finish it outside of class. Remember the paper Mache needs time to dry to be ready for the next class. I am happy to help answer questions if we don't get done. I will encourage your students to stay on task to complete in class. 

Also if you chose to I would love to see pictures of your finished piñata or see pictures of you and your friends or family enjoying the piñata. I will keep your photos safe and not upload them to any social media. 
Supply List -1 round deflated balloon, the color doesn't matter - 3 to 5 feet of string or yarn, strong enough to hold the weight of the piñata - 2 cups of white flour, gluten base to make paste -2 cups of water - 5 or 6 sheets of newspaper, magazine paper, or scrap paper... If you can, try to save your junk mail if there is time or use copy paper or line paper would work just fine too. - 2 packs of tissue paper in 2 colors of your choice. You may choose to make your piñata in one solid color, in 2 solid colors, or if you want to be brave you can choose 3 solid colors. It is easier to make piñatas in solid colors but if you like you may have one of your colors with a pattern. - a pair of scissors - glue stick (warning: I find that school glue, like Elmer's glue, doesn't work very well for this project) - 1 white cardstock or piece of cardstock. You will need about a 2in by 2in piece to make a lid
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Your student will have a finished Piñata to enjoy and new skills to be able to create another one when desired! 
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


About Me

Hello! My name is Teacher Clarissa. I'm going to teach a few craft classes, Minecraft building classes, singing classes, nature journals, and some home schooling study units to name a few. I like to teach all kinds of classes not just one topic or... 
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