It's always such fun to have a party with a new friend. And this one comes ready to share his treats.
You will be making your bird pinata out of papier-mache. Ours is made of strips of newspaper soaked in a flour-and-water mixture. When the papier-mache dries, it will be very hard.
1. Download the free patterns for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)
2. Blow up the balloon and tie it. With a black marker, draw a circle on the bottom, about 3 inches in diameter, to help you remember to leave this hole uncovered.
3. Tear or cut the newspaper into strips that are about 1-1/2 inches wide. You will need enough strips to cover the balloon with three layers.
4. Pour 1 cup of water into your container. Add 1 cup of flour to the water (always add the flour to the water). Mix the water and flour until it is thick like gravy, adding more flour if needed.
5. Dip each strip of newspaper into the flour mixture and put it directly onto the balloon. Cover the entire balloon with strips of paper going in all directions, except leave the circle you marked uncovered. Let this layer dry.
6. After the first layer is dry, make the eyes. Wad up two little pieces of newspaper about the size of a Ping-Pong ball. Tape these to the dry papier-mache with masking tape where you want the eyes to be. Now start the second layer of papier-mache by dipping the newspaper into the flour mixture and placing it over the eyes and all over the balloon. Do not cover the area marked with the circle. Allow this layer to dry.
7. If you want your pinata to be extra-strong, apply a third coat. Always be sure to leave the circle uncovered. The balloon may begin to shrink a little, but that is all right.
8. After the last layer is dry, pop the balloon -- this is fun! Reach in the hole and pull out the remains of the balloon. Fill the papier-mache sphere with wrapped candies and tape over the hole securely with masking tape.
9. Using the white paint, paint the eyes. Put a black dot in the middle of the eye with a white dot highlight. Using black paint, paint a large circle in the center of the pinata. This is where the beak will go after the tissue paper is on the pinata.
10. Cut the tissue paper into squares that are about 2x2 inches square. It doesn't matter if these are cut perfectly. The size can vary a little. You will need a lot of these squares (at least 100), so cut several of them at once. With good scissors, you can layer at least five or six pieces of tissue paper at a time and cut through all of the layers.
11. Mark a 3-inch circle where you painted the black paint. You will not cover this part, because the beak will go here when you are done. Also, leave an area without tissue paper at the bottom of the bird where the tape is (about a 3-inch circle), so you can glue the feet to the bottom of the bird.
12. You are now ready to cover your pinata with tissue squares. To make your fluffy tissue feathers, put some glue on a disposable plate. Using the eraser end of the pencil, wrap a tissue square around the pencil and dip it into the glue. Put the pencil with the tissue and glue onto the pinata. Do this again and again (and again!), placing the little pieces close together. It will take a lot of time to cover the whole balloon. Remember to leave the spots for the beak and feet.
13. Trace the beak and feet patterns onto typing paper and cut out. Lay these patterns onto the orange paper and cut out two feet and two beak pieces.
14. Fold the beak pieces as marked on the pattern. Glue the beak pieces on the pinata on the black paint that you left without tissue paper. Glue the feet to the bottom of the bird where you left a spot. Glue some feathers on top of his head in between some of the tissue.