Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Easy Pokeball Pinata: How to Make Your Own Pokemon Pinata

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Looking for Pokemon pinata ideas? Here's how to make a pokeball pinata!

For the boys' birthday parties this year, my oldest J requested a pinata. Of course, I agreed even though I have never made a pinata in my entire life. Never too old to learn though, right?

I decided that making a Pokeball pinata would be a good place to start since it's round. No fancy shapes required. Plus, I was already planning on making a Pikachu cake for J. I could do this, I thought.

So after hours of labor and love, I made this mighty fine Pokemon themed pinata for my Pokemon obsessed kids and it turned out amazing! Well, except for the top of the pinata. But...let's not talk about that.

Okay, are you ready to find out how to make a pokeball pinata for a Pokemon themed birthday party?

How to make a DIY pokeball pinata

DIY Pokemon Pinata: What You'll Need

Here is what you'll need to make this DIY Pokeball pinata. I know it seems like a big list, but it's not as bad as you'd think, considering you likely have most of these items already on hand.

  • Newspaper
  • Flour & water to make paper mache glue
  • Fishing line, string, ribbon, or rope
  • Candy & other birthday party favors

Tutorial for Making a Pokeball Pinata

1. Make your paper mache glue by mixing one part flour with one part water. Mix well until there are no lumps.

2. Blow up a balloon or a beach ball. I used a balloon because it is what I had on hand. A few weeks later I - of course - found the beach ball that I knew we had. This will be the mold for the Pokemon pinata.

3. Rip or cut the newspaper into strips about an inch in width, give or take. It doesn't need to be perfect. How many strips you'll need will depend on how big of a Pokeball pinata you're planning to make.

4. Dip the newspaper strips into the paper mache glue mix, wipe off excess glue, and layer it on the balloon. Leave a small-ish opening somewhere. Repeat until you have about three or four layers of newspaper.

5. Let the paper mache balloon dry for several hours or overnight. I left mine to dry overnight.

6. Pop the balloon through the small opening that you created in step four. If you used a beach ball, then you could deflate the ball and pull it through the opening.

7. Fold and cut the streamers into shaggy pieces, as shown in the video below at 1:24. It's not my video, but I found this Pokeball pinata video tutorial helpful, especially since it was my first pinata ever! Glue each layer to the pokeball using white glue, overlapping with the previous layer. Repeat until you have completely covered the pinata.

8. Cut the black cardstock into strips about 1.5 inches in width. Glue around the middle of the pokeball where the red and white sections meet.

9. Cut a large circle out of black cardstock. Glue it to the middle of the pokeball on the pinata.

10. Cut a smaller white circle out of white cardstock. Glue it to the middle of the pokeball.

Close up of white crepe paper and red crepe paper streamers on a DIY pokeball pinata

11. Thread a ribbon, string, rope, or fishing line through the top of the pinata and knot it.

Tutorial for how to make a pokeball pinata

How to make a Pokemon pinata for a Pokemon birthday party

12. Add candy to the finished Pokeball pinata. Don't go too crazy, like K did though, or else the top of the pinata may rip right off. Ask me how I know...

Not-so-pro tip: if you accidentally rip the top of the pinata off due to the weight of the candy and you couldn't remove any of the candy, then I suggest hacking together the top using a variety of the following: scrap cardboard, hot glue, and duct tape to reattach the top of the pinata. Basically, use anything you have on hand to make sure you can close up your DIY pokeball pinata. Lesson learned...

13. Hang it up at party time! Then smack it open with your pinata bat of choice.

Holding up a finished Pokemon pinata

Finish Off a Pokemon Party with a DIY Pokeball Pinata

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the park near our local zoo with our pokeball pinata. We hung the pinata from a tree in a large open area. The kids were armed with a foam bat and small zipper seal bags to catch the falling loot. It only took a few strong whacks before it busted open. Hard to believe I spent like four hours making the pinata, only for it to be destroyed in a matter of minutes! But the kids loved it!

Hitting a DIY pokemon ball pinata at a Pokemon party

Breaking a paper mache pokeball pinata at a Pokemon themed birthday party

I definitely learned a few things while making this Pokeball pinata and hopefully I'll remember these lessons when I make my next pinata!

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Looking for Pokemon pinata ideas? Here's how to make a DIY pokeball pinata