I have made lots and lots of pinatas before so when my boys wanted me to make a Minecraft pinata for their birthday party I agreed. Of course, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that everything on Minecraft is square. I have always made my pinatas out of balloons, so I had to get a little creative when thinking about how to make a “square” pinata. I decided to use brown paper grocery sacks.
What you need to make a Minecraft Pinata:
- 2 grocery brown paper bags
- strip of cardboard
- wire (or weed-eater line works great)
- newspapers (cut into strips)
- Flour and water
- Tissue paper (or crepe paper) and construction paper for decoration
How to easily make a Minecraft pinata:
Step 1: Secure the Handle
On the inside of one of the bags, my husband cut a thin piece of wood paneling to fit inside the base of the bag, but you could use a piece of cardboard to add stability. He then strung thin plastic wire through holes in the paneling as well as through the bag. We tend to have a problem with our pinatas getting too heavy so I was worried about the handle breaking (which happens almost every time). This little contraption worked great!
Step 2: Add a second Paper Bag to make a whole pinata.
Once the handle was all set, I slid another grocery sack inside the first one to make a cube. Ok, well not a cube exactly, but this was more square than a balloon so my kids were happy.
Step 3: Cover with Paper Mache
I then just went to town and covered my bags with paper mache. For the paper mache, I started with about 1 cup of flour and added enough water until I had a fairly thin mixture – not as thin as water, but not as thick as pancake batter. Then I tore newspaper into 2 inch strips, dipped them through the mixture and stuck them to the bag.
Once I had the bags covered completely, I let it dry for about 24 hours and then covered it all again. After the second coat dried for 24 hours I had a nice firm exterior.
Step 4: Decorate!
Since my boys wanted a Creeper pinata, I then just added green tissue paper, again using the flour mixture. Since tissue paper is quite a bit thinner than newspaper, I used a sponge brush to brush the flour mixture on the pinata and then stuck the tissue paper to it. Once that was dried, I simply glued the Creeper face on using black construction paper.
Step 5: Add the Candy!
My husband also cut a flap in the back of the pinata so I could add the candy.
It really easy THAT easy to make a Minecraft Pinata!
Now, I made a second pinata, but for some crazy reason I have NO pictures of it! 🙁 Anyway, I used the same process, but I covered it in white instead of green because my boys wanted a ghast (sp?). I made the face out of construction paper and then attached white strips of tissue paper to the bottom of the pinata. Here is what a ghast looks like, so you have an idea of what I’m talking about.