So easy you'll never buy one again!
The last time I made a pinata, it was a Stegasourus and it took me 3 weeks. I put so many layers of papier mache on the poor rather fabulous dinosaur fellow, it took a beating from some enthusiastic dads to crack it open. He was beautiful and as the children stomped him into the earth I nearly sobbed.
SO. This time I went the cardboard route.
You will need :
an old box ( we had a large rectangular fruit box which was perfect)
tape-masking or similar
3 or 4 packets of tissue paper ( if you want to use crepe paper instead go for it)
felt for the raindrops
strong craft glue
thick needle paper scissors
*Firstly you need to trace you shape onto the base of the box. Remember you need both sides to fit so divide the base in half then mirror your cloud shape. Cut the two pieces out.
* Cut the sides of the box off in long strips about 4inches (10cm) wide. You will notice you can bend the strips across the grain so do this as it will help you bend them around the shape of the cloud.
*Cut some pieces of tape and have them ready-they dont need to be very wide. If you tape this together really really well it will hold together really really well when the kids are having a whack and you want those sweets to burst out. Not ideal!
*Start bending the strips around the sides and taping as you go. I taped them on the edge, not inside the edge, as it held the shape better.
*Cut some raindrops from the left over cardboard
*Carefully cut a flap in the top so you can fill it when you're done
*You also need to cut a large flap across the bottom if you want someone to be able to pull something to open it. Like a one year old ( gulp) using a raindrop.
*Start covering it in tissue paper-large pieces and not neat as this is just the 'crumb layer' if you like. Leave the flaps open
*Now cover your raindrops in felt-just place a raindrop on a piece of felt and cut it out about 5mm bigger. Do a piece for each side of each raindrop and glue them together with the cardboard shape in the centre. Squeeze the felt edges together sealing the cardboard shape inside and leaving your raindrops nice and neat.
* Now thread some fishing line onto the needle and thread it through the top of a raindrop. Secure with a coupld of knots. Work out where you want this raindrop hanging and then thread it through the flap or edge of the bottom of the cloud. reoeat with each raindrop.
**DONT FORGET to secure the 'pull' raindrop to the flap near the open end so that it will pull open when you want it too
*Cut strips of tissue paper and scallop one edge. The size is up to you. Glue the strips, starting at the bottom, across the front and back of the pinata. When you layer the sides, start at the centre bottom and work your way up the sides so that both sides have the layers going the right way
* Glue them to the flap but not right across-you'll do that after filling it
* Thread some fishing line and secure to the front with several knots then leaving about 1 metre, cut the line then secure to the other side. This way you have a long loop for hanging or securing with ribbon to a branch. The cloud looks so much nicer if you cant see the support lines
* Cut some contrasting raindrops out and stick on randomly on the front and back- I went with silver so it shimmers when hanging
* I glued a number 1 on a raindrop for fun and to remind us which one yank on
So there you go. You can apply this technique to any sape you like.