Now, I know that since this whole travel the world while staying home thing was my idea, I can choose to do or not to do anything I want with it, there aren't any rules. But I knew that Miss Celina was right. We were having a Mexican Celebration and we needed to have a Piñata for it.
After a bit of research, I decided that the best way to make a piñata was to start with a balloon then paper maché the balloon. I got the kids in aprons, I blew up a balloon and mixed the paste.
|Paste: 2 cups of flour and 3 cups of water.|
I was clearly not prepared for this project. After the first few splatters of glue I started to panic about the kind of mess that we were creating. I found myself lecturing the kids on how they could be less messy. Yes, that’s right, I was asking my children to be less messy while using paper maché. If you take nothing more from this post, take this: ALWAYS prepare for a mess that is at least 4 times more than you expect, then you can be pleasantly surprised when it is only 3 times more.
|Seriously, look at this kid, he's practically swimming in it. |
Ok, maybe not, but it felt that way at the time. He had his hands IN it. All the way in it.
It didn’t take me long to realize that I was being absolutely unrealistic. The glue was only a paste made of flour and water, it would wash off of my dining chairs…. and walls. I have a vinyl table cloth that is used only for crafts, so I don’t care what kind of mess happens to that. I took a few deep breaths and came up with a new plan. A plan that would hopefully keep them happy and still keep the mess to a minimum. I dipped the strips and then passed them to A & E to apply to the balloon. This way I didn’t have two kids elbow deep in goopy paste.
|I can't say that I was surprised that it resembled an egg, but for some reason, |
I felt a bit disappointed that it did, how is that Mexican? Huevos Piñata?!?!?!? Great.
I had no idea, at this point, How long it would take to dry, but I figured we could get to painting and decorating it the next day. Stay tuned for the next post to see just how long it took.
(Translation: Hacer una piñata despide uno- Making a piñata part one)