Whether you fill this piñata with candy and let kids beat the stuffing out of it, or just hang it for a summer decoration, this project is fun, colorful and sure to get compliments!
Tissue paper can be used instead of crepe paper streamers. However, it’s more expensive and more difficult to work with. Be sure to allow adequate drying time between layers. If you pop the balloon before the layers are completely dry, the mold you spent hours creating will collapse. You can use a hair dryer on low setting to speed up drying, knocking as much as two days off the process. However, decorating should not begin until the project has dried overnight at least once.
Prepare papier mâché paste by bring two cups of water to a boil. In large bowl, whisk together remaining two cups of water and flour. When water comes to a boil, add the flour mixture and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Mixture will thicken as it cools. Let cool completely. A thin skin will form on top.
Blow up balloon and stand it up in the small bowl or plastic tub. This will hold the balloon steady while you work with it.
Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth and place balloon and bowl on top.
Once papier mâché paste is cooled, remove skin layer and discard. Place bowl of paste next to balloon.
Tear newspaper into strips. Don’t cut into strips, as the rough edge from tearing actually helps keep the surface smooth.
Dip a strip of newspaper through the paste, coating it thoroughly. Squeeze off excess by dragging it through your fingers.
Place strip of newspaper at an angle on the balloon. Repeat this step, overlapping newspaper strips, until entire balloon is covered (except for an opening at the top about two inches wide).
Let this first layer dry overnight. Cover your bowl of papier mâché paste with plastic wrap to keep it from drying.
Before adding a second layer of newspaper strips, add your hanger. Measure out enough yarn or heavy string to wrap around the balloon twice. Find the center of the yarn and tape it to the bottom of the balloon. Bring both sides of the string up and have them follow the sides of the balloon, connecting at the top. Tie in a knot and tape down.
Begin your second layer of newspaper, covering the string as well. Allow this second layer to dry.
Finish with a third layer of newspaper strips, smoothing any rough edges as you go. Set aside to dry.
Cut crepe paper streamers into two inch squares. Make a good sized pile, big enough to fit into a serving bowl or small casserole. Set streamers aside in case you need more.
Cut white crepe paper streamer squares in half as these need to be smaller than the rest.
When balloon is completely dry, paint it with a layer of Liquitex Basics Gesso. This is so the newsprint won’t show through the crepe paper. Allow to dry. Always use the bowl or plastic tub for stability.
Turn balloon over so that the bottom is up. Use glue stick and light green crepe paper to cover the bottom portion of the balloon.
Lay balloon on its side. Use a pen or black marker to draw a football shape from top to bottom on one side of the balloon. This will be the pink section of the watermelon. Draw an outline around the football shape. This will be the white rind around the pink watermelon interior. You will use this as a guide when gluing on crepe paper.
Start with the white crepe paper. Glue the white paper squares to the rind outline you just drew. Begin at the bottom of the balloon and work your way up, gluing squares on one at a time, overlapping each other to create a fringe effect.
Next, glue the pink squares into the football shaped area you drew, again starting at the bottom and working your way up, overlapping the white a little bit.
Using the darker green paper squares, glue stripes onto the balloon. Start about two-and-a-half inches to the left of the white section. Repeat this on the other side of the white and continue around the balloon, making a few evenly spaced green stripes.
Fill in remaining areas with light green paper squares.
Pop the exposed part of the balloon at the top and carefully remove the balloon fragments through the opening at the top.
Fill about halfway with candy, toys and trinkets.
Use tape to cover the opening. Then cover the tape with light green paper squares.
Dip the handle end of a large craft paintbrush into black paint and dot on the “seeds” onto the pink paper. Let dry.