Personalized Papier Mache Pinatas

These decorative pinatas are the perfect addition to any child's party, and are very easy to make.

Personalized Papier Mache Pinatas

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April 2007


  • Bowl

  • Flour

  • Water

  • Salt

  • Whisk

  • Balloon

  • Masking tape

  • Empty jar

  • Newspaper, cut into strips

  • Pin (to pop balloon)

  • Mod Podge

  • Double-sided tape

  • Yarn (for hair)

  • Printed picture of someone's face

  • Utility knife

  • Pinata fillings (such as candy or art supplies)


  1. In a large bowl, add 1 part flour to 1 part water. Add salt to prevent mold. Whisk until smooth.

  2. Inflate a balloon. Tape down knot with masking tape. Rest balloon on empty jar.

  3. Dip strip of newspaper into mixture. Squeeze excess with fingers to minimize dripping. Lay several strips over balloon, and smooth with fingers. Repeat until balloon is covered twice. Let dry completely, then pop balloon with pin.

  4. Cut the face pieces to fit onto the balloon. Apply to balloon and brush with Mod Podge.

  5. Cut out trap door with utility knife. Fill pinata with various treats, such as candy or art supplies.

  6. Seal hole with tape.


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