Spiderman pinatas are easy to make and are a lot of fun. If you’re planning a Spiderman birthday party, the proverbial icing on the cake can be your home made pinata. Some of my fondest birthday memories involve the pinatas my Dad would set up. All manner of treats and small toys would fall out for party guests to scoop up.

Kids can’t get enough of pinatas and they are now widely available for purchase. But making one yourself is simple and fun and doesn’t require the skills of a superhero. Those familiar with making paper mache will have an advantage.

Mix 2 cups of flour with 3 cups of water and put a few squirts of Elmer’s Glue in the mix. Using an old utensil, stir the mix until it forms a paste. Gather strips of newspaper together and keep them nearby. Remember that you don’t want to make the paper mache too early, as it will dry fairly quickly.

Before beginning, draw your intended Spiderman pinata on a piece of paper so you will have a visual reference as you work. This is important because you will need to make a form to hang the paper mache’d strips of newspaper. If you choose to make a Spiderman face, simply blow up a balloon to use as a frame.

Soak the strips of newspaper in the paper mache mix and apply them to cover the balloon. Allow to dry and then apply more strips until you have a structure that can survive a few hits with a baseball bat. Prior to painting, you can pop and remove the balloon. Once the paper mache is completely dry, you can use red spray paint for your background color and black paint of markers to draw the face itself.

If you want a more detailed Spiderman pinata, you will need to build a more detailed frame. Again, you will need to draw your design and then implement it. For example, if you want to make the head and torso, use pieces of cardboard to cut the basic shape.

Next, construct a frame out of plastic drinking straws. Once you’re satisfied with your frame, begin applying the paper mache to your Spiderman pinata. Once the structure is solid, you can remove the straws and cardboard through the same hole you use to fill the pinata. Use red, blue, white and black paint to paint the pinata. Leave a hole in the top of either design to put a piece of clothesline through. Pull the string into the pinata and tie a knot so that the pinata can be hung up for your party.

Article originally published at Source by James McClinsey