Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hello Kitty Pinanta

My daughter wants a Hello Kitty themed party for her birthday,  so I decided to get started on the decorations.  We have a tradition in our family that the kids get a pinata for their birthday party, so a Hello Kitty pinata is the project!

HK Pinata

I started out with a small hello kitty pattern that I enlarged on a copier to the size that I wanted the pinata to be.

Then trace the pattern twice on a heavy piece of cardboard.

Next, cut out the cardboard patterns.

Then cut some 3 inch strips of cardboard that will be used to go around the pattern

Use part of one of the cardboard strips to make a circle, triangle, or whatever shape you want.  You are going to glue this in the middle of the inside of the cardboard shape.  This makes the pinata sturdy, so when you add the wet paper mache, the pinata will not become concave when it drys.

Next, glue the cardboard strips around the outside of the pattern, leaving a 2 - 3 inch gap in the perimeter so you have a place to put in the candy!

This is what the pinata will look like before you add the paper mache.

Now for the fun part - goooooooey paper mache.

First take some newspaper and rip it into 2 - 3 inch strips.

Now it is time to mix the paper mache paste.

This is what you will need:
Cinnamon (optional)

Mix the water and flour together in a 2 to 1 ratio.  For example, mix 1 cup flour with 2 cups water.  I use warm water because I like it better.  I also add a little bit of cinnamon to the mix.  I do not like the smell of the water and flour mix  -  cinnamon makes is so much more pleasant!
I use my cheap project mixer to mix the lumps out.

Next, dip the newspaper strips in the paste and run it through your fingers to get most of the excess paste off.

Then lay the paper strips on the pinata.

This is what it looks like when you finish.
You will need to let it dry overnight.

I usually do a couple layers of newspaper and then add a layer of printer or construction paper that is the same color that I will paint the pinata.  You can see the cinnamon now, put you won't see it after it is painted.

Then, paint the pinata.

Next, cut 3/4 inch slits about 1/2 inch apart on a streamer.  Then, wrap the streamer around the pinata and glue it down.

Next, make the eyes, nose, whiskers, and bow for Hello Kitty.

Lastly, glue on the eyes, nose, whiskers and bow!

I hope my daughter will love it!

I have made several pinatas for my kids birthdays over the years.  You can make them any theme you want and they turn out really neat and the kids love them!  Here are a few:

What type of pinata would you make?

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  1. I love all things Hello Kitty! (If she's filled with candy, bonus!) Great tutorial!

  2. My little girl would love this! She's turning four in October and crazy about piñatas. In fact, we just went to a birthday party yesterday where she beat that piñata for all it's worth. Was joking with my husband about filling one with sequins, glitter, and bouncy rubber balls. I just might make this and do exactly that! (We're not big fans of candy for the under 5 crowd.)

  3. This is darling! I think any girl...or adult would love this sweet pinata :) Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous tutorial with Roses of Inspiration. Enjoy your week. Hugs!

  4. I haven't done paper mache since elementary school! My kids would think this was super cool. Pinned!

  5. This is such a cute idea! I have a granddaughter that would absolutely love this.

    I have a link party that I'm trying to grow. It's Grandma Ideas Sharing Time at I invite you to share this -- and a couple of other ideas -- because I know my readers will like your links as much as I do!

    It runs from Wednesday through Friday night at midnight Mountain Daylight Time. I hope to see you there!

    All the best,

  6. You do a wonderful job with these!!

  7. Cute! I think I made almost the exact same pinata for my daughter's birthday a few years back. Great mind think alike? ;)

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit.

  8. Brenda, our family does pinatas quite often. This Hello Kitty one is absolutely darling. A lot of work, but so worth it!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Hi Brenda! Aren't you a clever chicky? I'm lucky to say my daughter hasn't been a fan of Hello Kitty but if she was I'd be sure to make this for her for her next party. At least your tutorial is so well written I might think about making it into any shape for the kid's next birthday. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. It's always a pleasure to have you. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party.

    Anne xx

  10. This is by far my favorite find this week! Our little girl loves pinatas and I've never seen how one gets made. Thank you for linking this up at the Thank Goodness It's Thursday party!

  11. Hello Pretty Lady, you are so creative! Thank you for sharing at the Friday Favorites Link Party! Please join us again tonight to share what you have been working on this week. Christine @ Must Love Home

  12. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I made one of our own and it turned out very cute and practical. I may actually try another shape someday.

  13. How do you connect something to hang it up?