What’s one of the best things of summer? Outdoor parties, of course!
Nice weather, enjoying longer days , having a drink lounging on the grass, wanting to stay outside until the last second because nobody wants to go back inside…that feeling of freedom, that only summer can give you. It’s simply magic.
In this case, who can enjoy an outdoor party more than kids?, Even better if it’s a birthday party!
A few weeks ago I was invited to my friend’s 5 years old daughter’s birthday party, and I thought that bringing something to make the kids play with would be a good idea. So I had a lightbulb over my head: to build a giant ice cream piñata and fill it with candies and chocolates! Yeeee!
Obviously, you will think I’m a piñata expert.. not really! Heeheh! This was gonna be my first DIY piñata project! A good chance to learn something new, don’t you think? And I have to say that the result was pretty good actually, you will see!
The directions are simple but slightly long, because you need to work a few minutes every day for 5 days to make it. To make the project less stressful, I suggest you prepare a dedicated table that can stay messy all week. Anyway, don’t worry, you don’t need to invest a lot of time each day – just follow the steps one at a time.
A piñata is a decorated papier-mâché container filled with candies and sweets. The game is to beat the piñata with a cane or stick to let all the candies come out. Have you ever played?
To create my giant ice cream piñata, I made the inside with cardboard that I covered with glue and magazine paper – that’s the easiest way to make papier-mâché projects.
I’ll show you what we need before starting:
1 piece of cardboard measuring 50×80 cm
Brown packaging paper
Pink and green tissue paper (I used 3 pink sheets 1 green sheets both of 50×75 cm)
1 air balloon
1 large brush
Individually packed sweets and candies
It’s time to start now, and today we need more than one song, we need a whole playlist! Eeheh! I’m gonna play some Mumford and sons – indie folk is perfect for this project!
- We start from the cone. Take the cardboard and twist it until you obtain a cone shape. Twist it through the long part and squeeze the bottom to get the proper shape. Seal it with some tape. With your scissors, cut the extra cardboard.
- Put all the glue in a bowl (I used about 300ml)and add some water to create a milk-like consistency.
- Cut the newspaper into strips.
- Put the cone upside down on a table with the tip facing upwards. Brush glue all over it and stick one strip of paper at time making sure they’re flat and vertical. Cover over the whole cone and then brush some more glue on the strips. Let it dry overnight.
- The same day we can start the upper part as well. Blow the balloon, tie it and lean it on a support (I used a big vase). Brush it all with glue and stick paper strips as you did with the cone. Add a layer of glue when you finish. Let it dry overnight.
6. Brush the cone with glue and stick more paper strips, this time on the opposite side, in horizontal. Do the same for the ballon part. Let it dry overnight.
7. Place the cone on the vase as a support. Put the balloon on top of the cone, to complete your ice cream shape. Brush it all over with glue and stick the newspaper stripes in vertical, from the bottom to the top. Let it dry overnight.
If you’re worried about possible damage, cover the ice cream piñata with another layer of glue and newspaper strips. To be honest, I didn’t do it!
After that, take a knife and make a small cut (like a window) on the side of the top part. The balloon will break and, if everything is well, the papier-mâché will hold. Fill it with sweets.
8. Take the brown packaging paper and cut it in rectangles. Stick them to the cone as in the photo.
9. Make 2 small holes on the top of the balloon part. Tie some twine to a skewer and pass it through the two holes. Now you can hang the piñata to a tree.
10. Cut the tissue paper in strips. Curl each strip and stick them one by one on the ice cream part. Cover the whole surface. Let it dry overnight.
Hurray! It’s finished! Feel free be emotional and cry a bit, if you want 😀
Our giant piñata ice cream is ready! Let’s get the party started!
Once I finished the piñata I noticed that the upper part was heavy with sweets and pulling towards the floor. To contract this imbalance, a good idea would be to fill the cone with something cheap and heavy, such as rice or beans.
These are some of the pictures from the party. The kids loved the piñata, didn’t beat each other with their canes (good!) and everyone had fun! So… it was a success! Yeeee!