It took eight days and a bit of ingenuity to get there, but by the time my daughter's dragon themed birthday party rolled around, a homemade pinata swung happily from a tree in the backyard.
My first attempt at such a project, I like to classify the dragon pinata as one of those crafts that evolved as I went along. Day one was easy going; simply blow up a balloon and cover it in paper coated with flour paste. Days two and three were kind of the same, since I didn't realize the drying time it took for each layer. On day four, I got smart and broke out a fan to help the drying process. By day five, I was feeling a bit like the dragon had taken over my life -- or at the very least, my kitchen table - as I began to carve wings and spikes out of a cardboard box. Three days, a big bag of treats and two rolls of crepe paper later, we had ourselves a dragon.
Okay, I confess, it really only took seven days, but on day six, I sent the creature to the garage so we could spend a little time apart (and I could reclaim my kitchen).
On the day of the party, the dragon pinata was proudly displayed, serving as a great party prop until the end of the event, when the kids took turns swinging until they broke my eight days of work into eight broken pieces. Yes, part of me cringed at every swing, but the fun they had was what I worked so hard for, right?
Besides, now that I know how to, I can always make another pinata. I'm actually working on one now for my other daughter's birthday. Plus an extra one; just because I can. I'm not sure what it will be yet, but its third layer of papier mache coating is drying as I write. Yes, I may actually be addicted to pinata-making. Who would have thought?
How to Make a Dragon Pinata
Dragon Themed Party Ideas
Image courtesy of Christine Gauvreau