In Mexico, pinatas are a central part of every celebration. They are especially popular during Las Posadas, the traditional processions, which take place during the nine days before Christmas.
Here at Capella Ixtapa, a pinata making class is being offered to guests interested in learning about this Mexican tradition. But for those of you unable to attend, I have put together the instructions for you.
-A Clay Pot or A Balloon (traditionally in Mexico a clay pot is used)
-Colored Tissue Paper
-Candies (or other small items to fill the piñata)
1. Take one bowl and fill it up with flour. Add water until you create a smooth paste (tip: the final paste should have the consistency of the pancake batter). Use the second bowl as your base to hold the pot or balloon.
2. Cut the rest of the newspaper into 2-3 inch wide strips. Start dipping one paper strip after the other into the bowl of flour paste and placing it tightly over the balloon or clay pot. Cover the entire balloon at least three times over to make a sturdy pinata base (if you are using a clay pot as a base, cover the pot with ten layers of paper – when pinata brakes these layers will hold the pot shards and protect them from flying around). Allow the base to dry over night checking to make sure that the bowl doesn’t adhere to the piñata base.
3. Next, use a box cutter to cut a small hole at the top right and top left side of the dried pinata. Cut a softball-sized hole in the top of the pinata— don’t throw the cut out section away, you will need it later! Pull the balloon out from the inside.
4. Stick the rope into the small hole you made on the top right side of the pinata. With the help of the bigger hole, guide the rope out the small upper-left hole. You’ll use this rope to hang the pinata. Cover and reinforce the small holes with masking tape. These holes will bear a lot of weight when the pinata is hanging, so they need to be sturdy. Fill the pinata with all the goodies. Tape the softball-sized cutout section back onto the pinata.
5. The most traditional style pinata has seven cones in a star shape. To create the cones (or any other shape!) fold and glue cardboard to the pinata form. Your pinata is now ready to be decorated!
6. Take your tissue paper and cut it in three-inch strips. Glue the paper strips on the pinata. You can for example have a colorful ‘body’ of the pinata, and then make each cone its own color.
And if you are able to join us at Capella Ixtapa for the holidays, then be sure to contact your Personal Assistant for information and dates of our Christmas events and celebrations at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Image via Flickr by Joey Parsons