Things to use for the shape of the cupcake - I used a wastepaper bin for the base and a mixing bowl for the top and a tennis ball for the cherry. You can find other things that are similar in shape. I used wallpaper paste for the paper mache but you could make up your own recipe. I wanted the width of the top to match roughly the same shape as the bottom so that they fit together nicely. You could decorate a stick with tissue paper for the pinata bashing stick. When removing the paper mache from the moulds don't worry too much if it tears - you can staple or glue it together because you are decorating it so you can cover any errors.
- Waste Paper Bin
- Mixing Bowl
- Tennis Ball
- Cling Film
- Newspapers (Cut in strips)
- Wallpaper paste
- Tissue Paper (variety of colours)
- Basic PVA / Craft Glue
- Cord or String (to hang up the Pinata)
Step 1: Prepare the paper mache paste (I used Wallpaper paste) I used a disposable plastic bowl for the paste.
Step 2: Place Cling Film around the bin and around the plastic mixing bowl (This helps to remove the paper mache from them.
Step 3: Place the strips of paper and paste all over the bin and bowl. ( I only went to the height I required.) I did about 2 layers.
Step 4: Allow these to dry (I left overnight) I applied another layer the next day - but its up to you how you prefer.
Step 5: Once dry - remove the paper mache moulds from the bin and the bowl carefully.
Step 7: Place the scrunched up balls of tissue paper around the tennis ball - this makes the cherry.
Step 8: Decorate the bottom of the cake (bin part) as you wish - I chose large coloured strips down the side.
Step 9: Once the glue has dried I attached the cherry by stapling it to the top - you could either glue it on or find another way to attach it. I also added long strips to the underneath of the cupcake (optional).
Step 10: I attached the string to the top of the cupcake - by making 2 slits evenly measured and tying knots hidden underneath the cupcake top.
Step 11: Fill the pinata with your chosen goodies - I chose things not to heavy!
Step 12: Attach the top to the bottom of the cupcake. I had to slightly cut into the top of the bottom of the cake to make sure that the top slid onto the bottom more easily, I hope that makes sense! To fasten this I had to place strong clips through both. I did try to staple the two together but my stapler is not a heavy duty one and it didn't work - but it should with a good stapler!
Step 13: Hang your Pinata and watch as the party children totally destroy your hard work arghhhhh!