Monday 30 April 2012

Cupcake Pinata Tutorial

cupcake pinata tutorial

This is a photograph of a Cupcake Pinata that I recently made for a party. The whole party was a Cupcake Theme. Here is the link to my post about the party: cupcake-party-theme

cupcake pinata tutorial

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)
cupcake pinata tutorial

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.
cupcake pinata tutorial
Step 6: I cut small pieces of tissue paper and scrunched them up into small balls and glued them onto the bowl mould - this took quite a while! My children joined in with this part of the project.
cupcake pinata tutorial

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.
cupcake pinata tutorial

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!

cupcake pinata tutorial

cupcake pinata tutorial

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  1. That looks like a fun cupcake, bet they had a good time. Have a great week.

  2. Aw this is fab! I bet they had a great time bashing all your hard work! x

  3. What a cute idea. Love it! Hopping over from Judy's creative Monday. I'm your newest linky follower. Hugs!

  4. What a great idea. This looks amazing! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas!

  5. This is adorable, you did a great job!


  6. Very clever ideas in using the waste bin and bowl for molds, tennis ball for the cherry. It turned out great. Thanks for linking on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Hope to see you again this week!

  7. That is super impressive!! such a clever idea.. I've featured you on my FB page.. a while ago..

    Thank you for linking into Made with Love.. :)

  8. This is sooo adorable! I just adore cupcakes and pinatas are soo fun! Hope you will stop by and join in the fun at my new under 300 followers blog hop!


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