Traditions of Christmas ~ A Pinate

  Are you looking for something different to do this Christmas? One of our many Christmas activities from years gone by has been making a pinate.

Making a Christmas Pinate

  It's been several years since we've done one, so some of these pictures are from previous Christmas seasons. It's a slow process that takes a few days, but the kids have fun making it, and even more fun breaking it open and eating the candy!

Materials Required:

  • Newspaper- cut in strips or squares
  • Home made paste
  • Large balloon
  • Two  big bowls- one for the flower and water for paste, and one for the balloon to sit in


Making a Christmas pinate
Yes, this is a recent photo!

Cut up several newspapers in strips and squares

Mix paste- In a large bowl mix flour and water to a sticky, but runny consistency.

Making a Christmas Pinate

Put strips of newspaper in the paste, one at a time, removing excess. 
Place the strip on the balloon, starting at the top, and working your way around. 
Continue until you have all or most of the balloon covered. 
Carefully set the balloon in another clean bowl that's been lined with plastic wrap.  
Let sit until dry. We left ours until the next day. 
Throw out any left over paste and clean the bowl and any mess immediately.
When the first layer is dry, make another layer in the same way.
Repeat a third time.

Making a  pinate
Jerry and I putting strips of newspaper on the balloon.
(he's so little!!)

Making a pinate
Carefully place strips on balloon!

Making a pinate
First layer complete
Once the entire balloon was covered with paper, we left ours to dry overnight. The next day Danny and I put on another layer of strips. The third day we used squares of paper, just to add more strength, and let it dry overnight again.

Making a pinate

Directions Continued:

While holding the end of the balloon, use something sharp to deflate it, and remove it from the pinate.

Next- Decorate the pinate. 

Making a  pinate
We decided we didn't like the colors, 
so we gave this one a second coat!
The next step will be to fill the pinate with candy. Use the hole at the top, where the balloon came out. You can later cover the hole with with masking tape.

Last step, hang the pinate with string or rope...the pinate is very hard, so you may need to use a drill to poke holes through!

And let the fun begin! Just looking at these pictures from when our kids were younger is fun for me!

Making a  pinate
Danny, lining up his shot!

Making a  pinate

Pinate Fun
Isn't that a mischievous look!?

Breaking the pinate
And this is the moment they've been waiting for!

  I hope you're enjoying our Traditions of Christmas and maybe getting some ideas for your own family. We have a few more, so come on back tomorrow.

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