We are big fans of home birthday parties. And I have made a pinata for almost every birthday party we have hosted in the last two years. As a result of our experiences, I have learned a few things about homemade pinatas.
- Paper mache is not necessary to make a pinata. It will soon be broken, so the pinata doesn't have to be very sturdy. In fact, it is better if the pinata breaks fairly easily rather than having to be assaulted with deadly force. Especially when you have preschoolers as guests.
- Keep the finished pinatas out of reach of young children. We learned this the hard way when my son destroyed a lovely pinata my daughter had made by herself.
- Making a pinata usually takes a long time. Start it at least several days before the party.
The nice thing about star pinatas is that they work well for both boys and girls. Another pinata I made last year can be found in this post about my daughter's birthday party. The versatile star pinata can also be used to add fun to a Fourth of July celebration or Christmas party.