To create the papier mache portion of the pinata (the octopus body/head), follow the method I used for the ruffled ice cream cone pinata I created last year. Once the ribbon hanger has been placed in the top of your balloon and it has been filled with candy with the bottom sealed as detailed in that tutorial, here’s what you’ll need:
Adhesive foam in assorted colors (I used black, white, grey and red)
Kraft paper or paper sack
Crepe paper streamers
Long twisting balloons
Hand balloon pump
Clear packing tape
step 1 / Prop your papier mache body in a bowl to act as a stand. Using foam brushes, apply 1-2 coats of acrylic paint over the body. My kids had fun helping with this step! Allow the paint to dry completely.
step 2 / Cut out facial features for your octopus from the craft foam. I made mine nice and girly, but you could easily make this suitable for a boy, as well. Adhere the features to the front of your octopus. Cut a strip of Kraft paper that is about 4 inches wide and long enough to go around the bottom of your octopus to conceal the covered bottom opening. Cut vertical slits in this piece to make it resemble a hula skirt, and then use hot glue to adhere it around your octopus body. Accessorize the “waistband” of the skirt, if desired, with a piece of streamer, adhering the piece with hot glue. Feel free to add other streamer accessories, as well. (I gave our octopus a pink hairbow.)
step 3 / Use your hand pump to blow up 8 of your balloons, so that there is about a 6 inch portion at the end of the balloon that remains unfilled when you tie it off. Wind this unfilled portion around, as shown, and adhere it to your octopus body with packing tape so that the wound balloon portion and tape are hidden under your hula skirt. Be sure to space your balloon legs evenly around your octopus body as you go.
You are finished!
Take lots of pictures at this point, because it won’t be long until eager partygoers crack into your handiwork.
I hope your week is going swimmingly so far! Teehee.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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