DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

Have you even thought about Easter? Is it too soon? It’s difficult to not at least consider Easter when all the stores are selling all my favorite candy! I love Easter, and not just because of the candy, but the reason behind this holiday is so dear to me. I also love the spring weather surrounding it, the adorable Easter outfits, and of coarse the décor and Easter baskets. I wanted to do something unique and fun this year for the girls’ baskets. There are a ton of cute ideas on Pinterest, but with an imaginative six-year old, I wanted a little bit of interaction. That’s when I thought to do a DIY Easter Egg Piñata surprise, instead of a traditional basket.

I quickly noticed that there are some adorable Easter Egg Piñatas on Pinterest, but they very much look like traditional piñatas. I wanted the egg to hold my girls’ Easter surprises and then they’d have to break them open, like a piñata, to reach the goodies. And while I love the piñata fringe, I just wanted the look of a huge paper maché egg. So that’s what I did, it was so fun and easy, and I learned some tips along the way to make it easier for anyone who gives this a go.

If you want that perfect egg shape, then this DIY craft will drive you bonkers. Just saying. But the basic egg shape is fun and gets the point across. To make your own DIY Easter egg piñata surprise, you will need: two balloons, newspaper, scissors, flour, water, and string.


DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

To quickly paint the polka dots, I just dipped a little espresso cup in paint and stamped the circle shape onto my pinata. Then I used a paint brush to fill in the dot. This way is so much easier for me to create good circles – otherwise they’d be polka ovals! You could decoupage cute Easter clipart, glue pom poms or lace, you could cut fringe using crepe paper to get the adorable pinata look – the decorating possibilities are endless. I did simple polka dots in each daughter’s favorite colors.


DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise – Goodies

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DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise – How To:

  1. Gather and prepare all your supplies on a work surface that can get messy.
    I made my DIY Easter egg piñata surprise under a chandelier so that I could hang the balloon to dry afterwards.
  2. Cut rectangular pieces of newspaper, roughly 2″ x 5″ pieces work well.
  3. Blow up a balloon.
  4. Mix 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of warm water. Use a whisk to thoroughly blend it into a paste.
  5. Dip a piece of newspaper into the paste and scrape off excess using your fingers.
  6. Apply the newspaper to the large end of the balloon first and smooth out.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6, being sure to slightly layer the pieces of newspaper covering the bottom 3/4 of the balloon.
    Make sure all the 3/4 section of the balloon is covered.
  8. Tie the string to the chandelier and then the end of the balloon so it can hang to dry. The paste may drip, so make sure something is underneath it.
  9. Once completely dry, carefully cut the string, and pop the balloon.
  10. Now that you have a partial pinata, you can add some Easter grass and whatever goodies inside.
  11. Be sure to not completely fill the 3/4 shell because you need some room for the other balloon.
  12. Hold the other balloon partially inside the 3/4 shell and begin blowing it up. Once the balloon is touching the perimeter of the 3/4 shell, you can tie off the balloon.
  13. Then repeat steps 5 and 6 to completely cover the new balloon – leave the balloon knot out. You’ll need to overlap the new pieces over the 3/4 shell too.
  14. Once completely dry, carefully pop the balloon. You may not be able to remove the balloon – it doesn’t matter.
  15. You can add one more small piece of newspaper to cover the very top hole using paste or glue stick.
  16. Paint and decorate!

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise – Video:

Be sure to check out my video showing the steps above and hit that Like button~ The short video shows me adding goodies to the bottom shell and then how to blow up the balloon to get the top shape. Sometimes it’s easier to learn by watching – it’s a short watch!


DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise

I cannot wait to watch my girls bust open these crazy DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprises! A few things to consider, you could have your kiddos make their own egg pinata (it’s a fun craft for all ages and saves you some time), you can blow up the balloon as little or as big as you want, be sure to overlap the newspaper pieces enough to support the shape (I’ve already had a few little cracks), and be aware that the bottom where the egg sits will flatten (so prop it up in a way you want it to stay). I would do this craft again, and I’m excited to see how my daughters decide to crack open their DIY Easter Egg Piñata Surprise! Please subscribe to my blog to get weekly decorating and DIY inspiration! And I’d love to connect with you on Instagram~


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Awesome ways to use dissolving paper

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Parenting can be tough, but it’s also one of the greatest joys I’ve ever experienced. My girls are 8.5 years apart, unintentionally. We struggled with infertility for over three years before being blessed with our youngest. Even being 8.5 years apart, I just knew they would both love these awesome ways to use dissolving paper.

Awesome ways to use dissolving paper

Our first born, Sawyer, is 13 years old and she’s amazing. If we were both kids at the same time, we would have been besties – she’s just that cool. And Quinn is 5 and she’s a wonderful ball of energy and emotions. I’ve never experienced a child who is so in touch with her emotions and feels so free in showing them – even in public when I wish she wouldn’t. Both girls are super affectionate, kind, fun, funny, smart, and so much more. It’s hard to not fall in love with them more every day – even when I want to pull my hair out sometimes!

Awesome ways to use dissolving paper

Awesome ways to use dissolving paper

Our girls are growing up fast, too fast, and I feel like I’m missing it. So this year, I’m taking off Christmas break to spend time with them and make some memories. I’m planning some activities for us and hopefully we find some spontaneous things to do as well. One of the activities we will try involves water-soluble dissolving paper. This isn’t edible paper, but it completely dissolves which is still really fun to play with. I tested out my activity ahead of time and while one idea sort of flopped, the other idea turned out pretty awesome!

Dissolving paper crafts

Dissolving paper crafts

I used Dr. Bronner’s unscented soap and mixed in some soap dye to paint dissolving paper sheets. Then I used a paper punch and made confetti. This idea was a DIY fail for me. My paper punch barely made it through this small batch of confetti and painting dissolving paper isn’t as easy as it sounds – you have to be quick because well, it’s designed to dissolve in water.

Once one side is painted and dry, you’ll have to paint the other side too. The pink and purple colors started fading after a week and the confetti likes to stick together. Of course it did, it’s coated with smooth liquid soap. I think it looks pretty when completed, and maybe with better tools it wouldn’t have been so time consuming and irritating. But my plans to make a bunch of bath confetti for Sawyer’s friends is a no-go. Sorry girls!

Dissolving paper crafts

Dissolving Origami

However, my second idea is super cute, easy, and much faster. I painted only one side of a dissolving sheet of paper with multiple colors, allowed it to dry, and then cut out a perfect square. Then I folded the square into an Origami crane. I found this video by Ashley Jeena Paik to be super easy and helpful. The cool thing about the crane is that it can float in the bath and add to creative bath time play – well at least until it dissolves. There are so many cool Origami shapes to try, but Quinn and I love birds so the crane won out. I also folded a butterfly for Quinn to paint and she loved it (see video below).

Dissolving Origami

This activity can take up as much or as little time as you want. I’m going to have the girls paint their pages whatever colors they want, then the next day when they’re dry, I will cut out squares for them and we’ll fold Origami. Then later that evening, into the bath they go. They can make great handmade gifts as well – one crane is good for one hand washing!

Dissolving Origami

This activity isn’t too messy, it’s just soap and washable dyes, and it’s artistic and unique. The supplies can be used for other uses as well. I use Dr. Bronners to make our foaming hand soap, and the dye can be used for bath bombs, shower melts, bath salts, and bubble bath.

Another idea for this cool paper is to print your favorite images or photos and then cut them out and add to homemade glycerin soap. I love this idea, and I’m sure there are a lot more creative ways to use dissolving paper… if you can think of any, please share in the comment box below. I know we’d all love to be inspired!

Photo by soapylovedeb on flickr

Resources

Homemade bath gifts – label download – Avery label #22856
Christmas break activities for kids – coming soon
Shower melts – coming soon

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