1. First, you will need to lay newspaper down all over your work space to prevent a disastrous mess.
2. Next, blow up the balloons to the shape you want them. In this case, we made one little balloon for the head and one larger one for the body.
3. Tape the two pieces together to make the desired shape.
4. Next, make the paste. If you are using the regular bottle of glue, dump it into a large dish and mix it with water until it is about the consistency of milk. If you are using the Elmer's Paper Mache Paste, mix in two parts water and one part powder.
5. Cut the newspaper into strips so that you can lay them onto the balloon.
6. Dip the paper strips one strip at a time into the paste and cover the strip evenly by pinching the top of the strip with your fingers and sliding your fingers down the length of the strip.
7. Lay the paper strips covered in paste on the balloon and leave a small hole at the bottom for the candy (Note: If you're making a pinata for the mutant pinata show, organizer Beatrice Moore says candy is optional, and must be non-perishable). You will want to put one layer of the newspaper strips on the balloon then let it dry and apply one more layer.
8. Once both layers of the paper mache are dry, take a needle and pop the balloon underneath the newspaper exterior. If it is dry enough, and if you created enough layers, the balloon should pop and the outside paper layer will stay intact.
9. Now it is time to decorate the pinata. You can simply paint it or you can cover it with colored paper to decorate it.
(Watch out next week for our post on how to decorate the Pinata and our finished product ...)