How to.. make a Paper Mâché Piñata Fish!

If you are planning a birthday party this summer or any party with games and want a little wow factor make the kids your very own paper mâché piñata! They are colourful and for the older children fun – an opportunity to let off a little steam. They are easier to make than you think.

So, paper craft continues.. but in the form of paper mâché! I decided to use the natural shape of a balloon to make a fish.

1) Materials: Flour & Water (for paste), newspaper, balloon, cardboard (to shape tail). Paint brushes. PVC glue and tissue paper. Sweets/ small gifts for filling, masking tape and string for closing up and hanging.

2) Mix roughly 1 part flour to 2-3 parts water. Mircowave on full heat stirring until you have a wallpaper consistency paste. This paste will keep in fridge 2-3 days. I recommend using a container that you could throw away afterwards (e.g. ice cream tub).

3) Tear newspaper into strips. One inch is fine. Though have some smaller ones to hand for fiddly bits (mouth & attaching of tail).

4) Cover balloon but leave a hole on top. Roughly two layers worth. Don’t make it too thick, as you want the piñata to be breakable!

5) Cover cardboard of tail with newspaper (to give even painting surface), attach by adding long strips of paper over the top of tail down the balloon and the diagonally across these. Make sure news paper is NOT too wet, else it will all break off. If it is too wet, add some dry strips to soak it up.

6) I pre shaped the mouth and then added small layes of newspaper to smooth it over. If this is too fiddly for you, just paint one on! I found once I done this, that my hole at the top wasn’t centrail, so I cut some of the mâché away and repositioned. Do it gently though and don’t burst the balloon!

7) Let dry.

8 ) Paint in desired colour scheme. I chose my colours based on the tissue paper I had – which was salvaged present wrapping! Thrifty me!

9) Cut one inch wide, maybe 2 inch long strips of tissue paper (I roughly use one large sheet).

10) Start glueing at base of tail and work your way round in a spiral. I marked where the face should be, so that I could have a nice even line there. Save some tissue paper for covering the hole.

11) Let dry.

12) Fill with goodies. Make holes for string to hang from. Cover big hole with masking tape and add some tissue paper or paint.

13) Have fun!

Red Ted LOVED the piñata. I have to confess, he loved it so much, that I didn’t have the heart to actually use it as a piñata ,I think he would have cried.

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 Previous How Tos:

 – How to make a Sock Bunny (Guest Post)

Simple but effective paper frames (vlog) 

– How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor! 

How to make a Paper Envelope  

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt)  

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!)  

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)  

22 responses to this post.

  1. The fish pinata is great! Lovely work!


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you 🙂 much appreciated!! Really pleased that I made it with “things I had at home”!


  2. Great tutorial! This turned out great! Very fitting for a summer partY! Thanks so much for linking up! 🙂


  3. This looks much better than any I have seen at the store!!! This is a great project….so adorable! Great Friday Finish.


  4. This is awesome! My kids always loved pinatas at parties. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.


  5. I’m glad that you didn’t actually break this pinata. It’s so cute!


  6. Hi, me again! Thanks for the tutorial. This will be great for my niece’s bday party!


  7. That would be so cute for Rainbow Fish fans! 🙂


  8. This is so fun! I love the festive colors you chose. I made a jellyfish pinata last year and I think I might be ready to try a more complicated shape like this for this year’s party. Thanks for the inspiration!


  9. How fun! I am sure it is a hit at the parties. My kids have always loved a pinata.


  10. you make it sound so simple!! come on over and link up to MMM!!!


  11. How CUTE! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #12! ~Bridgette


  12. Darling pinata!!! Such a fun summer party pleaser! Coming over to check out your blog!~!!


  13. Your fish looks great!!! I love how it turned out, great job!


  14. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!


  15. I adore paper mache!! The fish lips are great!!


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you!! Someone said they looked like collagen lips – which then made me all uncertain!


  16. You made that? It’s awesome… now to figure out what type of pinata to make for Laci’s birthday next year. I LOVE IT!!!!!!! Great job and thank you for linking!


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you! Oooh wouldnt it be great if you made one for Laci’s birthday!! You must must must! Am sure I can help you with some ideas?! They look “harder” than they are!! x


  17. Great idea!! Thanks for linking it up at Fine Craft Guild DIY Linky Party.

    Do join again with an equally great tutorial next party, will ya? It opens Wednesday and you can reach it from our homepage.



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