Impress guests at your next backyard party with this charming, handmade honeybee pinata. Just follow these step-by-step directions to make your own candy filled beehive.
To make your pinata you will need newsprint (or recycled newspaper), assorted colors of tissue paper, scissors, glue, a brush, a large balloon, yellow crepe paper and a few thin branches. You'll also need wire, string or twine to hang your pinata, and some candy to fill it. (We suggest honey flavored.)
Mixing the Paste
There are a few different ways to make paper mache paste, and you can use any of them for your pinata. We created our paste by mixing one part white glue with two parts warm water.
Blow up a balloon and begin covering the surface with strips of newsprint. Lay each piece of paper on and brush it with the paste until it is soaked through. Use at least 3 layers of paper, but make it thicker at the end opposite where the balloon is tied off. You'll be hanging your pinata from that end, so you need to make sure the paper is strong enough to carry the weight. Leave a space without paper about 2 inches round around the tie.
Filling Your Pinata
Poke a paper clip through the balloon tie and use it to hang your balloon while it dries. It may take up to a day to dry completely, depending on the humidity level where you are. Once your pinata is dry, pop and remove the balloon. Then add candy through the hole left around the tie. Use honey flavored candy to compliment your beehive theme.
Closing The Hole
Seal the hole with more stripes of newsprint and paper mache paste. Be sure to layer over the hole so it will be solid. Let dry again.
Decorating The Beehive
Once the patch is dry begin adding the yellow crepe paper. Start at the bottom center, over the patch you just added by gluing one end of the crepe paper to the pinata. Continue wrapping and gluing the crepe paper in a spiral around the pinata. Make each spiral just a little larger than the one before, so the layers overlap and all of the newsprint is covered. Continue until you've covered the entire pinata.
Attach a Hanger
Once the pinata is covered in the layers of crepe paper wait for the glue to dry completely. Then poke two holes in the top of the pinata, at least 2 inches apart. Thread twine or wire through the holes to create a hanger for your pinata.
Now that your beehive is complete, cut out the shapes you will use to add decorate branches to your pinata. You will need flower shapes in the color of your choice, green leaves and long, narrow strips of brown paper.
To make your flowers add a drop of glue and twist together two flower shapes, making a point at the center. You can mix two different colors of paper if you want a little extra variety in your flowers.
Attach the flowers and leaves to branches by wrapping the strips of brown paper around the branch and the twisted point in the center of the flower. Place groupings of flowers at the ends of the branches, and sprinkle single flowers and leaves across the rest for a realistic look.
Make honeybees by rolling squares of yellow paper into round, oval shapes. Add drops of glue as you go and roll tightly to make a solid body for your bee.
Once you have the body of your bee created, cut thin strips of black tissue paper. Place your bee on a branch and wrap three to four strips around the body of your bee and the branch. Secure with glue to make sure your bees stay on.
Arrange the branches around the top of your pinata until you're happy with the placement. Poke a hole through the pinata on either side of each branch and thread twine or wire through the holes and tie around the branch with a bit of glue for extra security.
Your pinata is now complete. Hang it from a tree branch at your party and whack it open for a delicious, honey treat.