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Preteen Easter Craft: Easter Egg Piñata

paper-mache-eggThis fun Easter craft will take four weeks to complete, but when children are finished they’ll have a great Papier-Mâché Easter Egg piñata.


Papier-mâché is an involving craft for children, but the outcome is worth it. Be prepared: The process can be time consuming and messy.

For each child you’ll need:

  • an inflated and tied-off balloon,
  • dozens of newspaper strips (approximately 2×8-inches), and
  • a 2×10-inch cardboard strip.

You’ll also need:

  • a thin mixture of plaster of Paris in a pie plate or other open container, and
  • towels for clean-up.

Cover your work area with newspaper, and provide painters smocks or old T-shirts for children to wear.

Tell kids to:

  • Staple a cardboard strip into a “crown” and place it under your balloon to help it stand up. (Or use a masking roll tap.)
  • Dip a newspaper strip into the plaster of Paris mixture and then remove the excess mixture by running the strip between your index and middle fingers.
  • Lay your lightly coated strip onto your balloon and smooth down the strip so it lays flat on your balloon.
  • Repeat this process until your entire balloon is covered by two layers of strips. (Help the children achieve uniformity in covering the balloon for best results.)

Easter Egg Piñata

You may want to make a sample in advance to anticipate any difficulties.

You’ll need:

  • all necessary papier-mâché supplies;
  • a craft knife;
  • paint;
  • paint brushes;
  • individually wrapped candies;
  • string;
  • duct tape and
  • a 2×8-inch cardboard strip for each child.

Week 1

Tell kids to:

• Follow the “Papier-Mâché Fun” instructions.
• Allow the balloons to dry for one week.

Week 2

Tell kids to:

• Work with an adult to cut two small holes in the top of your balloon. Remove balloon fragments.

Week 3

Tell kids to:

• Put on a painter’s smock or old T-shirt.
• Paint the outside of your balloon shell, and allow the paint to dry.

Week 4

Tell kids to:

• Put the candy in your piñata.
• Tie a string through the opening in your piñata top. Duct tape around the opening.
• Take your piñata home and enjoy batting it until it breaks.

Terry Williams
Queensland, Australia

Looking for even more great ideas for Easter? Check out all our Easter posts.  For loads of great ideas in every issue, subscribe today to Children’s Ministry Magazine.


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