The benefit to the camp is that while I'm usually stuck with craft projects that can be finished in an hour, with a camp I could expand the possibilities to include more complex projects.
Enter: the piñatas.
Over three days, we papier-mache-d to our hearts' content and then decorated the results.
Here's a quick breakdown:
Monday: blow up the balloons and put on the first layer of papier mache.
Tuesday: add cones and cups with tape then add another layer of papier mache.
Wednesday: paint and decorate.
For the record, the piñatas were awesome.
Also for the record: it's sooooo much messier than you can possibly imagine. God help you if you have carpet.
One more thing for the record: the kids LOVED it.
Here are some of the photos I managed to take (when I wasn't in the kitchen mixing up flour and water):
|Adding party hats and cups to the piñatas.|
|Some kids had a very specific idea of what they were making (the one on the right will become a pig) while others just enjoyed adding points and cups to the basic round shape.|
|More layers of papier mache.|
|Painting! I also put out a box of fringed tissue paper for a more traditional look.|
|Drying. I have a large number of foam squares and I put them all down on the carpet in a corner of the room. |
The piñatas dried there every night.
Would I do it again? Yes, absolutely. Will I make sure to do it right before we are scheduled to have our carpet cleaned. Even more emphatically: yes.