Turns out my (what I thought was an original) idea of doing a Death Star pinata and hitting with a light saber was absolutely unoriginal!!! I must have seen hundreds of google images of people doing this before me. Some impressive, some, well, not so much. Come on people, you cannot use a regular old balloon, which is oblong, to represent an object which is clearly a sphere!
Anyway, here was how we made Timmy's Death Star pinata. A super fun, incredibly messy, major hit of his party, project!
- Newspaper strips...mine were about 1.5 inches wide. And in total I think I used about a full Seattle Times daily paper
- Paper Mache glue
- Beach ball...I bought one for $3 with an 18" diameter
- Paint/decor, etc.
- Candy to fill
- Small rope for hanging
Day 1: my first batch of newspaper goes on. Timmy helped quite a bit with this first layer so let's just say the strips weren't all lined up and pretty like they were with the next layers.
Make sure you let each layer dry completely prior to beginning the next one. If not, you risk mold. Yuck. In total, I did 5 layers because I was so scared these kids were going to whack it to pieces in the first couple hits. I left small area at the opening of the beach ball so I could deflate it a little bit before pulling it out.
Jim traced a circle where we knew the laser needed to be, cut the paper mache with a razor blade, and very slowly pulled out the beach ball, deflating it as I went.
Nice, pretty insides of the Death Star!
Jim begins the decor, not my area of expertise. Plotting out grid lines with a pencil...
This is the support we made to actually hold up the pinata. 3 increasingly larger pieces of fairly thick cardboard, further supported by a pen, with the string (which truly was more like thin, super strong rope we had) to hang it. Totally necessary considering the pinata, when fully stuffed with candy, weighed about 10 pounds.
Invert the circular piece cut to make the laser shield and tape it back onto the pinata. Then I did a quick 2 layers of mache to hide the tape. We also made 3 holes for where the actual laser beams were going to go. Lastly, paper mache around the small hole at the top where the string/rope is.
My sister Lindsay, painting darker grey squares on the Death Star. This was definitely a family project...
I could not have been happier with how this pinata turned out. Timmy's buddies had so much fun whacking it down with the light saber too. (Just the handle from a broom that Jim spray painted neon yellow and put black electrical tape at the bottom). We had about 16 kids there in total and each got about 5 hits before it finally split open. I know you can buy Death Star pinatas online but isn't it more fun to make something at home with your kids? Timmy had a blast...a messy, messy, blast...helping us make this!