Okay, here goes another attempt at making pinatas.
My kids know me as the master of making tough pinatas. My first attempt was a colossal fail. I had paper mached so many layers that the pig (aka rock) was literally unbreakable. I was able to stand on that thing and when I tried to hit it with the stick, the ricochet almost made me drop the stick.
For church during VBS, I’ve finally settled on 1 paper bag for the little guys, 2 paper bags for early elementary kids, and 3 paper bags for the late elementary kids (BTW, no paper mache paste between the layers of bags, tried it once and it was too hard for the kids). Of course decorated on the outside with crep paper. (A search for paper bag pinata should give you lots of ideas).
But this time we are talking about kids (including teens) from Tae Kwon Do. Last time the store bought one was ripped open on the first kick by an 8 year old.
In the past, I’ve used Costco cardboard milk carton and just filled it with candy and it lasted through quite some beating. This time, I decided to be more creative and opened the top and bottom of 2 milk boxes, rounded them into cylindrical tubes, glued two together (top and bottom), and glued a piece of cardboard circle to the bottom of the whole thing. And to make sure that everything stays strong, I actually used some wood glue that I have sitting around (okay it’s the same paranoia that led me to make that fateful unbreakable pig on my first pinata attempt). I spray glued black wrapping paper to the outside of the tube and sectioned off the inside with poster board circles so there are layers of candies. So we’ll have a serious heavy duty “heavy bag” pinata for the party. Hopefully it’ll be one that everyone can enjoy for a period of time. But no, it’s not crazy hard like my first pinata which would probably break someone’s foot.