How to Make a Papier Mache Piñata Shaped Like a Tick

How to Make a Papier Mache Piñata Shaped Like a Tick

Introduction

Making a papier mache piñata in the shape of a tick can be a fun and creative craft project. Ticks may seem like an unusual choice, but shaping a piñata like this pest can make for a satisfying party activity, especially if you want to take out some aggression on the nasty little creatures!

In this article, I’ll walk you through the full process of crafting a tick piñata out of papier mache. We’ll cover:

Supplies Needed

Tick Piñata Design and Structure

Creating the Papier Mache Shape

Decorating Your Tick Piñata

Filling and Hanging Your Piñata

Breaking Open Your Creation

Follow along below for in-depth instructions and tips to make your own unique papier mache tick piñata masterpiece!

Supplies Needed

To make a papier mache tick piñata, you’ll need:

  • Cardboard – For the tick’s body structure
  • Newspaper – To shred for the papier mache
  • Flour – To mix into papier mache paste
  • Water – To mix flour paste
  • Balloon – To form the tick’s body
  • Tape – For construction
  • Scissors – For cutting cardboard and paper
  • Wire – For tick legs and hanging
  • Acrylic paint – For decorating
  • Paintbrushes – For applying paint
  • Candy and toys – For filling the piñata

Making sure you have all these craft supplies on hand will make constructing your papier mache tick piñata much easier. Feel free to get creative with additional decorative items too!

Tick Piñata Design and Structure

When designing your papier mache tick, it’s important to create a solid structure before applying the papier mache outer shell. Here are the steps to make the inner structure:

Form the Body

  • Blow up a balloon to the size you want for your tick’s body.
  • Cut cardboard into inch-wide strips.
  • Dip the strips into flour paste and apply them around the balloon, overlapping slightly. Use 3-4 layers of cardboard strips.
  • Allow to dry completely, then pop the balloon. This will leave a hollow papier mache form for the tick’s body.

Add Tick Legs

  • Cut wire into 8 segments of equal length for the tick legs. Bend into leg shapes.
  • Attach the wire legs to the underside of the body using strong tape. Make sure they are secure.
  • Bend the last pair of legs up to form antennae.

Create a Head and Mouth

  • Cut a small piece of cardboard for the tick’s flat head and tape to the body.
  • Cut an opening for the mouth beneath the head.

With this papier mache inner structure made, your tick will be ready for its outer shell!

Creating the Papier Mache Shape

Once you have constructed the basic inner frame, it’s time to add the papier mache outer shell:

  • Shred sheets of newspaper into thin strips.
  • Prepare papier mache paste by mixing equal parts white flour and water in a bowl.
  • Dip newspaper strips into the paste until fully coated.
  • Apply the strips over the cardboard structure, starting with the body. Make sure to cover completely and overlap strips.
  • Use 2-3 layers of papier mache strips for a durable shell.
  • Work in small sections and allow to fully dry between layers.
  • Papier mache over the head, legs and antennae too.
  • Smooth out the shell with your fingers as you go for a natural tick shape.
  • Allow the entire papier mache tick to dry fully before decorating, about 24 hours.

Your lifelike tick piñata should now have its complete outer shell!

Decorating Your Tick Piñata

Once the papier mache tick is solid, it’s time for the fun part – decorating! Feel free to get creative with paint, glitter, embellishments and more. Some ideas:

  • Paint the body black using acrylic paint for a realistic tick color.
  • Add googly eyes to the head for personality.
  • Paint or glue patterns onto the back, like white dots, stripes, or glitter.
  • Use puffy paint to give the tick texture.
  • Attach extra wire bent into shapes for hairs or claws.
  • Glue on fake gemstones for sparkle.
  • Outline sections in metallic paint for contrast.

Customize your tick with your own unique decorative touches until you feel it’s complete. Let dry fully before the filling step.

Filling and Hanging Your Piñata

Once your papier mache masterpiece is ready, it’s time to fill it and get it hung up for the party!

  • Cut a small opening at the bottom to fill the interior.
  • Place strips of curled crepe paper inside first.
  • Fill the tick with candy, toys and other fun items.
  • Tape the opening closed tightly.
  • Attach ribbons to the top as hanging loops.
  • Hang securely from a tree branch or beam with string or fishing line.
  • Make sure it hangs at a height for kids to reach to hit with a bat.
  • Surround the dangling tick piñata with kids wearing blindfolds and give them soft bats or sticks.

Your papier mache tick is now ready for the best part – smashing open!

Breaking Open Your Creation

When it’s piñata time, let the fun begin!

  • Have the children take turns being blindfolded and spun around.
  • Gently guide them toward the hanging piñata.
  • Let them swing away, trying to break open the papier mache shell.
  • Once cracked, let everyone dive in for the candy, toys and prizes inside as the tick spills open.
  • Scramble for the treats as they fall out.

Destroying the papier mache tick you worked so hard to create ends up being incredibly fun and rewarding! Then you can gather the paper debris and start designing your next piñata.

Making a papier mache tick piñata is an enjoyable craft that also lets kids take out their aggression on these pests. Follow the steps in this guide for a fun party activity or home project. Get creative decorating your tick structure however you’d like. Then smash away once it’s filled for a memorable party experience!