As many of you know, last weekend Monsters University opened in theaters. We absolutely LOVED the first movie, Monsters Inc., and could not have been more excited to see the prequel. Of course after watching the movie my kids HAD to head to Walmart and check out all the cool items they offered Monsters University themed. While at the store I had a brilliant idea to make and pinata of none other than Mike Wazowski…and the kids were in heaven!
Is he not the cutest?!
Now I figured you too might have some movie fans and they would enjoy a monster craft such as this, just like mine did.
With that in mind, I’ve included a fun, easy tutorial for you and your little ones!
Here’s what you’ll need:
*large punch balloons
*green spray paint
*blue paint (not pictured)
*green crepe paper
* green card stock
These next items aren’t a necessity to the pinata, but they SURE make this Monsters craft time more fun!
Take your punch balloon and blow it up as big as it will go.
We chose green just to make things consistent, ha!
Make your paste mixture.
This is done by using 2 parts glue and 1 part water.
We ended up using 2 bottles of glue.
Mix together until well blended.
Next tear your newspaper up into strips.
You’ll probably want the strips about 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 in. wide.
Dip your strips into the glue mixture and run your fingers along the strip to push off excess paste.
Then apply strip to your balloon.
Repeat this process until the entire balloon is well covered.
Now it’s time to hang that baby outside to dry.
This will take a couple of hours.
So while we waited we grabbed ourselves a Monsters University Juicy Juice box.
The kids love them because they taste great, but I love them because they have fruit in them!
Once your balloon is dry it’s time to paint green.
Coat your balloon well so the newspaper is hidden.
**Next time we’ll use primer first, so we don’t have to do as many green coats.**
After the green dries, it’s time to paint the mouth and eye.
I cut out circle templates on paper to trace on the balloon to know where to paint.
While that dries glue or tape your crepe paper arms and legs to the balloon.
And there you have it!
Is he not the cutest little pinata ever?! (really he’s almost as big as some of our kids, ha!)
The kids had a blast playing with Mike the pinata, and asked to make another one again soon!
Maybe next time we will actually put candy in it, ha!
Who doesn’t love a good craft time?
And even more so, who doesn’t love a good snack during craft time! Have you tried Juicy Juice?!