Traditionally, Cascarones are hollowed out eggs that you crush over the head of a friend, showering them with confetti! We decided to take our giant Easter egg (from yesterday’s post), remove the floral garland, fringe it in festive spring colors, fill it with confetti and essentially turn it into a giant Cascarones PINATA!! Oh, and don’t worry, we didn’t throw away the beautiful floral garland- It came in super handy as a gorgeous centerpiece for our spring-themed party table!
Tools & Materials: 36” oval balloon, painter’s tape, newspaper, flour, water, bowl, white acrylic paint, paint brush, x-acto knife (or box cutter), gaffers tape, twine, scissors, tissue paper in green, pink, yellow, and orange, gold mylar sheets, ruler, hot glue gun, confetti.
Step 1: Lay out your tissue paper. While you’re waiting for your egg to dry in the next few steps, you can start cutting your fringe! Using an x-acto knife and ruler, cut the tissue paper and mylar to be 2” tall with each strip of fringe about 1 cm wide.
Step 2: Inflate your balloon.
Step 3: Tape down the knot of the balloon with painter’s tape.
Step 4: Paper mache balloon using a 1:1 mixture of flour and cold water. We recommend three or four layers. Allow 24 hours to dry between each layer.
Step 5: Give the egg a knock-knock! It should feel hard and give a nice, hollow sound. If it feels wet or gives a damp sound, let the egg dry some more. If it feels dry, but not hard, add more layers.
Step 6: Once the paper mache is dry and ready, paint the egg with a layer of white acrylic paint. Let dry 24 hours.
Step 7: Approximately ⅔ from the top of your egg, carefully cut a 4” square door with your x-acto knife. This is where you’ll load in all the goodies!
Step 8: With the egg still on its side, create a harness using twine and gaffers tape (gaffers tape is super strong, which will keep the twine from moving around). Leave 1 foot of loose twine at the top, and wrap twine around the perimeter of the egg — using gaffer’s tape to stick it in place. Leave a foot of loose twine at the end. Rotate the egg 90 degrees, and repeat. There should be an “X” shape from your twine and tape on the bottom of the egg.
Step 9: Knot the four strings of loose twine together on the top of the egg, as close to the egg as possible. Make another knot at the end of the loose strings. And knot the strings again in the middle.
Step 10: Place reinforcing strips of gaffers tape at the very bottom of the egg and at the top just below the knot. You’re ready for fringing!
Step 11: Starting from the bottom of the egg, apply fringe with hot glue in concentric circles. We alternated colors after 6 rings of each color.
Step 12: Fill the egg with LOTS of confetti (you can make your own from tissue, or buy some at our shop!)
Step 13: Hot glue the goodie door shut — and enjoy!
SHOP THIS POST: Mint bunting fan garland, birchwood plates, gold scallop party cups, gold straws, mini gold stripe party hats, metallic party horns, best confetti ever (pastels), Melamine cake stand (neon yellow)