A couple years back I fell in love with Jeff Koons’ mammoth metallic balloon dog at the Whitney. I’ve had it in my head ever since that I must have one of my own. This mylar balloon dog piñata may just be my fix! Hang one up in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day (coming up June 23rd)! Or for a very pampered pup’s birthday celebration. Who says you can’t throw your best friend a party?
If you’re like me and can’t bring yourself to break this one, make one as fun statement piece at your next gathering — it’s sure to get the conversation going!
Step 1: Inflate a 660Q balloon to 12” and knot. Repeat for a second matching piece. These will be the face and body of the balloon dog. Inflate a 660Q balloon to 8” for the neck, and a 6” long segment toward the tip of another 660Q balloon, leaving a 2” nub un-inflated for the tail.
Step 2: Inflate a 660Q balloon to near full length and leave it unknotted. Let out some air so the balloon has less tension. Have another person help you with this next step: cinch the middle of the balloon and twist. Bend the balloon so the tail and tip meet and tie together in a knot. The length should be 12”. Repeat for a total of 3 pieces. These will be used for the ears and legs.
Step 3: Paper mache all the balloons segments. We used a 1:2 mixture of flour and water. Paper mache at least three layers, allowing each layer to dry completely.
Step 4: Carefully cut the balloon tails off, deflating the balloons and leaving a paper mache shell. Spray paint each paper mache segment white.
Step 5: Cut a square door into the body of the balloon dog with an x-acto knife. This is where you’ll fill the pinata with treats.
Step 6: Assemble the balloon dog with hot glue, using a photo for reference. Be sure to glue all around the contact points of the pinata for a complete seal. Paper mache around the new joints and let it dry completely.
Step 7: Make a harness for the pinata with twine. Gather all of the strands at the top of the pinata and make a loop to hang it from later.
Step 8: Fringe the balloon dog, starting with the legs and working your way up with pink mylar. Our fringe was roughly 2″ tall and 1 cm wide.
Step 9: Fill your pinata with goodies then hot glue the goodie door shut. You’re all set!
Photography and styling by Sarah Price Olsen
Crafting by Justine Pon