comfort & joy | Home & Away

Happy September (deemed “apple month” by my sister)! Many students and teachers are returning back to school after the Labor Day holiday if they haven’t already: bless ’em all. And though I didn’t make this folksy apple piñata for back-to-school, I like the idea of having something stress relieving to smash (that explodes with candy) after saying goodbye to summer vacation and hello to classroom assignments. Rather, a few special milestones in my family have passed: my parents both retired from public school teaching this summer, and they also celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last week. It called for a celebration (involving peaches and apples…), and we are looking forward to a festive cookout with our family this weekend! The piñata was made by covering a punching balloon using a basic papier-mâché method of dipping newspaper strips in a paste mix made of warm water, rice flour, and liquid glue. Once everything dried, the vessel was filled with little sweets, sealed up, and spray painted red.



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  1. margaret #
    September 2, 2012

    best apple for the teacher there ever was

  2. Amy #
    September 3, 2012

    nice swing!

  3. September 3, 2012

    Piñata!!!! I’m going to make one of these whenever I become a teacher. So awesome!

  4. Margaret #
    September 3, 2012

    best at bat I ever had

  5. September 4, 2012

    I love this idea! I’m totally going to make one.. any excuse for a party, thanks for posting. xx

    • Amy #
      September 4, 2012

      yes! and you can paint the big pinata ball any color you want!

  6. September 6, 2012

    Sooooo beautiful! You’ ve always great ideas!

  7. Deena #
    November 12, 2013

    How did you put the candy in – I don’t see a hole.

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