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How to make a gender reveal pinata that is sure to be a hit

As you may know, many celebratory occasions arise when you have a little one on the way. First you have the initial announcement, and then the gender reveal. Getting to know the gender of your baby is another joyous moment where you can share the exciting news in a creative manner — like incorporating a gender reveal pinata. Sharing the news with your family, friends, and well-wishers in this way is an experience no one will never forget. Plus, if you already have kids who are anticipating becoming older siblings, a pinata is a great way to include them in on the fun. So, take a look at the steps for making a gender reveal pinata and how to incorporate this unique idea into your celebration safely.

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How do you make a homemade gender reveal pinata?

If you’ve scrolled through social media posts, you might’ve seen many gender reveal ideas. While deciding which one is best for you and your growing family can be difficult. However, if you’re feeling creative, you can make a gender reveal pinata from the scratch. Just follow these easy steps to make your own paper mache pinata .

  • Cut newspaper in strips and blow up a balloon.
  • Mix water and flour to make a thick paste.
  • Place a paper strip into the paste, scraping off the excess. Place it onto the balloon.
  • Repeat the previous step until you have three to four layers covering the balloon. Also, you’ll need to leave an opening for the filler.
  • Once the balloon is covered completely, you’ll need to let it dry for 24 hours. Then, you’ll pop the balloon and decorate the outside.

You’ll need to remember to keep the outer part either gender-neutral, or you can use a pink and blue combination.

How can I surprise my kids with gender reveal?

A gender reveal pinata would be a hit with your kids especially if you fill it with balloons or confetti. Once you’ve finished making the pinata, you can hang it from a high ceiling or tree.

When it is time to reveal your baby’s gender, you can allow your kids to pull the string or swing the stick to hit it and watch as the pink or blue balloons fall out, revealing the big news. And remember not to tell your children the baby’s gender ahead of time so that they’ll be surprised as well.

How do you make a gender reveal light box?

Another type of gender reveal pinata is a lightbox in which you hide pink or blue helium balloons. To reveal your baby’s gender, you open the box and watch as the pink or blue balloons float out. It is very simple to make a DIY gender reveal light box. You only need a few supplies and about an hour to put something memorable together in these four steps.

Make a design for your gender reveal light box. A plain light box with a simple design or lettering would do the trick. Next collect your materials:

  • one extra-large cardboard box (30′′ size)
  • wrapping paper in diverse colors
  • balloons inflated with helium
  • packing tape
  • glue

Then, assemble your box and secure the bottom with packing tape. Once the bottom is secure, using your chosen paper or paint, cover the box completely. For example, you can wrap it like a present if you are covering it with paper. However, if you prefer to leave the box plain, you can without any type of extra coverage.

Now you can decorate your box in any way you want. Make use of super cute and easy-to-use stickers. Designs or words should be printed on a piece of paper. Keep it simple with pink and blue dots or hearts.

Can you fill a gender reveal pinata with powder?

You can fill a paper mache or a pull-string pinata with powder, but you’ll need to take some extra caution. If your children are pulling the strings, you might use as small of a quantity as possible while still maintaining visibility. Powder can get in their eyes, or they can accidentally inhale it which can cause irritation. Also, you might check the weather forecast to see if high winds are on the horizon. Otherwise, powder can be doable.

The gender reveal pinata will prove to be a hit with your family and your guests. Either option, the light box or the paper mache, takes very little time to create. Another advantage to these projects is you can forego the candy and replace that with balloons or confetti which makes filling the pinata easier. Of course, half the fun will be enjoying the memory on video with your kids.

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