Help I’m making the Ghostbuster slimer for my sons birthday

Im using a balloon, suggestions for arms, and fingers, and sculpting his face….. I’m stuck and not an artist!!

Answer from Piñata Boy

The good news is that the parts you’re asking about are all non-target areas of the piñata, and that means you can make them out of almost anything you want, and you don’t have to worry about the kids having to break it.

For example, if you wanted to do it the hard way, you could make Slimer’s arms out of long balloons (the kind used for making balloon animals), wrap them in newspaper and papier mâché, and make them just like the rest of the piñata.  Or you could simply fashion something out of empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls held together with masking tape.  You can crunch one end down to a smaller diameter to be the wrist end, and hide the crunches by wrapping the paper towel tube in masking tape.  Then it’s ready to decorate, and you don’t even need to use papier mâché at all.  (However, it is still a good idea to use papier mâché to attach the arms to the body — masking tape alone is not a reliable way to hold the arms on.) 

The hands can be cut out of cardboard and decorated over.  You can try to recreate the curves of the face by covering some small balloons in papier mâché and then once they’ve dried cutting out pieces and attaching these to the piñata.  Or because Slimer is already such an easily recognizable figure, you can simply add eyes and a mouth to the piñata and not worry about the details of the facial structure. The key is to not make this harder than it has to be — look around you, see what kinds of materials you have available, and try them out.

Good luck!

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