DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

First and foremost, let’s all celebrate the fact that I finally learned how to get the tilde over the n in piñata. It’s the little things, guys.

And now, on to the main event! Mr. Lovely calls this project “Cinco de Diamonds.” I thought that was pretty funny, but since you can use these rad little guys way past Cinco de Mayo, I’m just calling them gem piñatas. I put them up by my desk to take some photos for this post and I’m having a hard time taking them down! So my desk is now blinged out with piñatas until further notice. Let’s make some.

  • white cardstock (or thin cardboard i.e. a cereal box, if you want to fill them with candy)
  • computer & printer
  • scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • glue stick
  • tissue paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • twine

Print out this download and cut along the solid lines. Then, make creases along all of the dotted lines. (Note: If you want to fill your piñatas with candy, you’ll need to trace the template onto the cardboard. Use a ruler and pencil to draw in the dotted lines and crease along them.)

DIY Gem Piñatas

Using small pieces of tape, join the two edges of the bottom of the gem.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Tape the small pieces at the top of the gem together.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Tape the top of the gem down on all sides. If you want candy in your piñata, here’s where you should fill ‘er up. Also, if you’d like to hang your piñatas seamlessly (that is, without taping the twine to the top like I did) follow the step below that outlines covering the top of the gem with tissue paper. Then, punch a small hole in the top, string the twine through, and knot it firmly on the inside. Then tape down the top of the gem.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Cut out the extra heptagon (woah, fancy algebra word) and trace it onto a piece of tissue paper. Cut it out and use the glue stick to adhere it to the top of the gem.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Cut strips of tissue approximately 3/4″ wide, and fringe it.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Working on one facet of the gem and starting at the bottom, glue on strips of fringe unti you’ve reached the top. Trim the edges so that they’re clean.

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

Repeat this process on all 7 sides.

DIY Gem Piñatas

Trim any excess fringe and use ‘em to decorate your fiesta! I think they’d be pretty cool as a Cinco de Mayo dinner place setting, or as a party favor if they’re filled with treats. But for now, I’m kind of loving them hanging up with a little washi tape and baker’s twine. Have fun! xoxo

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas

DIY Gem Piñatas
DIY Gem Piñatas DIY Gem Piñatas


20 comments

  1. amy c on said:

    These are great! I like their unique shape. And your photos are fab as always.

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks doll! It took me and the Mr. quite a while to figure out the template for folding those little buggers. But it was well worth it in the end! xo

  2. Brittni on said:

    Holy crap. These are amazing Chelsea. I love ‘em.

  3. elaine costa on said:

    ¡¡Qué piñatas tan lindas!! ¡Qué buena idea!

  4. Milynn on said:

    Very cute DIY! I love the colors you chose as well ;)

  5. Kory on said:

    These are so cool, Chelsea! Such a great idea!

  6. Donna on said:

    Love these! I’m thinking of making some as a favors for our bridal party dinner!

    • chelsea on said:

      Definitely! Send photos if you do!

  7. shoko on said:

    oh my goodness, i love! this is one of my favorites to date!

  8. jet on said:

    aaaw these are soooo cute, well done, they are soooo adorable and lovely. I think i will give it a try.
    thank you for the great tute and the sharing, have a fun weekend;-D

  9. anamiau on said:

    hermosas piniatas!

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