If you're the crafty kind of bride who loves a bit of DIY, this engagement ring pinata is the perfect project for your engagement party.
It makes a great decoration, but it's also a fun party game when you finally decide to start smashing. It's definitely a lot of work, especially for something you'll smash to pieces, but there's no denying it's a show stopper.
What You'll Need: Cardboard
Scissors or a craft knife
A hot glue gun
Double sided tape
Gold tissue paper
Yellow tissue paper
Silver tissue paper
Blue tissue paper
What to Do:
1. Start by designing the shape of your ring. It's best to go to something simple rather than a really elaborate shape. Make sure the ring part is thick enough compared to the diamond.
2. Draw out a 2D copy of your ring onto a piece of cardboard.
3. Cut it out, and then trace around your ring on another piece of cardboard so you have both sides of the ring.
4. To make a 3D shape you need to create a boarder around the ring. Start by measuring lengths of cardboard around 11-12cm wide. 8cm for the depth of your piņata, and 1.5-2cm either side to attach it all together.
5. Make 1.5-2cm cuts in the side of your cardboard lengths, depending on how thick you made them.
6. Using a hot glue gun, draw a strip of glue around one side of your engagement ring in the same length as your strip of cardboard. Bend the cut out bits of cardboard, and fasten them to the inside of the ring.
7. Attach the same strip of cardboard to the other side of your ring cutout, and then continue until you have finished with the bottom section.
8. Don't worry at this stage if it doesn't look perfect, once the fringing is attached you won't be able to see any slightly imperfect bits. Continue doing the same on the diamond part of the ring, leaving the top until last.
9. When you get to the top of the ring, leave one small section that is only glued to one side of the ring. This lets you fill your piņata with lollies.
10. Now you should have a 3D shape, it's time to start decorating. Start with sticking strips of double sided tape to the ring.
11. Cut strips from your cellophane and tissue paper around 2-3cm thick. The length should match the strips of double sided tape. You don't have to fringe your tissue paper, but it creates a good effect. Make cuts in your strips of tissue paper, leaving around 1cm to attach to the tape.
12. Peel back the tape, one strip at a time, and attach the fringing.
13. Alternate the three colours (gold colours for the band and silver colours for the diamond) to create a shaded effect.
14. Make sure all your fringing is facing downwards. For the top of the diamond and the inside of the band, you can just stick down plane cellophane rather than using fringed strips.
15. Now your piņata is ready to fill with lollies. For themed lollies try ring pops, love heart candies and heartbeats. Thread a cable tie through the top of your piņata, and use string to hang it up.
If you've got any questions about making your own piņata, ask us in the comments. We'd love to see pictures of your own piņata attempts!