It's Fourth of July week - one of our favorite holidays! As I've mentioned before, I really love the idea of being greeted with a burst of confetti when I walk into a room. Well if there was ever a holiday for exploding bursts of confetti, July 4th seems like a good one! The idea for this craft came from these push-pop confetti poppers, which are super adorable...but also seem a bit pricey for something that's going to end up inside your dustbuster.
Our poppers start with that ubiquitous home-good craft classic, the toilet paper roll. Decorate them as simply or elaborately as you like; these poppers come together in a flash. If you don't have sparkly confetti on hand, you can always use a hole punch on colorful paper or tissue - to beef up our confetti, we cut up little squares out of crepe paper garlands we had lying around.
What You'll Need:
- toilet paper rolls
- confetti (obviously)
- attractive tape, like the gold washi I used, fabric tape, or thin decorative duct tape
- scotch or double sided tape
- 1 balloon for every toilet paper roll
- 1 cupcake wrapper for every roll - I had some left from this kit, but wouldn't these be perfect?
- a teeny tiny dab of white glue
Get a printable version of our July 4th labels here.
Confetti Poppers How-To:
- Print and cut out the Fourth of July labels and tape one around each toilet paper roll - or decorate the rolls any way you like (glitter, markers, calligraphy, stickers, etc.)! It turns out not all toilet paper rolls are the same length - so I ended up cutting my labels much narrower than the length of the roll and taping it around the middle (rather than trying to line up the edge of the paper with the roll). You can see what I mean in the top left photo above.
- Tie a knot in a balloon, as if you had blown it up, then cut the balloon in half - at about the fattest part of the balloon. Stretch the tied balloon half onto the end of a toilet paper roll.
- Secure the balloon with a decorative piece of tape all around the roll.
- Fill your roll with confetti. Pack the confetti in a bit by pushing it down into the balloon end.
- This last part is optional. I thought leaving the rolls open-ended might result in pre-pop spills...so I wanted a lid of sorts. But a very closed lid stopped the confetti from popping properly later. So I opted for a cupcake wrapper, secured with the teeny tiniest dab of white glue in just one spot. A piece of tissue, but into about a 3" circle, would work instead of the baking cup.
See how tiny that dab of glue is? If you secure the lid too well, it will hold the confetti in at popping time.
Prop up your poppers for guests to grab, and party away!
- It helps to push the confetti down into the balloon end as you load it into the popper.
- You'll get the best projection if you fold the cupcake wrapper lid back before you pop.
- At popping time, hold the roll firmly in one hand, and really pull back hard on that balloon. Release it with a sudden snap, and let the confetti fly!
Happy crafting and Happy Fourth of July!! I'm starting the festivities early with a (confetti filled) rooftop BBQ tonight, how about you?
(all photos, jamie grill photography)