Ok, I’ve done it — I’ve figured out some magical confetti poppers for you guys that actually shoot confetti out all sorts of crazy-happy-like, AND you can even reuse them if you want to. Hot diggity dog!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think the store-bought confetti poppers I find in the typical big-chain party stores are kind of…lame. I mean, they are supposed to be shooting out confetti for goodness sake, so why the heck do they look so boring? (And don’t even get me started on how they are really streamers inside, not exactly the colorful little bits of happy I’m looking for…)
But fret not my pets: the good news is they are really easy to customize, and I’m going to walk you through it. (Psstt…I also made a handy video at the end of this here post that will hopefully give you a better visual of how to do it. It’s just to show the basic steps, but of course I expect more embellishing to happen when you make yours!)
1. You’re going to start with a standard spring-loaded party popper, which you can find at most party stores or here on Amazon. (<<—affiliate link alert! 😉)
*Note: I like using the poppers that are 1.5″ in diameter. You might see some of the larger tubes and be tempted to try those, but make sure you read the label to see if it is air-compressed. The good news is you can still open the top to add #TheConfettiBar magic inside instead of the streamers to those, but they are one-time-use since they are not spring-loaded. Not going to lie, these ones kind of scare me, so I stick to the cute little guys. 😅
2. Remove the label / cardboard topper from the tube and empty the “confetti” (i.e. streamers.)
3. Now, as you’ll see in my video, if you don’t mind a black “twisty part” (technical term) of the popper, you can skip right to hot gluing a piece of colored paper to the tube. But if you want to jazz it up with more color, you can coat the tube in some white spray paint primer, then spray paint with any color you’d like. Then you can embellish further with colored paper and/or stickers.
4. Fill up the top of the tube with your #TheConfettiBar confetti magic, cover back up, and ta-da! A MUCH prettier and happier confetti popper!
*In terms of how much confetti fits in a popper, I found I could easily fill about 10 poppers per cup of confetti. (About a TBSP is perfect, and there are approx. 10 TBSP per cup of #TheConfettiBar confetti.) Small shapes will fit nicely as well, but some larger custom confetti pieces might not fit depending on the size. Just something to keep in mind.
I personally like the look of spray painting the tube, but still covering with jazzy card stock / glitter paper. (**It’s also important to note that because of the plastic nature of the tube, the spray paint can chip off fairly easily if you’re not careful! Might want to try a sealer coat if you plan to reuse these lots and lots.)
Decorating is my favorite part! Washi tape, stickers, and jewels are all fair game! You can get super custom for various events by using sticker letters, or even going old school and doodling with some markers.
To keep your confetti goodness contained until you’re ready to let it fly, I found a couple of options work nicely:
- You can use a 1.5″ circle punch to create a disc to cover the top that is secured by a piece of thin washi, or
- You can use iridescent mylar / tissue paper and some removable adhesive. (Cut a small square of material and use the removable adhesive tape around each of the four edges. Place over the top of the tube, smoothing & securing the edges down the side of the tube)
The key with any method you choose to close these is that you want it secure enough to keep the confetti in, but flexible enough that when you release the spring it can break through to send your confetti flying!
If you plan to use one for a gender reveal, you’ll definitely want to use a paper circle or opaque tissue paper so you can’t see what color confetti is inside!
There are so many options for matching a particular event’s style or theme, and these would be great for corporate / business branding events & celebrations, too!
And of course these would be fabulous for weddings, bachelorette parties, and/or bridal parties! Our Cheers! mix makes a great choice for a classic color combo since it’s black & white with gold champagne glasses.
For a colorful mix, Unicorn Party is always a popular choice!
And of course custom colored confetti is the best way to get exactly what you’re looking for!
But any way you slice it — no matter what colors or embellishments you choose — I think it’s safe to say these will definitely take your celebrations to the next level of happy and fun!
Just remember that to release the confetti, you want to grip the middle of the tube in your left hand, and use your right hand to twist the bottom “twisty part” (yes, again that’s the technical term) counter-clockwise.
Now I will be the first to admit that when I got these to try out, I was terrified of setting them off. I’m not generally a fan of things popping (i.e. balloons), but I knew I needed to take one for the team. Turns out these little 1.5″ poppers are nowhere near as scary as I thought they would be, but please exercise caution when using them as the spring mechanism can still be pretty intense.
For a better look at how to hack these poppers, as promised here is the video I made ya. (Yes, all recorded and edited on my iPhone on a Sunday afternoon, so please don’t judge the quality too harshly. 🙈)