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How To Make Your Own Beautiful Confetti

Jana is a frugal DIY addict who is always testing fitness and work-from-home ideas as well as natural health tips for both humans and pets.


Homemade confetti is made with different materials and tools. Crafters can use special punching tools to make shapes like stars or animals. But you can also use your old paper puncher and scissors to create confetti.

Making confetti at home can be as simple or intricate as you want it to be. Here’s how to make old school confetti as well as creative ideas to help you with your own designs.

The Different Ways You Can Make Your Own Confetti

Store-bought confetti can get expensive. When your wedding party is big, this can add another unnecessary expense. Confetti is also used at events like birthday or bachelorette parties. Making your own is a fun pastime and it also adds a unique touch to your special day.

The different ways to make confetti include:

  • Using a paper puncher.
  • Using a design-specific punching tool.
  • Cutting fabric or paper into strips and shapes.
  • Using a shredder.
  • Using natural options like rice.

Making Confetti With A Paper Puncher

Most people have a paper puncher sitting around the house. With it, you can make traditional confetti (round white paper pieces) or twist tradition a little (use different colours and materials).

But before we start, let’s talk safety. As funny as it sounds, confetti-making can injure you. Enthusiastic punching might make you the best maid-of-honour but you will end up with repetitive strain injury. Keep your crafting sessions short or stop when you feel discomfort in your fingers, wrist, or hand.

Making the actual confetti is simple. Choose the material you want to work with. For traditional white confetti, use typing or printing paper. For something a little more colourful or fun, you can choose materials like coloured paper, tissue paper, gift wrapping rolls, and cellophane. Punch away!

Soap bubbles are another popular choice and provide a fun and magical way to replace traditional confetti.

Soap bubbles are another popular choice and provide a fun and magical way to replace traditional confetti.

Making Confetti With Special Punchers

These punchers are available at craft shops and sometimes even in the stationary section of your local store. Pattern-specific punchers make a single shape. Some popular examples include:

  • A type of animal like a dog or a cat.
  • Stars.
  • Hearts.
  • Wine glasses.
  • Balloons.

Are you throwing a bachelorette party? Hearts and wine glasses are perfect for the theme! Holding a birthday party for someone who loves their pets? You got it. Clip some cats or dogs.

The materials you can use are almost limitless. Make sure that you do not damage your puncher with thicker paper. Speaking of thick paper, here’s a related tip for beautiful confetti. Do not cut corners by folding a paper double to produce twice the amount in half the time. This tends to produce shapes that aren’t properly separated.

Making Confetti With Scissors

Punchers are the slowest ways to make confetti. If you are pushed for time or want to make different shapes, then a pair of scissors is your best friend. Here’s how you can make confetti with scissors.

  • Cut strips into the desired length.
  • Create snippets.
  • Create twirls.
  • Cut larger shapes like petals.

You can cut your material into strips, which are then cut into rectangles. When made from metallic-type paper, they are very popular at parties. Snippets are created when you take a page and start cutting at one corner. You are basically just snipping away which will make most of the confetti look like tiny triangles. Twirls are created by running these triangles tightly against the top blade of your scissors. A more time-consuming effort is to cut the paper into shapes (like petals) because you could not find a puncher for this design.

Twirls make unusual confetti and can also be used as table decorations.

Twirls make unusual confetti and can also be used as table decorations.

Making Confetti With A Shredder

This will give you plenty of confetti in no time. So if you need to make confetti for a mega-crowd, then this could be a good option. You can run different coloured papers through the shredder to stay with your event’s theme. But you still have to cut the long strings by hand to make the individual confetti. Just bunch a few strings together and snip to create a clump of rectangles.

Using Natural Materials As Confetti

A growing trend is to use materials that are environmentally friendly. Instead of throwing metallic confetti in a park that might choke pigeons for the next two months, people are choosing things that do not harm nature or animals. Another perk of natural confetti is that it’s usually “ready-made” and does not require a lot of effort to prepare besides packaging the confetti for each guest.

Natural stuff to throw include:

  • Biodegradable paper confetti.
  • Parboiled rice straight out of the bag.
  • Dried flower petals.
  • Bubbles.
  • Birdseed.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Jana Louise Smit


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 25, 2021:

I am glad that more people are using natural confetti when in public places like parks. Those swirls are unusual and pretty. Thanks for all the ideas.

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