DIY Confetti Popper

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Just like glitter, confetti is always a good thing, and it’s always the right time for it…just saying.

So I scoured the Internet looking for a good DIY Confetti Popper and I came to the site of Parties for Pennies. The tutorial looked easy, the video made me tell myself I could do this… and so I did, and then I had to make some changes. But in the end, my cupkeiki and I loved loved loved every test pop we did, until clean up around say the fifth time and then we were kind of wishing we had a robot or magical unicorn powers to make the mess clean itself up!

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What our brains look like on craft. We are addicted to it.

So here’s what we used:
1 Toilet paper roll (hooray for recycling!)
A bunch of hand made confetti
Pretty paper, cut to fit around the paper roll
Glue (craft and hot)
Scissors
A lid from a Life Water or Gatorade bottle (thats what I had and what fit inside the paper roll
A bamboo skewer (but something g thicker and stronger would have been better)
Tissue paper (we ditched this in the end)
Patience (harder for kids than adults…sort of)

What we did:
Cut our fancy paper to the size and length of the paper roll, meaning it wrapped around  nicely and glued it in place

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Then we glued the skewer onto the lid with hot glue, like in the picture below

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Then we added some tissue paper to one end of the tube

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Buuuutttt it didn’t pop right, so I wound up cutting it away and leaving the end open.

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But it looked cute!

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Next up was adding the confetti, the best part in our book!!

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So we put the confetti into the tube, placed the pusher in and….and…nothing happened when we pushed.

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At one point I added a second ring of toilet paper roll around the lid, but we couldn’t push up, so off it went…

Finally, I decided to cut the tissue paper off the top, add a ring of hot glue around the bottom of the tube, load the pusher from the top, then the confetti and try again…and..and…it worked!!! It’s not perfect but it gets the job done! I suggest checking out Parties for Pennies post: http://http://partiesforpennies.com/2013/07/confetti-popper/

Party time!!

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Paper Proteas (Cut File Link Included)

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I like to decorate in the fall. It’s a way to make the drab, cooler days a little brighter. When you make something fun or interesting that people can enjoy, it feels good.

I put together, using the Cricut Design Space, these Protea-esque paper flowers. Putting these together in the design space took a little work, but basically it goes like this:
1. Start with a circle
2. Using the square shape, unlock it and turn it into a skinny rectangle.
3. Duplicate the shape of your rectangle, and place it all around the circle, like a giant sun. I made 37 rectangles total.
4. Select your sun looking shape, attach it and then weld it.
5. Once attached, duplicate it so you have three to four shapes. Decide on the size, and cut them out.
6. If you’re good with a pair of scissors, use them to curl up the rectangles, to give them the petal shape. Of you’re like me, use your finger tips and nails to curl them upward, making a round shape. I also bent the rectangles at their bases to have them fold inward more in the center. Glue, using hot or craft glue, the pieces together and voila, you have some Protea-esque flowers.
I glued my flowers to a branch painted white, with gold glitter spray paint as an accent. Later I added mini pumpkins and acorns painted gold.

Here’s how it looks, once everything is attached, welded and duplicated:

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And here is how they look assembled:

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This is a really fun project, that really adds something special to the area in which you place them. I’m thinking of making more and adding them to a wreath, with more golden acorns.

Below is a link for Cricut Design Space, to the cut path for just the flowers (the leaves I did separately and are meant to go with the acorns):

https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/31499543