The 4th of July is such a fun holiday. It is a great time for family and friends to get together and just hang out. It’s usually a day for lots of good food, but everyone knows that the 4th would not be complete without fireworks! My husband prefers to let the professionals handle the firework displays, but the kids always want to get in on the fun. Confetti party poppers are the perfect way to give the kids what they want, while keeping them safe at the same time! I filled mine with lots of little bits of paper to rain down on the kids and a little bit of candy also for their sweet tooth. Now the question is who gets to clean up all those tiny paper bits??
Jen from Girl Boy Girl Designs recently released a great new kit called Independence that I used for the party poppers. There are some really cute paper designs that I thought were perfect for my poppers!
You will also need empty toilet paper tubes for the poppers. I always have plenty of those around the house as my kids seem to go through lots of toilet paper! Cut the toilet paper tubes in half lengthwise.
To start decorating the poppers, I used a different type of paper for each half of the tubes. I printed the papers on cardstock, but I probably should have printed them on regular paper to make it easier for the poppers to be pulled apart. To fit each half of my toilet paper tube, I cut the paper 4 1/4 by 2 1/8 and used double sided tape to adhere it to the tubes. Be careful not to use too much tape! If you use too much the poppers will be hard to pull apart, but if you use too little they might fall apart before the kids are ready for the fun! You may need to adjust the size of the paper you cut to fit your toilet paper tube.
After I got both pieces of paper adhered to the tube and got it put back together, I used a strip of decorative patterned paper in the middle to hide the seam and pretty it up!
For my first party popper, I wanted it to look like a rocket. So, I traced the bottom of the tube onto some patterned paper, cut it out and used liquid glue to adhere it to the bottom of the rocket.
You will need something to grab onto to pull the popper apart. I used a strip of patterned paper from Jen’s kit that is actually meant to be used a border and adhered it to each side of the rocket to create a ‘handle’ at one end of the rocket.
To make the cone of the rocket you need to cut a circle about 3 1/4″ wide across. Then you will cut a slit up to the center of the circle. Take the edges of the circle and pull them together which will create the cone. You can make it as tight as you want, the tighter you make it, the smaller it will be.
Here is Party Popper #1, all finished!
For my second popper, I wanted to make some larger handles that would make it easier to pull the popper apart. So, I cut the patterned paper pieces a bit larger than the toilet tubes. After adhering the paper to the tubes, I twisted the ends and secured them with small rubber bands.
The fun stuff! The confetti I put inside is just cut up scraps left over from the digital papers I printed out to cover the toilet paper tubes. Great use for all those tiny bits that usually end up in the trash can anyway!
And to the 2nd party popper, I added a strip of patterned paper around the middle and then some ribbon and fiber to the ends.
My kids cannot wait to pop these, I probably should have made an extra few for them to get started early!
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