How to Make Confetti

Make any occasion more festive with your own homemade confetti.

You will need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • a hole puncher
  • or a paper shredder
  • Anti-static spray
  • Flower petals
  • Silica gel crystals
  • Small glassine bags
  • Double-stick tape
  • Noisemakers
  • Balloons
  • A large fan
  • A lint roller
  • A confetti cannon
  • a blower
  • or a swirl fan

Step 1 Gather paper Gather paper that can be shredded—old newspapers and magazines, discarded copier paper, used gift wrapping, or colored construction paper.

Step 2 Cut them Turn paper into confetti with scissors, a hole puncher, or a paper shredder. Craft-supply stores offer decorative hole punchers that create stars, sequins, hearts, and other designs.

Step 3 Make them cling-free Scoop up the confetti, put it in a paper bag, and mist it with anti-static spray. Close the bag, shake it up for a minute, then open the top to let the confetti air-dry. This will prevent the confetti from clinging to your guests’ hair and clothes.

Step 4 Make flower confetti Try making flower confetti: Sprinkle a layer of silica gel crystals onto the bottom of an ovenproof dish, cover with flower petals, and then alternate more layers of silica and petals. Heat in a 200-degree oven for about 30 minutes, and then let cool before gently shaking off any silica residue.

Step 5 Bag it Make individual party bags for New Year’s Eve guests by pouring confetti into small glassine bags, sealing, and taping a noisemaker to the top of each.

Step 6 Stuff balloons Stuff some confetti into balloons that guests can pop. Just funnel in the confetti before blowing them up.

Step 7 Spray your guests Spray confetti over party guests by turning on a large fan and slowly pouring confetti in front of it.

Step 8 Clean up After vacuuming your floors, pick up any stubborn confetti with a lint roller.