There’s something about confetti that makes everything so exciting. As soon as one sees confetti falling down from the ceiling, or being thrown around the room, a person can get so engrossed in the surrounding scene. Confetti is great for many occasions. Throw it at a new bride and groom, mix it with goodies when filling a homemade pinata, or use it to celebrate the election of a particular political figure.
One of the best things about making stuff yourself is that you have all the choices. Shapes, sizes and materials used are all up to you. The same is true when making your own confetti. Instead of settling for what they have at a party store – and paying those ridiculous prices – you can have confetti in the shapes, sizes and material types that you choose.
An ordinary hole punch makes it easy to create confetti from foil or paper. Just position the paper in the punch and punch out a circle; reposition the paper and do it again, and again. It’s easiest to punch the holes over a large piece of paper, fold it in half when you’re finished making confetti, then let the paper pieces slide down the fold as you pour them into the container you want.
Holes punches aren’t only round anymore. Craft stores feature paper punches that create shapes like stars, half-moons, squares, diamonds and other shapes. In fact, you can even purchase paper punches now that allow you to instantly make unusual shapes like dogs, cats, fish and other creatures.
When making confetti you can create a bagful of all paper shapes, all foil shapes, or a combination of the two. Although paper is generally cheaper foil gives that glittery touch that captures the light.
If you don’t have any paper punches, but you still want to make confetti, use scissors to create it yourself. Simply cut long, very thin strips of paper or foil then cut those strips into tiny squares. Although you can make other shapes the squares are easiest when you’re using scissors. Fill up bags of the finished confetti and use them when the occasion calls for it. You know you’ll become addicted to making it but at least you’ll have plenty to share!