Handmade Confetti

My sweet boy Jacks, is graduating Kindergarten this week. Insert proud momma moment here. As a parting, celebratory summer gift to his friends, he will be handing out these confetti packets. They are so fun! My kids have been having a blast tossing and re-tossing this handmade confetti. It’s a total cinch to make!

handmade confetti

I try to give non-food school treats as much as possible. These days, there are so many allergies and sensitivities. I don’t want any of the kids to be left out, so I’m sending Jacks to school with these. This is a great project to get your kids involved in and also a cool way to experiment with color mixing.

A few months ago, I had set up some watercolors for the kids. I also gave them some paper towels for blotting paintbrushes. When I was cleaning up the mess, I noticed how cool the paper towels looked with all the watercolors blotted it on there. Naturally, I thought…this would make really cool handmade confetti! Ha…not really, but I eventually came to that idea after some experimenting.

Supplies I used:

  • plain white napkins {no design}
  • liquid water colors {one of my very favorite craft items!}
  • eye dropper
  • scissors
  • parchment paper
  • sewing machine
  • freebie printable {found at the end of this post}

First, choose and mix your watercolors. Unfold  your napkin once, leaving it folded in half. With an eye dropper, start dropping your colors. I didn’t place too much color on the outer edge {the bumpy part}, as you will cut that part off. Once you are done coloring, carefully unfold the napkin and let dry. It took about 15 minutes to dry completely.

After the napkin has dried, refold the napkin in half, then in half again. It should look just as it did when you bought it, sans the watercolor. Next, trim off the bumpy edges {2 sides} and slightly trim the remaining 2 sides to get rid of any folds. Then, cut into strips. Stack the strips on top of each other and begin cutting your confetti. Watch your fingers!!

Once I had all the confetti cut, I tossed it into a brown paper bag and fluffed it to help separate the layers. Also, shaking the bag helps.

For the parchment paper packets, I simply cut 4 x 4 pieces of parchment paper and sewed down three sides, leaving the top open. Make sure to place your tear & toss tag in your stitching. Toss in a handful of your confetti and your card, then sew the top closed.

You could use these for just about anything. Just replace the Happy Summer card with a note of your own.

Do you like? I love it!

make your own confetti

confetti toss

Confetti Toss Tags

Confetti Toss Insert

confetti printable

free summer printable

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