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Confetti Invitations + Template

I made this prototype for a couple who needed save-the-dates for a wedding. We ended up doing something else but these turned out so cute I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make them. These little tubes shoot a little burst of confetti when you twist them. The problem is they are usually ugly and the confetti inside them is usually poor quality (like five little sad strands.) So what we did here is strip the label, disassemble the spring mechanism. Then put it back together with our own confetti plus an invitation inside. Then the recipient twists the canister for an exciting little moment to get their invitations. Fun right?

We were going to do these as save-the-dates but they would work great as party invitations for any event.

Cheap Party Poppers (you can find these at most party supply stores) 12 for $10
Confetti (buy this or make your own–get out your hole punches!)
Invitations We did ours as a confetti on a string but you could easily just do a small square piece of paper and just fold it up.
Label Paper Then download the template for free right here or you can design your own.

Step 1 Disassemble the confetti shooter. Twist it so the confetti shoots out, then take off the label. Then take apart all the pieces

Step 2 Reassemble the canister and reset the spring so it is spring loaded. It is very easy to do and takes 10 seconds. It’s pretty straight forward but here are a few pictures.

Step 3 Fill the loaded canister with confetti and the invitation. Take the circle piece from the top of the canister, trace it on white paper and cut it out. Then place it on top like a lid.

Step 4 Take your new label and remove the backing. Starting at one side adhere the label, smoothing it as you go. When you are done add a piece of tape on the seam to keep it secure. Then press down the overlap on the top with your finger until it is sticking to the white “lid.” I experimented with different versions and I think this works best. You don’t want to tape the lid down because the confetti had a hard time launching. The label paper is the perfect amount of stickiness to keep it secure but still allow the confetti and invitation to launch.

Voila! A super fun party invitation. I would mail them in a simple box with fun bright paper packing material but I wouldn’t include a card. Just make it mysterious so they have to “twist it” to find out who it’s from.

  1. BLISS!

    March 14, 2011

    these are GREAT!

    i don't know where to get confetti shooters around here, but if i find some, i will try this.

    thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Cupcakes and Cutlery

    March 14, 2011

    What a wonderful idea!!! Thanks for sharing! My kids would get the biggest kick out of this!

  3. jordan

    March 14, 2011

    Party City has the poppers or you can get them online via the link I posted.

  4. cassandra mooney

    March 14, 2011


  5. Amy

    March 14, 2011

    you are a genius!!

  6. Melanie

    March 14, 2011

    Whenever you come up with another rad project, the song "Wind Beneath My Wings" starts playing in my head.

  7. Michelle

    March 14, 2011

    Wow! This is one of your best ideas yet!

  8. {BlueEyedYonder}

    March 14, 2011

    SHUT UP! These are the cutest and happiest inviations ever! I want to plan a party just so I have an excuse to make them. Thank so much for your endless creativity. :-)

  9. jacin {lovely little details}

    March 14, 2011

    THAT is cool!!!

  10. Michelle

    March 14, 2011

    I LOVE THESE!!! So cute and clever. Thank you for the step-by-step directions; I'm going to use this to ask my friends to be bridesmaids :)

  11. rebecca

    March 14, 2011

    WOW, i need to try this!!! you are awesome!!!

  12. Rachael

    March 14, 2011

    This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Rebekka Seale

    March 14, 2011

    AWESOME idea!!!!

  14. Loren

    March 14, 2011

    These look great!
    I know that it is the 'simplest' part of your tutorial but I really love the simple banner invites, I've love to hang that on my fridge to remind me when the wedding is :)


    March 14, 2011

    This is ADORABLE and thank you for the great DIY guide. Spreading the love!

  16. Sarah

    March 14, 2011

    This is just so crazy creative! I love it!

    – Sarah

  17. Em

    March 14, 2011

    Impressive as always. What a way to set the mood with the invite!

  18. Kimberly

    March 14, 2011

    Such a fun idea. A friend's upcoming 35th is the perfect opportunity to use this idea, I think!

  19. Mandy

    March 14, 2011

    Wow! I can't wait to try this. So many confetti possibilities on the inside. Thanks for sharing this fun idea!

  20. janis

    March 14, 2011

    absolutely perfect. you're a crafty genius!

  21. Samantha

    March 14, 2011

    Jordan!!! These are amazing and just what I need for my son's birthday this summer. Thanks for being so awesome!

  22. Angela Joy

    March 14, 2011

    like many cute things…annoying too ! 😀

  23. Cupcake Carrie

    March 14, 2011

    seriously adorable!!! what a great idea!

  24. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon

    March 14, 2011

    love this idea, its so creative! love how its bursting with fun colored confetti!

  25. michelle

    March 14, 2011

    How do you come up with these things?! Genius.

  26. InCircle Interiors

    March 14, 2011

    so cool! how would you mail those?

  27. Justine @ Urban Scarlet

    March 14, 2011

    what an awesome invite!!!! such a creative idea.

  28. Emily @ Peach and Pearl

    March 14, 2011

    These are so neat, Jordan! Love it!

  29. Kara

    March 14, 2011

    Jordan, this is fantastic! I will use this for my birthday party. Thanks!

  30. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza)

    March 14, 2011

    Thanks for another super-creative idea! Just have to share this on our Bellenza FB page today!

  31. che carina!

    March 14, 2011

    awesome idea!!

    thanks for sharing x

  32. Kathryn

    March 14, 2011

    You are too good Jordan – love these!

  33. cait

    March 14, 2011

    AMAZING. I seriously need to throw a party just to use these.


  34. The Family That Plays Together

    March 14, 2011

    Are you kidding me?! These are Glorious! You really out-did yourself this time Gal.

  35. Jordan - Polkadot Prints

    March 15, 2011

    So seriously I have "Ebay-confetti canon" on my list to do because, just last week I popped one of these things hoping for some cool pastel paper confetti, and yes, lame-o silver strips came out. – Here's to cool confetti!
    You couldn't have better timing!!

  36. Melissa {TheScarletCardinal}

    March 15, 2011

    What a fantastic idea! I would love to do this for my next party! Thanks for the tutorial!

  37. love.boxes

    March 15, 2011


  38. ZeeLV

    March 15, 2011

    Hmmm…I'm thinking these would make SUPER cute "mystery" birthday greetings too! Thanks for the idea!!

  39. Tara

    March 15, 2011

    Brilliant! I want to make these for our youth group cookout this summer. Thanks!

  40. Ali

    March 15, 2011

    You are brilliant, genius, every good adjective.

  41. Fashalina aka The Hyperbalist

    March 15, 2011

    This is an AMAZING idea. I am obsessed with the cute little colored-circles-on-a-string garland invitation that listed the date and the event. Despite how easy you say it is though, I fear I would not be able to do this as I am directionally challenged. Meaning I am bad at following directions especially if they have to do with arts and crafts : ( Sadly. I know I would somehow mess these up so that the spring wasn't loaded and the guests would twist their little canister and it would be totally anticlimactic and nothing would happen and they would have to pull out the garland by hand to see what's inside. I just know it! Haha but I'll give it a worthy try. Thanks for the idea as always.

  42. Susan Crabtree

    March 15, 2011

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this-would be a cute card idea too!

  43. Janice

    March 15, 2011

    So you send this to someone and it pops open leaving a mess of confetti for them to clean up?

  44. A. Houghton

    March 15, 2011


  45. Amber

    March 15, 2011

    This is sooo cool. I have neat freak friends that would kill me for sending it to them – but their kids would LOVE it!

  46. jordan

    March 15, 2011

    Guys it takes like 30 seconds to clean it up. If you invite someone to a party and spend the time to make something special for them and they get mad they have to clean it up–maybe you should reconsider your friendship with them. None of my friends would act that way. 😉

  47. sliceofpink

    March 15, 2011

    I hope I live my life so there's lots of confetti to clean up!

  48. cindy

    March 15, 2011

    i would love to get one of these and so would my rad carpet sweeper!

  49. evie s.

    March 15, 2011

    These are brilliant Jordan! What a fun idea.

  50. Inha

    March 15, 2011

    You never cease to amaze me.

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