This DIY project contains two things I am obsessed with. 1. Giant Confetti. They sell it at all the party supply stores here in France and I have to admit I have stocked up on way more than I could ever justify owning. And 2. Printing on paper bags with a home printer. It is still one of my favorite tricks ever for fancy looking favor bags. Go here for more pictures and my tips on how to do this at home.
Photos by Oh Happy Day
This post is by my friend Rebecca Wright who will now be doing a column on Oh Happy Day. She throws some of my favorite parties I’ve ever been to like: her bicycle wedding, her bus birthday party, and her film festival birthday party. I’m so happy to have her here.
I love parties that involve surprises. And crowd participation. So, just in time for Easter festivities, we decided to throw a party with confetti eggs (which are a little surprise in and of themselves) with a little twist – one golden winner!
DIY Party: Glitter Confetti Eggs
Confetti eggs (aka Cascarones) are like mini pinatas for your head. Traditionally, hollowed out eggs are broken over the head of a friend, showering them with confetti….and supposedly good luck (but definitely confetti).
We decided to shake things up in our hunt this year by turning it into more of a game. You still fill most of the eggs with confetti (or birdseed, or, in our case, Fruity Pebbles since they still look like confetti but I don’t feel as bad about leaving them in the park for birds to nibble). But – one of the eggs in the batch is filled with gold glitter, and whoever ends up with the head full of glitter gets an awesome prize (besides all the good luck they have coming to them).
* Hide your confetti eggs as you would normal eggs, and let your friends go hunting for them.
* Once everyone has collected the eggs (or as the eggs are found – your choice), the *kindly* smashing upon heads begins.
* No throwing eggs! Proper egg-smashing etiquette requires your hand to come in contact with the other person’s head so that you aren’t hitting anyone too hard or poking anyone’s eyes out.
* The lucky winner who gets the glitter egg smashed on their head goes home with the grand prize of the day. I’m always a fan of large quantities of fine chocolate, but you can get creative with what the prize will be.
Variations: If you’re really feeling feisty (and don’t mind a messier activity), I think it would be fun to leave a few eggs raw, just to keep things interesting (and provide some real motivation for running from the egg smashers coming toward you). Or, really shake it up and try things like jello filled eggs, or powdered sugar filled eggs, or whatever you’ve dreamed of dumping on someone’s head.
How to Make Confetti Eggs:
Egg dye (we used good ol’ vinegar and food coloring)
Confetti (or birdseed, fruity pebbles, or your filler of choice)
Tissue paper (we used a round 1″ punch to make our tissue paper perfectly sized)
Step by Step:
1. Using your sewing pin, poke a single, small hole at the top an egg.
2. Open up a larger hole at the bottom of the larger part of an egg.
3. If your yolk is too large, sometimes it helps to use a toothpick or something to stir the yolk up and make it more liquid
4. Let the egg drain out of the larger hole into a bowl, blowing the residue out through the small pin hole in the top of the egg if you need to encourage the yolk out a little more quickly.
5. Rinse the egg shell (you can add a little bleach to get rid of the egg smell) and allow it to dry.
6. Use dye to color the eggshell (you’ll have to fill the hollow shell with dye to make it stay submerged); allow to dry thoroughly.
7. Fill the egg about halfway with confetti (or whatever you decide to put inside). Use a funnel if needed.
8. Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger in size than the egg’s hole. Glue the paper to the edges of the hole.
9. Voila. Your eggs are filled. You are ready to party.
Have fun out there, kids. May confetti-filled eggs make all your dreams come true.
This post is by my friend Rebecca Wright. She also has an awesome vintage etsy shop called Animal Head Vintage. The great photos were taken by Robyn Kessler of Verité Photography who is a fantastic Bay Area photographer.
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.
via Wren Handmade