Feb 16

DIY Confetti Tablecloth

by Jenny Batt

I have confetti on the brain.  I can’t help it. It is just so fun and makes me smile. Another one of my favorite things? Vintage tablecloths. I had a great thrift store that used to get the best and brightest mid-century styles, but I think someone else caught on and now it’s all dried up. I still keep checking weekly, but for now I will just settle on making my own.  I have two boys, so tablecloths are both heaven sent and a necessity.  Now, since I can buy plain white tablecloths, my supply will be unlimited.  Let the fun begin!

You will need: a tablecloth (Target has nice thick white ones), craft paint, circle punch, cardstock, freezer paper, tape and a paint brush.

Wash and dry your tablecloth. While you are doing this, clear a space larger than the size of the tablecloth on a hard floor and tape lengths of freezer paper shiny side up. Overlap the edges a little. I popped my tablecloth right from the dryer down, eliminating any ironing. Win! Tape each corner of the tablecloth down, no need to be perfect,  it just needs to stay put while painting.

Cut your cardstock into four pieces. Punch the center out of each card with your circle punch, I used a 2.75 inch punch.  Make a bunch of these, you will go through about 4 for each color, depending on how careful you are.

Start painting, one color at a time.  I used a different plate for each color. For each dot, place your template down and hold with one hand.  Take your brush and work from the paper, like a stencil and paint your dot.  It’s pretty fast, but be careful not to get the brush under the dot.  If anything goes wonky, just carefully paint the edge smooth, and start with a new card, easy peasy.  Go to town and think “scattered” like confetti!

I had to add more colors after dinner time.  This really goes fast, and is an easy way to update an existing tablecloth.  I plan on making more confetti tablecloths from home decor fabric and old floral ones that need some love.

Just add cake and turn every day into a celebration.

 

 

Nov 28

DIY Watercolored Confetti

by Joke Vande Gaer

When a friend of mine was planning a red themed birthday party for her little confetti loving 6 year old girl, I practically begged to help her. I was on a mission to find red paper confetti (without having to cut the confetti myself) and failed! Since all the stores I visited sold white paper confetti, I was going to try and dye the white confetti with watercolor paint. It turns out to be super easy and crazy cute! We filled jars with the confetti as party favors and the girls loved it!

Materials needed: an old jar for mixing, pretty jars for packaging the favors, white paper confetti, water and watercolor paint in a tube.

Step One: Squeeze out some paint into the jar.
Step Two: Add water and shake the mix until the paint is fully dissolved in the water.

Step Three: Add the confetti and shake again.
Step Four: Let the watercolor mixture do his job for a good 15 – 20 minutes. Shake the jar every 5 minutes to move the confetti around.
Step Five: Pour everything through a strainer and place the confetti on a piece of paper towel. Place a plastic bag under the paper towel to protect the surface you are working on, the confetti is still pretty wet.
Step Six: After 30 minutes, place the confetti on a new piece of paper towel (or an old rag) to let it dry overnight. Spread the confetti out so it dries faster.
Step Seven: Fill the jars with the confetti and use a piece of string to attach a little note to the jar.

When I realized how easy this was I couldn’t resist making more for myself in other colors. Aren’t the different color tones of the confetti pretty?

 

Oct 10

Giant Confetti Bags DIY

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

Apr 18

DIY Party: Confetti Egg Game

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).

Party Rules

* 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:

Materials Needed
Raw eggs
Egg dye (we used good ol’ vinegar and food coloring)
Confetti (or birdseed, fruity pebbles, or your filler of choice)
Gold Glitter
Tissue paper (we used a round 1″ punch to make our tissue paper perfectly sized)
Glue

Pin/Needle
Scissors

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.

All photos by Robyn Kessler for Oh Happy Day.

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.

Mar 14

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.



Materials
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.