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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?

  1. the gracious gaze

    November 28, 2011

    So cute!!

  2. Supal {chevrons and eclairs}

    November 28, 2011

    I would do this just for fun actually. I used to go confetti crazy at my birthday parties… and still do ha.

  3. Lisa D

    November 28, 2011

    so adorable, my daughter’s 3rd birthday is this weekend and while i still have about a thousand things left to do ( most are ideas from your site) im now wondering if i can squeeze in one more….

  4. Sarah

    November 28, 2011

    So pretty! I love the jars you used–where did you find them?

      • jordan
      • November 28, 2011

      They look like Weck jars to me but maybe Joke can answer this.

  5. fàtima -flowers by BORNAY-

    November 28, 2011


  6. Lynn

    November 28, 2011

    Those are Bonne Maman Fruit Preserves jars!

  7. Molly @thewaffler

    November 28, 2011

    So pretty and fun! I’m thinking New Years Eve…

  8. love+cupcakes

    November 28, 2011

    This is such a wonderful DIY project, but I’m not surprised at all…I’m constantly amazed by your creativity! Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait for an opportunity to make this!

  9. Rebecca - A Daily Something

    November 28, 2011

    Amazing!!! I just wonder where I might find cute white paper confetti like that…

  10. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

    November 28, 2011

    FUN!!!! I wish this came two days earlier! I just went on a mission myself to find confetti in certain colors and this would have been prefect. I’m gonna do green and red for our Christmas party…fun!!!! Thanks Joke!

  11. Tiffany G.

    November 28, 2011

    So fun…and beautiful!

  12. Sarah @

    November 28, 2011

    I love this!!!! I am definitely keeping this one =)

    – Sarah

  13. Mary

    November 28, 2011

    I love the idea and I love the last photograph…such a lovely angle!

  14. Anni

    November 28, 2011

    I love this! May just have to get crafty (I say as the least-crafty person on the face of the earth) and do this for our wedding. Would make a really cute send-off!

  15. joan

    November 28, 2011

    truly pretty!

  16. heather at wordplayhouse®

    November 28, 2011

    So softly beautiful…as fun as a party to make too.

  17. Amanda Jane

    November 28, 2011

    Love, love, love, love, love this idea. High five Joke!

  18. angela hardison

    November 28, 2011

    joke, i love these! great work.

  19. Erica

    November 28, 2011

    Beautiful! I love the effect of the watercolor on the confetti, how they’re not all evenly colored. I can’t wait to try this in a rainbow of colors.

  20. shutterbug

    November 28, 2011

    You are such a great friend!

  21. Hejregina

    November 28, 2011

    Ah, I like it!

  22. Camille

    November 28, 2011

    I love this idea! I just squealed in my office because I’m so excited to make some water color confetti. Thank you! 🙂

  23. rachel!

    November 28, 2011

    you are brilliant!

  24. Gabrielle

    November 28, 2011

    so fun and pretty! I am throwing myself a goodbye party in february and would love to do something like this to make it festive.

  25. juli

    November 28, 2011

    love your blog and the fact that you live in paris, where i stayed for some time two years ago. all your ideas and tutorials are so inspiring, i love the layout and your stories from paris, of course.


    ps. eat some macarons for me please from hermé, i miss them so much!

  26. jenn

    November 28, 2011

    well that’s just the super cutest!

  27. chiara

    November 28, 2011

    love this! so simple yet so pretty!

  28. Risa

    November 28, 2011

    The red confetti makes me think of pomegranates! I love that the coloring isn’t uniformed.

  29. Oh! Paper Pages

    November 28, 2011

    I love this idea! Definitely going to do this for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Honeylyn Armstrong

    November 28, 2011

    Time and time again, you put a smile on my face. This is becoming my #1 favorite place for inspiration or just to lift me up. You are the first subscription I check in my RSS feed, and I thank you so so much for all the amazing things you share with us!

  31. Chloé Fleury

    November 28, 2011

    I love these! very nice idea!

  32. Eva Scott

    November 28, 2011

    Really great!! Gorgeous!

  33. Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    November 28, 2011

    Are you kidding me?!? This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Definitely making these for my next gathering. 🙂 Thanks for the tut!

  34. Leen

    November 29, 2011

    this is so cute!! Never would expect this to work…I would guess the confetti loosing its shape and turn into a huge mess. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  35. monica

    November 29, 2011


    My mind is spinning with all the awesome things I could do with this!!

    Wonder how easy it would be to mod podge that confetti to things???

    Like Christmas ornaments?


    your posts are ALWAYS inspiring!

  36. Kate

    November 29, 2011

    when i was little i used to spend hours (HOURS!) cutting up sheets of paper into little bitty pieces to pack away under my bed in plastic baggies, so i am so happy to hear that there’s such a pretty “grown-up” version! the only difference between my confetti-lovin’ adult self and my paper-cuttin’ four-year-old self is that i now have a significantly stronger urge to toss handfuls of paper pieces in the air than i ever have before. huh.

  37. Marie

    November 30, 2011

    Soooooo great!!!

  38. Missy W

    December 1, 2011

    Where are those jars from? too cute!

  39. Eleni

    December 1, 2011

    Oh thanks for sharing that! I;m crazy about confetti these days (feeling festive alright =)

  40. Jess

    December 6, 2011

    I love this, they look like flower petals.

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