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Today's freebie project has got me a little dotty! My office is covered in giant confetti, and there's nothing like giant tissue dots floating around to bring a smile to my face, and drive the dog nuts.
This DIY jumbo confetti tutorial coincides with the release of our new 15-piece invitation bundle, Olivia, part of the Budget Savvy Bride Collection at Download & Print. Olivia was inspired by the warm glow of city lights. Delightful pops of bright colors are paired with bold handwritten fonts. It's available right now in seven bright and festive colors.
As always, we want to give you the chance to take the Olivia collection for a spin before you commit to the design for your wedding stationery. I've come up with a fun take on send-off confetti. I've super-sized it! Keep reading for the simple (and therapeutic) steps involved in making your own jumbo confetti in coordinating colors to the adorable dots on the Olivia stationery. I've also included a free template download to the bag label, reworking the Olivia wrap-around address label in turquoise to turn it into the bag label. Fill a small bag with confetti, attach the printable label, and let your guests shower you and your new hubby with jumbo confetti on your way out. But don't stop there, the confetti can be used as decoration throughout your entire wedding. It couldn't be more economical to make, it's made from tissue paper, and making it really is fun. Trust me! Use the confetti to decorate tables... your reception tables, guest book table, and cake table. Grab a handful and blow toward your photographer for a fun wedding shot. Fill clear helium balloons with confetti and use as part of your reception decor. Make table numbers by drawing numbers with a glue stick and sprinkling on the confetti, shake off the extra confetti leaving a confetti covered number. Put in a simple frame on each table.
Confetti is such a fun theme and one of the more inexpensive projects I've come up with to tie your entire big day together. Confetti is playful yet sophisticated, just look at the full 15-piece Olivia bundle. I'm going head over heels dotty with how much I love this collection! I've put together ideas on how to throw a confetti themed wedding and compiled tutorials from some of the best crafters around the web. View all my ideas and throw your own confetti wedding!
Follow along with the video to see how to make the confetti yourself, or jump below to the pictorial. The download link for the free bag label is all the way at the bottom.
- Printable templates
- MS Word or Mac Pages
- Scissors or paper cuter
- 8.5 x 11” card stock
- 5/8” circle punch, or any size punch that produces the size confetti you like
- Tissue paper in coordinating colors
- Glassine wax paper bags
- Brown paper bag
Step 1: Download, Customize, and Print
Before you start download the free fonts and install them on your computer. The font information and download links are below. If you don’t have these fonts installed on your computer Word will substitute in a very bland font, and all the formatting will be thrown off. Your template won’t be pretty! After you install the fonts re-open MS Word.
Download the free wrap-around label file and open in MS Word. Customize the sentiment, and your names and wedding details. Check for accuracy and print the template on 8.5 x 11” card stock.
Step 2: Trim
Using a paper trimmer or scissors, cut along the dotted lines. A paper trimmer will produce straighter cuts and will be faster, you can trim more than one sheet at once. Scissors will do the trick though.
Step 3: Punch Tissue
Lay out your tissue paper flat and stack about four sheets, using tissue in all your colors. You may find that you can stack more than four sheets and this will make the punching step go a little quicker.
Fold the tissue in half lengthways, and then in half again crossways. Start punching out confetti along the short fold.
Refold the short edge, moving the fold just enough so that you have a fresh section of tissue to punch. Repeat this step until there is no more tissue to punch. The video shows you how to do this much better than I can explain!
I found this process very therapeutic. It was surprisingly addictive, like popping bubble wrap.
Continue on with new sheets of tissue until you have enough confetti for your needs. By my calculations, four sheets of tissue will fill four glassine bags, but you may like to use more or less, or be using the confetti in a completely different application (which I’d love to see, please send photos!)
Step 4: Separate Confetti and Fill Bags
You will probably have confetti all over the place at this stage, and may be going a little dotty yourself. I find it best to collect the confetti in a brown paper bag along the way, to keep it contained and limit the chance of finding colorful dots under your couch next Christmas. The brown paper bag also helps with the next step.
As you punch the confetti you will find that it sticks together in little towers. Fill the brown paper bag with confetti, fold over the top and shake, shake, shake. This will loosen up the confetti to maximize the dottiness. Don’t try using a plastic bag as this will produce static and you’ll have an even harder time separating the dots. If you do however end up with a plastic bag full of static-charged tissue dots, please invite in your cat or dog and encourage them to play with the dots, and send me a picture of the result.
Grab a couple of handfuls of confetti and fill each glassine bag.
Step 5: Attach Bag Wrap
Fold over the top of the glassine bag, wrap it with the label, and staple everything in place.
Voila! You are now ready to be showered in jumbo confetti as you make a dramatic exit!