Gather paper that can be shredded—old newspapers and magazines, discarded
copier paper, used gift wrapping, or colored construction paper.
If you work in an office, ask coworkers who
use hole punchers to save the little paper circles.
Turn paper into confetti with scissors, a hole puncher, or a paper shredder.
Craft-supply stores offer decorative hole punchers that create stars,
sequins, hearts, and other designs.
If you use a paper shredder to make the confetti,
make sure it’s the crosscut kind, which cuts paper both
vertically and horizontally.
Scoop up the confetti, put it in a paper bag, and mist it with anti-static
spray. Close the bag, shake it up for a minute, then open the top to
let the confetti air-dry. This will prevent the confetti from clinging
to your guests’ hair and clothes.
Try making flower confetti: Sprinkle a layer of silica gel crystals
onto the bottom of an ovenproof dish, cover with flower petals, and
then alternate more layers of silica and petals. Heat in a 200-degree
oven for about 30 minutes, and then let cool before gently shaking off
any silica residue.
If you’re sending party invitations,
insert a tablespoon or so of confetti inside the card.
Make individual party bags for New Year’s Eve guests by pouring confetti
into small glassine bags, sealing, and taping a noisemaker to the top
Stuff some confetti into balloons that guests can pop. Just funnel in
the confetti before blowing them up.
Spray confetti over party guests by turning on a large fan and slowly
pouring confetti in front of it.
Some party supply stores and websites rent
and sell confetti cannons, blowers, and swirl fans.
After vacuuming your floors, pick up any stubborn confetti with a lint