This week I started making confetti! Look out world. I’m no longer limited to the little packs of confetti I’ve been purchasing so far from Kmart.

Making confetti is actually really easy and cheap. It’s also a great opportunity to up-cycle items such as newspapers, magazines, and catalogues that were destined for the trash (yay for recycling and saving money!). The only thing you might need to purchase is a decent hole punch. I brought this little beauty from Kmart (of course) for just $4.

What I tried making confetti from

  • Newspaper
    Making confetti from newspaper was really effective. You just have to be careful of the ink transfer….both while making it and when using it later. After punching a few pages, my hands were covered in the words of the day.
  • Magazines
    If you want glossy, and colourful confetti, grab an old magazine.
  • Catalogues
    Looking for something to do with all the catalogues that pile up in your letter box? They’re typically colourful and made from lightweight paper, so they’re perfect for confetti — Plus it is completely free (Ka-Ching!)
  • Tissue Paper
    Confetti made from tissue paper is the best (no joke). You can get it in almost any colour you can think of and it’s super light (which makes for confetti that floats beautifully)…who wants to buy me this bulk tissue paper pack??
  • Leaves
    Do you have a yard full of trees and live in an area that experiences red autumn? If you do, then you probably have a yard full of leaves…save a few from the mulcher and turn them into confetti…perfect for a natural outdoor confetti surprise!
  • Aluminium Foil
    If you want your confetti to be slightly more glamorous; try out some aluminium foil. It’s great for making confetti that sparkles and shines.
  • Old Books
    My father is extremely happy that I’ve found a use for some of the old books I’ve left behind. Not only is the confetti beautiful, it’s also unique and holds history. It may even tell a tale or two.
  • Gift Wrapping Paper
    I tend to keep the wrapping paper from presents I receive. I usually end up with a pile of wrapping paper that I can’t re-use, but I think is to nice to throw out…turns out I have something to do with all that gift wrapping paper now!
Tissue Paper

Tissue Paper

Catalogue

Catalogue

Aluminium Foil

Aluminium Foil

Gift Paper

Gift Paper

Old Book

Old Book

Magazine

Magazine

Newspaper

Newspaper

Leaves

Leaves

Things I tried but didn’t work 🙁

There were a few materials I tried making confetti from that just didn’t work. In all instances my hole punch just couldn’t handle the material and would jam up. These included cellophane, crepe paper and serviettes.

All in all, I had a fun few hours making a substantial amount of confetti (that I now need to find something to do with). I’m open to any external ideas? If you can think of any other materials that may make great confetti, please let me know in the comments below.