I'm certainly not the first person to think of putting confetti in a clear balloon, but I felt that it was worth posting to share the tips and tricks I figured out (the hard way) for what works and what doesn't when you want to make your own custom color blend of confetti to go in a balloon.
Tip 1: If you're going to use sequins, use flat ones, not the faceted cupped ones, if you want them to stick to the sides of the balloons.
Tip 2: tissue paper is perfect for this craft--colorful, nice shapes, and very lightweight. If you're punching out shapes instead of just cutting chibbles of paper, punch through the entire stack of tissue paper at one time. Not only is it a lot faster, but the punch just performs better and makes cleaner cuts when you punch through the whole stack at once. The tissue paper tends to just tear if you try to punch one sheet at a time. I learned this when making miniature tissue paper flowers for the Day of the Dead party a few years ago.
Tip 3: Little confetti fits down the throat of the balloon pretty easily, but if you're using larger circles and shapes, it's really helpful to have another set of hands to help. One person can stretch the mouth of the balloon wide, and the other can carefully put the tissue paper shapes in the chamber. When using tissue paper, you want to avoid crumpling up the shapes as much as possible.
Tip 4: DON'T try to cut that super shiny foil tissue paper with craft punches! Bad, bad, punch-destroying idea. It clogs up the works and you will never use the punch again.
Tip 5: You can use scrapbook paper, but tissue paper is vastly better at sticking to the inside of the balloon. I didn't want the paper butterflies in the balloon to stick to the side walls, but rather to flutter and move around inside the balloon for the Butterfly Badminton game at my daughter's butterfly birthday party. So if you want a polka-dot kind of effect, and want the confetti to spread out over the whole balloon, the lighter weight the better. Tissue paper is perfect.
I hope my trials (and errors!) help you create just the kind of confetti-filled balloon you want for your celebration!
Yesterday, one of my readers, Maren, posted a couple of very valuable additional tips on my Facebook page that were so good I just had to share them here.
Maren's Tip #1: If you're planning helium balloons, don't use hi-float, because it'll get the tissue paper confetti all wet. I totally would have had to learn this one the hard way, had Maren not warned me first.
Maren's Tip #2: If you're having trouble getting the confetti to stick to the sides of the balloons, create a little static electricity by rubbing balloons on the carpet. I evidently have always had enough static around here in the dry desert that I never had to take this step, but it makes so much sense, and is probably key to having success with confetti filled balloons in many parts of the world.
Thank you so much for sharing, Maren!!