Confetti launchers are a safe way to enjoy the Fourth of July. These party favors can be made in a group setting, such as at a scouting meeting. Families can assemble a few of these launchers to use in the back yard during a holiday party. Decorate the outside of launchers with different colors to reflect another celebration such as a graduation party, birthday, Easter or even a wedding. Use paper confetti that is easy to sweep; glitter-based confetti is difficult to clean up.
Things You'll Need
- 2-inch wide cardboard mailing tube, cut to 9-inches
- Utility knife
- Red or blue electrical tape
- Rubber band
- 2 toothpicks
- 2 (15-inch) long pieces of string
- 5/16-inch metal nut
- Plastic lid
- Star stickers
Trim 1-inch off the tube using the utility knife. Cut this 1-inch section open and remove a 1/2-inch section from one side. Discard the 1/2-inch piece. Insert the cut piece inside the tube, creating an inner ring a 1/2-inch from the top. Secure with a piece of electrical tape. This extra cardboard ring will provide a stopping place for the confetti launching piece.
Measure 1 1/2 inches down from same end of the tube with the inserted piece, mark the spot with a pencil. Hammer a nail at this point. Rotate the nail to make the hole larger. Make another hole on the opposite side of the tube.
Push a rubber band partly into one of the tubes. Place a toothpick through the outer loop and secure with electrical tape. Tie both strings to the metal nut. Thread the rubber band through the nut and then push it out the other hole. Place a toothpick through the loop and then secure it with electrical tape.
Cut the plastic lid into a disk shape slightly smaller than the tube. Poke two holes in the center about 1/4-inch apart. Thread the disk onto a string; poke the string up one hole and down through the top. Knot the string underneath. Pull the second piece of string down through the tube and tie a knot at the bottom.
Decorate the launcher with strips of red or blue electrical tape and star stickers.
Load the launcher by resting the disk on top of the inner cardboard ring. Pour confetti onto the plastic disk. To launch, hold the tube firmly and then pull the bottom string. Quickly release the string to send the confetti flying.
Tips & Warnings
- Use torn pieces of colored tissue paper for the confetti.
- Family Fun: Confetti Launchers; June/July 2010 issue
- Photo Credit confetti image by Franc PodgorÅ¡ek from Fotolia.com
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