Dress up a party with easy, colorful DIY tissue paper confetti

DIY tissue paper confetti is a fun, easy way to pump up the party vibe. The larger pieces in our version make a big design statement—not to mention, they’re way easier to clean up than the pre-shredded stuff you get in bags. 

Table sprinkled with DIY tissue paper confetti; also contains cake, plate with slice of cake, forks, napkins, and birthday candles

HOW TO MAKE DIY TISSUE PAPER CONFETTI

  • MULTI-COLOR PACKS OF TISSUE PAPER (YOU PICK THE COLORS)
  • CONSTRUCTION PAPER (COORDINATE WITH TISSUE COLORS)
  • CIRCLE PAPER PUNCH
  • SCISSORS OR METAL RULER AND CRAFT KNIFE

Pro Tip

Fancy it up by using different sizes and shapes of punches to create circles, stars, squares, hearts, triangles…whatever fits your party mood best.

Supplies for DIY tissue paper confetti: tissue paper, hologram paper, scissors, construction paper, circle punch, cutting board

PREP THE TISSUE PAPER

Multi-color packs of colored tissue make it easy to coordinate with your party palette. Because they come already stacked you’ll get a variety of colors with each punch—or you can layer different colored tissue papers yourself.

Once you have your layers, cut the stacked tissue into smaller squares.

Next, grab a piece of construction paper, fold it in half lengthwise, and place three sheets of trimmed tissue inside the folded paper. Two reasons:

  1. Tissue paper in a punch by itself means tearing and heartbreak.
  2. Layering with construction paper gives you clean cuts.

Pro Tip

If you’re recycling tissue paper, you can iron out any unwanted wrinkles. Use the polyester setting and light steam. Just smooth out a stack of three sheets of tissue with your hands, press with the iron, flip the stack, and iron again.

Making DIY tissue paper confetti: using a circle punch with tissue paper inside folded construction paper

START PUNCHING

Now grab your paper punch and punch away.

If you don’t have a punch you can use scissors to cut tissue paper into confetti sized pieces, about 2 inches long and half an inch wide.

If you use a craft knife and metal ruler, definitely sandwich the tissue paper in construction paper, as above.

Pro Tip

To add some drama, layer metallic foil or mylar sheets with your tissue paper.

Making DIY tissue paper confetti by cutting strips of tissue with scissors

Different styles of tissue paper confetti: circles, tiny squares, rectangular strips

PARTY, PARTY, EVERYWHERE

You really can’t make too much. Sprinkle DIY tissue paper confetti all over everything in lots of ways:

  • Spread on a table and between platters
  • Glue on party balloons for a pop of color—or stick some inside and blow them up
  • Edge a paper cup (rub a glue stick around the bottom of a paper cup and roll it in confetti)
  • Tuck into invitations, greeting cards, and thank you notes
  • Fill a gift box or wrap
  • Make cascarones with blown eggshells or create confetti cones

Pro Tip

If you end up with leftover confetti, store it in a jar so you’re always ready to add a touch of fun.

Sprinkling DIY tissue paper confetti in a greeting card envelope

DIY tissue paper confetti glued to a large white balloon

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