Papier mache confetti ball favors for your New Year's and holiday season wedding! #Favor DIY#christmas#confetti#holiday#new years#tutorial#wedding favors December 22 2011 | Guest post by Jessica Charlton Celebrating the holidays and New Year's Eve is super fun. People feel hopeful for the possibilities of the new year, or maybe relieved that the last one has finished. In the US, where I live, we celebrate with silly hats, fizzy drinks, and one of my favorite things ever: confetti. Weddings are a celebration of something new as well. Why not inject your event with some holiday and/or New Year's excitement with these papier mache confetti balls! Materials: dropcloth (or newspaper, or pages from old magazines you have lying around… just protect your work surface, I don't care how!) crepe paper bowl flour water whisk 5" round balloons scissors trinkets (beaded necklaces, fun-sized candy, noisemakers, confetti, etc.) narrow-mouthed glasses, like juice or champagne glass disposable plastic gloves (optional, but keeps your hands clean!) glitter Step 1: Tear crepe paper into strips about 1"x4" strips. Keep in mind that the narrower you tear these strips, the tougher they'll be to work with. Step 2: Mix your papier mache paste to your liking. I used about 1 cup of flour per 2 cups of water. You can make large batches of the paste and it will keep for a day or two if you cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap when you're not using it. Related Post Make festive ribbon wands instead of throwing confetti It took about 3.5 hours to make 50 ribbon wands, which wasn't so bad. Here's how you can make them yourself. Step 3: Blow up your balloons…and then deflate them. AND THEN RE-INFLATE THEM. This may seem absurd, but the 5" balloons got bigger and rounder upon second inflation. Tie the end in a knot. Step 4: Saturate a strip of crepe paper with the paste. It shouldn't be dry, but it shouldn't be dripping all over the place either. Smooth it onto the balloon. Repeat until the balloon is totally covered, avoiding the knot and surrounding area. Step 5: Allow to dry overnight. You CAN apply more layers before leaving to dry, but I made these late at night and I was tired, so I left the one layer. I applied a second layer the next morning, then came home and moved on to the next steps. Step 6: When you think your papier mache is strong enough to stand up to the stress of transportation but light enough to tear open, snip the balloon close to the knot and release the air. The balloon will naturally separate from the papier mache shell; pluck it from the inside of the shell and discard. Step 7: Stuff the trinkets, candy and confetti into the shell. I used sealed fun-size candies so they wouldn't be affected by further gluing, random glue flakes inside the shell, or go bad if made months ahead of time. Step 8: Cut 1" slits into the shell from the opening, and use more papier mache strips to form a flat bottom. Dry overnight with flat bottom facing up. Step 9: Add metallic crepe paper bits, glitter or whatever else to the outside to snazz it up using more paste. Let it dry fully (overnight is preferable) before handling. Then… give 'em to your guests! It's a blast to tear into these guys! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Jessica Charlton Jessica Charlton's weapon of choice has always been an embroidery needle; her work has been featured on mrxstitch.com and feelingstitchy.com. She produces and teaches crafts of many kinds, and notably taught two years in a row at maximumfun.org's delightful comedy podcasting sleepaway camp, MaxFunCon. Never able to focus too long on just one inspiration, Offbeat Bride allows her to work on diverse projects, and for that she is grateful. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/ieatglitter PREVIOUS Avoiding engagement ring envy, or: How I learned to love the symbolism NEXT Superficial snack: wintery wedding makeup tutorial Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] Awesome! Although I'm sad I didn't see this in time for my wedding, I'm also glad I didn't have to make 100 as favors as I'm sure I would have! Reply This is so great!! I am planning on trying these for the New Year's Party this year! Thank you so much for the idea! :)) Reply I was looking for something fun (and cheap) for the kids that will be at our upcoming wedding and I think this would be perfect! I won't have to make a zillion of them as favors but I think the kids will really love tearing into 'em! Reply LOVE this idea! will definitely use this one Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.