How to make party poppers that pop

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How to make party poppers that pop
Make party poppers for your next party. (party favours image by William Berry from

Party poppers, also known as party firecrackers, are tubes filled with confetti or party favours that you give your guests. When the guests pull on either end of the tube, the popper pops open, spilling out its contents. Party poppers are available commercially at party supply stores. However, if you want to make your own that actually pop, all you need is a little effort while using little more than cardboard tubes and wrapping paper.

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Things you need

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Confetti
  • Candy
  • Trinkets
  • Curling ribbon

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  1. 1

    Cut an empty toilet paper roll or empty paper towel roll down to 4- to 5-inch lengths. Discard any extra pieces you cut off. You will need one length for each popper you intend to make.

  2. 2

    Cut pieces of coloured tissue paper which measure 8-1/2 inches long and 6 inches wide. The length measurement is based on a 5-inch tube and the width is based on a tube with a circumference of 5 inches. If your tubes measure differently, adjust the size of the tissue paper. Use one piece of tissue paper for each popper.

  3. 3

    Cut pieces of wrapping paper that is 7 inches long and 6 inches wide. Again, adjust the measurement as necessary, cutting one piece of wrapping paper for each popper.

  4. 4

    Separate the roll into two equal halves by cutting across the width of the roll with scissors.

  5. 5

    Place the two cut halves of each roll into the centre of a piece of cut tissue paper. Tape the tissue paper to the roll. Roll the tube up in the paper and tape it in place. Repeat this with the wrapping paper. When you finish rolling each tube, you will have a layer of tissue paper and a layer of wrapping paper.

  6. 6

    Put confetti, candy and other trinkets inside the rolls, inserting them through the open ends of the rolls. Tie the ends of the tubes close using 8-inch lengths of curling ribbon. Use one piece of ribbon on each end. Once you tie the ribbon to seal the ends of the tubes, curl the ribbon. Pull it between the sharp side of a blade on your scissors and your thumb. Don't cut yourself.

  7. 7

    Pull the ends of the popper simultaneously to make the popper pop and release the goodies inside.

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