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DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers

Last week I shared the details of our gender reveal party with you! It was so much fun to see the reactions of our family and friends, and just as much fun planning the reveal! Today, I'm going to show you exactly how I made our gender reveal confetti poppers!

Since my  husband and I already knew the gender and the reveal was more for our family, we wanted to do something that everyone could participate in as opposed to us standing in front of everyone and opening a box of balloons or something along those lines. I love all of those types of reveals too, but I just thought it seemed less exciting if you already know the gender yourself! We also were hoping all of our nieces and nephews could attend, and they would have thought confetti was a blast!!! That is how the confetti idea was born, but unfortunately they were on vacation and couldn't make it. It was still fun anyway (who doesn't like confetti?!?!), and definitely made for cool pictures! Our moms reactions were both priceless!

Once we decided on confetti, I started researching popper ideas. I found tons of super adorable ones on Etsy, but most of them seemed like something I could make myself, so I decided to give it a try! It also gave me another opportunity to play with my Silhouette software, which I am trying to get more practice with! So today, I'll show you how you can make your own confetti poppers!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio
Before we begin, I have to say, I wrote this post the morning after working three night shifts, and when I proof read it later on, I was dying hysterically laughing. I made so many really weird errors while apparently dozing off writing. LOL. Just goes to show you how human I am! I proofread this over and over again so hopefully you don't find any other really weird random things that don't make sense ;) Excuse my combo of night shift brain and pregnancy brain :) Oh, the struggles! 


Materials:
-Silhouette Studio or the design program of your choice
-pink and blue embroidery thread* or ribbon

First, you need to measure your popper tube to find out how large to make your stickers. I wrapped a piece of string around the popper to get the diameter (for sticker length) and then measured the string with a ruler. Then, in Silhouette Studio, use the rectangle tool and drag the edges to match your length and height. Silhouette Studio is kind enough to display the rectangle size in inches so that you know exactly how big it will be when printed! Perfect!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Next, you can fill your sticker with a fun background if you so desire. Silhouette Studio has some stock backgrounds included, but I found this super adorable gender reveal background from Especially Paper. I had trouble finding information on how to add your own background to Silhouette Studio. I googled and googled and played around for a while, and eventually, I figured out that it's actually incredibly simple!
Open the folder that contains the background in a separate window. Click, hold, and drag the background onto the rectangle you've created. Voila! The background appears in Silhouette Studio! So easy! 
DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Next, I just added some shapes. I created a grey circle and then put a white circle over top of it in order to create a grey outline around the circle. There's probably an easier way to do that too, but I couldn't figure it out :) Then add the text of your choice and change the colors. I used the little color match tool to use the same shades for the font as the shades in the background.

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Then you want to make the entire sticker into one shape instead of multiple layers of shapes so that you can move it around as a whole unit. There's a simple button for this in the bottom left corner of Silhouette Studio. 

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Once you've merged all of your layers into one shape, you can right click, copy, and paste to duplicate your sticker and print more than one per page. 

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

If you plan on using your Silhouette Portrait* or Cameo to cut out your stickers, head to the print and cut settings to add your registration marks. I found that even on the lowest cut setting, my Portrait cut all the way through the label paper, so I ended up cutting them out myself using my Fiskar paper trimmer.* I used the label paper because I had tons of it on hand, but if you want to use your Silhouette for cutting these out, I suggest trying Silhouette's new sticker paper* instead!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Here they are, printed and cut! I love how they turned out! Not bad for an amateur designer ;)
DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Remove the lids from the plastic cake pops. No matter how hard I pushed on the plunger, I couldn't physically pop the lid off, so I knew that would be an epic fail for the reveal. I ditched the lids.

Try not to touch the poppers. The oils from your hands will make it harder for the stickers to stick!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Carefully peel the backing off of your stickers and apply them to the poppers. These particular poppers are not perfectly cylindrical, so I did have a tiny bit of overhang.

*Tip- At this stage, I ended up painting the inside bottom of the plunger with grey acrylic paint to keep cheaters from peeking at the confetti color through the clear bottom! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of that part! You couldn't see the paint unless you turned the popper upside down, but I knew I had to block the confetti color somehow for the sneaksters!!!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

Once we found out the baby's gender, I filled the poppers with confetti (blue or pink!). I made my confetti myself by cutting tissue paper into small pieces. You can also easily buy confetti if you'd prefer, but it was super easy to fold tissue paper, cut it into strips, stack them together, and then cut a bunch of squares at once.

I used grey tissue paper to cut out circles for the tops. My husband and I scrunched the tissue paper circles over the top and used pink and blue embroidery thread to tie them on. (You'll need octopus arms or a helper for holding and tying and the same time!) You can also use ribbon, yarn, whatever you like! We did a few test runs to make sure these lids were "poppable," and they were much easier than using the plastic lids that came with the poppers... and cuter!!!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

I put them on display at the party in a wire basket lined with pink and blue tissue paper. 

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

The guests were all curious what the heck those things in the basket on the beverage table were until it was time for the big moment!

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

I passed one out to everyone, set up my tripod (more on how to take your own group photos coming soon), counted to three, and...... POP! Blue confetti!!! It's a boy :)

DIY Gender Reveal Confetti Poppers using Silhouette Studio

I just love the shocked look on both of our mom's faces! The video we took is even better, but its too long to share. 

The confetti poppers were a big hit and so fun!!! They were easy and affordable to make. Perfect if you're looking for a DIY gender reveal idea!

We're all so excited to meet our new little man! Click the photo below to see the rest of our gender reveal if you missed it last week! :)

It's a boy! Gender reveal photo idea with balloons!


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