Easy Confetti Poppers

Easy Confetti Poppers!

Perfect for Parties, New years eve and Gender Reveals!

Things you will need

1 – Toilet paper roll

“2 – Standard size balloons

3 – Some sort of wide tape

4 – Confetti (bought or home made)

5 – Construction paper / Card stock


Save those toilet rolls so you can make a bunch, use tissue paper cut into tiny squares or grab the dots from your hole puncher  for some inexpensive confetti

Cut a piece of card stock to fit the length and circumference of your tube, its about 4″ x 5 1/2″

Take your balloon and tie a knot at the end of the balloon, cut off the top of the balloon about half way

Stretch the knotted side of the balloon over the end of your toilet paper roll, it might deform your roll a bit and you can reinforce your roll with cardstock in side it or just try to form it back into a cylindrical tube

Use some sort of wide tape, masking tape, packing or duct tape to secure the balloon to the tube

Now its time to decorate the card stock that will go around your tube, you have the option of keeping it plain or you can decorate with gel pens, washi tape, printed duct tape or glitter!

Now you can use a tape runner or glue and apply it over the back completely and apply the card stock to the tube, it will add some more interest, rigidity, and cover up the balloon and tape


Easy Chapstick Cozy sewing tutorial

Things you need

1.) Pretty fabric – Love this fabric? grab it here! Hobby Lobby

2.) Split ring

3.) fusible interfacing

4.) Chap stick to test for sizing

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 7″ x 2″, cut the same in a medium weight interfacing (not necessary but if you have it i would use it)

If using cotton i recommend the interfacing, if your using a canvas type fabric skip the interfacing


Cut 1 small square 2″ x 2″

Iron your interfacing onto the back of your fabric, fold down the sides 1/4″

place the two rectangles right sides together. fold the little square in half

Sew down three sides of the large rectangle leaving the folded side open, sew down the small square on one side

Flip both right sides out and iron Flat

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Child Carseat Poncho pattern instructions

 This is my circle skirt pattern, i took the circumference of my daughters neck and the length from her neck line to her waist and then did some math...i would like to refer you over to an excellent video that shows you how to make a circle skirt

With a rectangle piece of paper folded in half you will measure from the fold the radius of the circle of you neckline.

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i measured my daughers neck and took that number which is the circumference and input it into my calculator C = 2πr

Radius Calculator – for me its easier to use this calculator


circle skirt tutorial – how to

Once you find the radius then you will measure from the folded edge from one side to the adjacent side leaving ticks along and then lining them up to create a quarter of a circle, measure along those tick marks the length of your skirt and then you will have the bottom of your skirt, cutting these out with the paper folded and then unfold the paper will reveal a half circle pattern

(this is very hard to explain so please click the link is the best way to learn and then come back!)

 to get the hood pattern i laid down a hoodie onto some paper and  traced around it as best i could also adding a half inch seam allowance

 I cut out 4 pieces for the hood, 2 of each fabric

 Sew the lining right sides together along the curved edge

sew the main fabric right sides together along the curved edge

flipping the hoods to reveal the right side of the fabric place the two hood pieces right sides together


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line up the edges that will be the edge that frames the face being sure to line up the seam (be sure the seam lines up as best as possible and pin that while then pinning to the edge.

once you have sewn that push the lining fabric into the main fabric and you will see the hood is in formation, top stitch along the edge that frames the face to finish it off.

lay the circles on the floor lining them up with right sides together, we will be inserting the hood in between the two fabrics

pinning the hood inside the two layers of fabric will allow all the seams to be hidden and no raw edges visible. sewing along this edge with a half inch seam allowance, once finished push the lining fabric through the hole to expose the ponch with right sides out, you should have the last seam left which is the one at the bottom along the entire skirt

I chose to fold in the edges to hide the raw edges and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance around the whole thing. there are many ways to do this and this process might take a bit of time but in the end no raw edges will be visible through the entire poncho and i prefer it this way

if you have any difficulties making this poncho i have created a video that you can visit over at my youtube channel which might fill in some of the gaps as in some situations its hard to explain things with words.