Need to put some color into a summer party or holiday? Confetti poppers are the answer! The English word confetti is derived from the Italian sweet of the same name. This sweet is made from almonds and has a hard sugar coatings of many different colors. Confetti was traditionally thrown during carnivals. Over time the sweet began to be used in weddings and other events. The paper confetti we know today was created for a parade in 1875 by Enrico Mangili. Today confetti is used for weddings, birthday parties, holidays, and just for fun. Confetti poppers are easy to make at home and personally I think they look prettier than the traditional store bought.
*Toilet Paper tube
*Double sided tape
*Confetti filling (I used large glitter pieces)
Step 1: Cut an opening into the top of a balloon. Stretch the balloon over the outside of a toilet paper tube. Then tie a knot at the end of the balloon and secure with tape. It should look like the above pic.
Step 2: Decorate the confetti popper to your liking. I cut out rainbow tissue paper and used double sided tape to secure it onto the confetti popper.
Step 3: Fill the confetti popper with glitter. I filled the confetti popper enough to cover the visible portion of the balloon inside of the tube; you can fill the popper more or less depending on how much confetti you want to launch.
Step 4: Pop! Pop! Pop the confetti popper by pulling the balloon by the knot and releasing. The longer you stretch the balloon the more confetti will launch.
When you draw back the balloon, you are using chemical energy. The chemical energy is converted into potential elastic energy. This potential elastic energy is conserved inside the stretched rubber balloon. Releasing the balloon converts the stored elastic energy into kinetic energy that generates the motion of the projectile confetti.
The amount of potential elastic energy converted increases as you stretch the balloon. Higher potential elastic energy means higher kinetic energy; the higher your kinetic energy the further the confetti will pop.
As the confetti flies through the air it is acted on by the forces of gravity and air resistance that slow and eventually stop the confetti.