Rock these unique wedding announcements all on your own! They might look like a challenge, but they really are super simple to put together. They shoot a little poof of confetti and all of your Save The Date deets when you twist them.
Let’s start with your ingredients:
-1 1/4″ circle punch
-65lb white paper
-8.5″ x 11″ shipping label paper
-extra confetti (not mandatory)
THE PARTY POPPER
I bought these lovely little party cannons at Party City. I think you can get them online too. They are about 4″ tall and come in a pack of 12. Here is how to undress them:
1. Take off the plastic covering
2. Unwrap the label so that it is just black plastic
3. Undo the gold strip on the top to take off the circular top
Now you can dump everything in there out. If you pop it by accident, there is no worry because you can easily reset the spring. To reset the spring, follow these 4 easy steps.
1. Take the black tube part off from the twisting piece so that the spring is revealed.
2. Inside there will be a small plastic piece that resides over the spring. Use it to push the spring back down until another plastic piece pops through the hole in the top.
3. Rotate the top plastic piece 180 degrees until it locks in place so the spring is held down.
4. Replace the long plastic tube back onto the base so the ending result looks like this.
The easiest way to do this is to buy 8.5″ x 11″ label paper to print on. You can get it at Walmart, Target, Staples or online. If you are creating your own, you can fit 4 up on a sheet with each label measuring at 5 1/8″ x 4.” If you would like to use one of our templates, please download here at our Etsy store.
It’s just a bunch of circles! And of course some very important information. You can also download the template for this here. If you are making it yourself, the circles need to be 1 1/4″ in diameter. I found the easiest way to do this is to buy a punch (as shown in the picture) instead of trying to cut out perfect circles.
You can kind of pick out your important info and make as many circles as needed. Remember, you also need a backing to these circles. I used the same pattern that was used on the outside of the cannon to create unity throughout the piece. The circles with the information on them were printed on 65lb white paper, the backings with the design were printed on the same 8.5″ x 11″ label paper that the outside wrappers were printed on. Once you print these out, grab your string (make sure it is thick enough to hold the weight of these and not break…I used hemp) and line up your circles. Peel off the back design and use the sticky part to adhere to the info circle with the string running through the center.
STACK IT ALL IN
This is the fun part! If you like the confetti that comes with the cannon, stuff some back in to reuse it. If not, you can buy other confetti or punch some out yourself. After you have stuffed your confetti in, twist your circles together so that they stack one on top of the other and place inside the cannon.
PUT A LID ON IT
Lastly, we need a top! This circle will be a touch bigger than your 1 1/4″ circles just so that it does not fall in. I used the top to the original popper to trace out and cut with a scissor. It does not matter too much if it is exactly perfect as long as it covers the hole so nothing falls out. You can reuse the gold strap that the cannon originally came with to hold it down, or you can cut a very small piece of tape that is comparative to the strap to use. It doesn’t have to extend over the entire top. You can cut two pieces and put one on each side. Just make sure the tape is small enough so that the confetti can break through on the twist, but large enough so that it doesn’t open while in route to your invitee. Have fun and test one to make sure it works.