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Balloon Fireworks


Satisfyingly loud and sparkly, these confetti-filled balloons are a fun alternative to fireworks. And unlike the real ones, these can be set off by kids -- indoors! To make, pull a balloon over a funnel. Pour in confetti until balloon is a quarter full; inflate with a hand pump. Use a sharpened pencil for popping.

Safety note: Be sure to supervise; kids under 8 should never handle un-inflated balloons or broken balloon pieces.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 8 2003

Reviews (29)

  • KCW12 8 Jun, 2013

    You are all idiots. Clearly this is a white people problem. I am amazed at how cheesy and moronic you all sound.

  • karlx 17 Sep, 2008

    it can be a good idea for a wedding with white and gold ballons with rice..

  • meadresearch 6 Jul, 2008

    This is a great idea! Wonder if you could use glitter? Wouldn't that be pretty on New Year's Eve? :)

  • azgrandma 4 Jul, 2008

    We had the children punch paper stars all morning. They had a great time. We filled the balloons and told them when nap time was over we will break them. Never saw the great-grandchildren so happy to close their eyes. I bet not one of them wants to get too close to the grill, because they will be sailing their confetti balloons.

  • confettiguru 4 Jul, 2008

    Use soft mylar confetti. Use a fork to pierce. Anything that won't vacuum comes up with a lint roller (my 3 year olds idea) This is a great idea that won't start any fires

  • alda 4 Jul, 2008

    i did this for new years 2004 the grandkids were all there all six we had such a good time. and no one got hurt. when we moved in 2006 i still had conffeti behind the furniture and i had a good time again thinking about it. relax let the kids and yourself have fun

  • theresam1 4 Jul, 2008

    My gosh... I think, with the addition of the yardstick and hat pin, this is an adorable craft. What child wouldn't love this? I agree that little babies shouldn't take part. But let the rest have a blast! Yes, it involves some cleaning. SO WHAT? I think people need to relax and let the kids have some fun.

  • Raechal-4 4 Jul, 2008

    Has everyone become Chicken Little with the sky falling? Do you not remember being a child and the sheer joy of playing. That is part of being a loving parent; let your child play without worrying about the mess. So, you have to vacuum for 15 minutes--shame on you if you let that stop your child from having fun! The impact on the planet would be so miniscule after cleaning up. If the comfetti is made of paper and not mylar, it is not a hazard outside.

  • evelynsgarden 4 Jul, 2008

    What a great idea. Safety glasses. . . Choking. . . Good grief!!!! Hopefully, one would know what age children for which this would be appropriate and to keep smaller children at a distance. There is an element of hazard in everything we do. This is a safe alternative to fireworks. FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, LET YOUR KIDS HAVE SOME FUN!!!! Then clean it up and dispose of properly.

  • Mumra1st 4 Jul, 2008

    It is exactly that sort of attitude that has created an unhealthy environment for the planet and thus the people who live on it. Fun doesn't have to include destruction!

  • morales_lv 4 Jul, 2008

    I just read all the other postings. Why can't we have some fun and not worry so much of all the potential hazards. There's hazards in everything we do. Live a little. The only real concern is choking hazard for little ones or pets so just clean up the popped ballons aftewards. Man invented vacuum cleaners. It's not like you have to pick up each confetti piece by hand and do this every day. Live people!

  • morales_lv 4 Jul, 2008

    This is such a creative idea for special events. Here's another twist - -- for a wedding reception, you can have these confetti ballons tied to an arch pathway along the exit route for the newlyweds. Instead of thowing rice or bubbles or whatever the latest craze is, have guests pop theconfetti ballons as the newlyweds exit the reception. Go all the way and use Martha's other ideas of confetti picture rounds of the newlyweds in the balloons.

  • megansue 4 Jul, 2008

    It might be good indoors for events held inside basketball gyms, or other places that it would be easy to clean. Common sense tells you not to do it in your livingroom! If there is a risk of fire, then don't do it at all! It should be okay to do in an enclosed backyard with the balloons pretty low to the ground.

  • nightowl 4 Jul, 2008

    New Years..great idea too.

  • nightowl 4 Jul, 2008

    Fireworks cause traumatic stress on animals

  • nightowl 4 Jul, 2008

    Great idea! with fires here in Ca.

  • dottikins 4 Jul, 2008

    We always have a pinata in our tree for Easter with loads of candy falling out. This would be a great idea to put a group of balloons in the tree, and let the grandkids take turns breaking them. Maybe add a few small pieces of wrapped candy down the funnel too!! Great idea! Celebrate your independence today!

  • debbiebg3 4 Jul, 2008

    Fun for outside. Fun for inside??? You are kidding right!

  • lisaaust 4 Jul, 2008

    Give me a break.

  • chilypepah 4 Jul, 2008

    Cocgo, why is this not environmentally friendly? All materials are contained and can be disposed of properly. Besides latex balloons are made of 100% natural latex. Latex balloons take about the same amount of time to break down in compost as an oak leaf!

  • BrandyLea 4 Jul, 2008

    These are cute, fun and such a safe alternative, If your concerned aout your childs eyes, for maximum saftey, get a pair of clear goggles. This way your Children can watch and fully enjoy the falling confetti! Happy 4th of July To all!

  • chilypepah 4 Jul, 2008

    I've been doing this for years! The correct way is to tape a long hat pin to the end of a yardstick for popping. That way you don't have the danger of confetti in the eyes as shown in this photo. Adult supervision is a must!

  • cocgo 4 Jul, 2008

    I always look forward to the Craft of the Day, but this one is too much! This is definitely not an environmentally friendly way to celebrate the 4th of July.

  • MaryannL 4 Jul, 2008

    Inhaling the confetti could be a problem too! Be sure to supervise the children!

  • wrlwnd 4 Jul, 2008

    I figure the fireworks come after - when you realize all the vacuuming you'll have to do.

  • momdig 4 Jul, 2008

    Great idea! And I'm not really worried about eye injuries-what are the chances anyone would keep their eyes open as a balloon pops!!! If the confetti still presents a worry, there's always paper confetti...tissue paper confetti if you're really concerned.

  • maryjaneskrobacz 4 Jul, 2008

    I think the child should also keep his mouth closed, due to possible choking.

  • ahopkins 4 Jul, 2008

    Have children wear safety goggle or old glasses.

  • debbydoodles 3 Jul, 2008

    This is cute...but isn't the confetti a hazard to a childs eyes?