How to Make a Rocket Confetti Popper

This Fourth of July, give kids of all ages these fun party favors.

fourth of july rocket confetti poppers
Photo: Linda Xiao

On the Fourth of July, there's no need to wait for twilight's last gleaming. Kids will have a blast setting off these DIY confetti poppers whenever you hand them out. Making them is definitely not rocket science. You'll just need a cardboard box and tubes you'd otherwise recycle—from gift wrap, toilet paper, or paper towels—plus some white paint, blue painters' tape (for the patriotic stripes), barbecue skewers, red construction paper, and kitchen twine (for the faux fuses). The only thing you might not have on hand is the confetti; these over-size dots and stars are easy to find online and made of biodegradable paper. As shown here, we used Todo D'Fiesta Round Tissue-Paper Confetti Circles in red, white, and blue and Crafts & Confetti Paper Star Confetti in gray and white. To let 'em rip, all little ones have to do is hold the rocket in one hand, push the handle up with the other, and… ka-boom!

Styling by Naomi deMañana

What You'll Need


  • Cardboard tube, such as from giftwrap, toilet paper, or paper towels
  • White craft paint (Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Snowball)
  • Paintbrush
  • Blue painter's tape (Scotch Painter's Tape)
  • Cardboard (from one small piece or box)
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wooden skewer (RebEarth Natural Bamboo Skewers, 16")
  • Red construction paper
  • Kitchen twine


  1. Cut cardboard tube to the length you'd like your popper to be. Paint white; let dry completely. Decorate bottom edge with a stripe of painters' tape.

  2. To make the pusher, cut out a circle of cardboard that's 1/8 inch smaller than your tube, so it fits snugly inside. Hot-glue end of skewer to center of circle; let dry completely.

  3. To make the pointy topper, cut out a circle of construction paper that's one to two inches wider than your tube. Snip a 1/4-inch wedge out of circle. Form into a cone shape, and hot-glue edges together.

  4. Fill tube with confetti, and insert pusher. Secure topper to top of tube with only a glue dot or two (it needs to be loose enough to pop off). Cut a length of twine for the "fuse," and hot-glue to inside of tube.

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