Learn how to make confetti with a Cricut machine! Making personalized confetti is a great touch for any party, and using a Cricut machine makes it a breeze. Learn how to do it with my tutorial!
Learn how to make confetti with a Cricut machine!
Hi all! I’ve been on a bit of a Cricut kick lately, and today I’ve got another Cricut project. We’re talking about how to make confetti with a Cricut machine! Because why not go a bit over the top for your party and make personalized confetti?!
When I was younger, I used a handheld single hole punch to make confetti 🙂 And that was fun! But it was all just circles. For this confetti, I’m showing you how to use Cricut to cut tiny objects and words out of paper. And I’m using a Valentine’s Day theme for it.
See this confetti? I would be literally impossible to cut out those intricate words by hand. And the little spirals, too. The hearts would be possible, but not fun. And my Cricut cut all of this out in just a few minutes.
Here’s what I used:
And here’s how to make confetti with a Cricut machine!
Step 1: Create a design in Design Space
First I set up my confetti design. I did a combination of works (“love” and “xoxo”), hearts, spirals, and dots. I wanted to see how the machine cut a variety of designs out from simply to fairly complex.
If you use words, make sure the letters overlap. If they don’t overlap, you’ll need to highlight them and use the “weld” tool. I don’t have a post on using the weld tool, but it’s really handy for projects like this.
See how the letters overlap? If they didn’t overlap, you’d just be cutting out single letters and throwing them in the air. (For more Design Space tools, check out my posts on How to Slice in Design Space and What Flatten Means in Design Space.)
Step 2: Cut designs onto scrapbook paper
I also wanted to try out a few different off-brand types of paper. Cutting off-brand products is great because the materials are always cheaper. But! They come with a risk.
That’s because Cricut puts a little Cricut “C” next to all of their materials. And they have extensively tested those materials, so selecting them when it’s time to cut tells the machine exactly how deep the blade needs to cut.
Since I was using off-brand paper, I had to do a little experimenting. The holographic paper I used was from the Michaels scrapbook section, and the pink glitter paper was from the dollar store (in a 3-pack, no less!).
But the first few cuts for each were a bust. I knew regular paper wouldn’t be enough to cut this paper since it was a bit heftier, but I thought medium cardstock or poster board would be enough. Neither were! They cut, but they didn’t cut through all the way.
Ultimately I decided to use heavy cardstock, and that did the trick. So you’ll definitely want to be prepared to experiment and maybe have a few duds if you aren’t working with Cricut-optimized materials.
Step 3: Peel the paper off the mat
I used my Cricut Explore 3 to cut the confetti. I usually stick to my Cricut Explore Air 2 because I am a creature of habit and it’s my favorite machine…but man, the speed is so much better on the Explore 3!
It cuts faster than the Explore Air 2, and it’s smoother and quieter, too. Definitely a plus for intricate, time-consuming cuts like cutting out a bunch of tiny custom confetti pieces.
Depending on how the paper peels off the mat, you could peel off the negative space, leaving the confetti on the mat. You can use the spatula tool to gently peel/pop the confetti pieces off. It worked really well.
And that’s all there is to making your own custom confetti!
Is it over the top? Yes. Am I going to do it for every party? No. But man is it a cute extra touch! And that’s all there is to it. Just remember to buy extra paper to experiment with if you’re using off-brand stuff!