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Pinterest: Nailed it or Failed it? – Confetti Bowls

There’s something that every girl in my Lovely Group and I have in common… we all love Pinterest!

For the longest time, we’ve been talking about all of the cute ideas that we have ‘pinned,’ and we’d say, “We should have a Pinterest Party!” …And, last week, we finally did it!

We loved this idea that we found on Pinterest by VJuliet – so we used it to help us make our first craft – a confetti bowl!

DIY Confetti Bowl by VJuliet

DIY Confetti Bowl by VJuliet

Here are the items that are needed in order to do this craft, and my notes on their cost/where to get them/opinion/etc:

  • Balloons – Got them from the $1 store! Easy-peasy.
  • Modge Podge – Got from Michael’s. For me, this was the 2nd most expensive item in this craft. It was around $8 for a medium sized bottle. Depending on how many bowls you are making, you may need to purchase the larger bottle. I’ll get into why later…
  • Vase – If you don’t have a vase around, you could use a bowl, or a cup. Anything the balloon can sit in to keep it steady while you’re ‘painting’ on the modge podge! We used red solo cups.
  • Sponge – $0.49 cents each at Michael’s. Sweet cheapness.
  • Confetti – In this craft, I believe VJuliet used paper confetti. At Michael’s, I could only find plastic-y, glitter-y confetti. That confetti was surprisingly expensive! $2.99 for a tiiiiny little bag. This became the most expensive part of the craft, since we had many girls making bowls. Alas, we made smaller bowls, since we didn’t have much confetti. Next time, I’ll want to get paper confetti, and I’ll most likely make it myself with a small punch or go somewhere else (like Party City) to check on prices/what they have in stock.

Here are the 4 steps to make a confetti bowl:

1. Inflate your balloon and insert it (tied-side down) into your vase/cup/bowl/etc.

Like I said before, we used cups for this step. And honestly, most of us girls barely used the cup, except for setting down the balloon to let the modge podge dry. We would mostly hold the tied end of the balloon while we were painting on the modge podge and sprinkling on the glitter. But it is definitely important to have for drying between coats.

2. Modge Podge the top half of the balloon, then sprinkle on confetti.

A couple of notes/directions for this step:

  • Apply the modge podge on as evenly as possible. 
  • I had the brilliant (hah) idea of having the girls draw on the balloon a line for where the top of the bowls would be (you can see the black permanent marker line on the balloons in the picture below). I thought it’d help keep the bowl within the size you wanted it to be. Well… the black permanent marker stayed visible in the clear-drying modge podge; so inside the bowls, there was a black line around the edge. I cut my bowl down so that the line was no longer there, so you could choose to do this or not, depending on if you want to cut your bowl down or leave it jagged later.

  • I thought it’d be super cute to pour the confetti into small jars. Which, it was cute, but it really was more convenient to just pour straight from the little bags of confetti onto the balloon. I know, such a small detail… but it did make a difference.
  • One of the girls took her time putting on the confetti very precisely (the rest of us ending up just pouring on the confetti, getting it all over the table/floor/ourselves). I’d advise to follow her example. You’ll see why in a little bit…
  • Keep on adding on layers of modge podge and confetti until you no longer see the balloon underneath… it’ll take several coats to make a thick coat. You’ll have to wait a little while in between coats. I bet you’d make a killer confetti bowl if you waited 10 minutes or so in between coats. If you don’t wait in between coats, your sponge will remove parts of the previous level of confetti while you are trying to apply the next coat of modge podge.
  • One of the girls, after applying her last coat of confetti, coated the bowl again in modge podge. She thought it would help keep the confetti from shedding later. And she thought correctly! Her bowl turned out to be the best looking & the most sturdy out of all of our bowls.

3. After you’re satisfied with your layers of confetti, let it dry overnight. (8-10 hours)


4. Pop the balloon!

Once you pop the balloon, remove it from the inside of the bowl, and voila! You have a confetti bowl! Feel free to cut along the edges to make it more rounded.

You can see below the difference between my bowl, and the girl in my group’s bowl that had been assembled more carefully& had the extra modge podge layer.

Us girls had a ton of fun with this craft! It was messy, took about 45 minutes-1 hr to complete. CONFETTI GOT EVERYWHERE. In our coffee, on our faces/hands/arms… it was awesome.

All in all, I think we NAILED IT!

What do you think? Leave your comments below!