Today, the unsung hero of every Maven box finally gets its time to shine!
We’re talking about those little pieces of packing paper that come in every box, which we lovingly call crinkle. Crinkle is snazzy, it’s zigzaggy, it comes in all sorts of colors, and it’s a great way to jazz up your gift wrapping—but too often, it gets thrown in the recycling bin because we don’t know what else to do with it.
Well, not today! Today, we’re playing fairy godmother, and turning that humble, Cinderella-like crinkle into the belle of the New Year’s Eve ball: CONFETTI.
Here’s what you need:
- An old Maven box with crinkle inside
- Plastic push pop containers (available on Amazon or at your local craft store)
- Paper confetti popper covers (we made you a free printable below!)
- Optional: Extra confetti (we mixed it up with gold stars and squares)
Step 1: Cut the crinkle into smaller pieces. No need to be too precise, just go a little nuts with it for a minute. Pretend you’re 5 years old again and cutting your Barbie’s hair. The smaller pieces will help your confetti from getting tangled or clumped together upon launch. (Pro-tip: Cut more crinkle than you need… so you can reload your confetti poppers many, many times at midnight. It’s a little messy, but it’s so much fun.)
Step 2: Fill your poppers. Gently pack each popper with your crinkle-fetti, all the way up to the top. Don’t pack it in too hard, or it will come out in one big clump. If you have extra confetti, this is the time to add it in, too.
Step 3: Put a lid on it. Reattach the top of each popper, so your crinkle can’t escape …yet. (BTW, Sophie is wearing her new favorite New Year’s Eve nail combo: one coat of Oscar (It Girl) over Zelda (Bombshell). Isn’t it pretty?)
Step 4: Cut out your popper covers (printable below!), wrap them around your poppers, and tape along the seam. Make sure your tape is long enough to cover part of the plastic as well (or reinforce with tape along the bottom) so the cover stays put.
Step 5: LIFT OFF! When midnight rolls around, take off the lid of your popper, hold it straight up, and press up on the handle to launch your confetti into the air. The harder you hit it, the higher your confetti will launch. Scream, “HAPPY NEW YEEEEAR!” and kiss someone (if you want to). Refill your champagne flute, and your poppers, and repeat as necessary. (THEN, and only then, should you look down at your feet. And remind yourself that the broom/vacuum can wait until the morning.)
Ready to make your own? Click on the link below to download the free PDF for our crinkle-fetti paper popper covers. (Say that three times fast.)
Download the free PDF here!
Happy New Year! What are your plans? And have you come up with any other ways to repurpose crinkle? We’d love to hear about it!