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Baby Gender Reveal Party Idea: DIY confetti poppers!

Baby Gender Reveal Party Idea: DIY confetti poppers!

By Brenda Ponnay

Baby Gender Reveal Parties seem to be all the rage these days and I can totally understand why. Why share the ultimate news of whether your baby is a boy or a girl in the clinical setting of an ultrasound appointment or with excited phone calls when you can celebrate that surprise with all your close friends and family in a big ta-da moment? I say, bring on the party! It’s probably the last one expectant parents will be having for a while anyway, you might as well make a big deal out of it.

I thought it would be fun to make some gender reveal confetti poppers (or homemade “Christmas crackers”) to announce the big news. Imagine a long table with all your favorite people sitting on the edges of their seats waiting in anticipation. Everyone grabs one end of a confetti popper, you count backwards from ten to zero and then when you get to zero everyone pulls their end of the confetti popper and blue or pink confetti flies into the air announcing the big news!!

Sound like fun? Well, here’s how you (or someone you trust with your top-secret information) can make these poppers yourself. They are super easy and you probably have all the supplies already on hand.


First you’ll need to gather your supplies:

• several small 5-6 inch squares of tissue paper in gender neutral colors
• several toilet paper tubes cut into thirds
• twine or ribbon
• double-sided tape
• confetti in blue or pink depending on the sex of the baby
• scissors

Now just follow these simple steps to put them together:


Step 1. Cover the outside of your tube with a a strip of double-sided tape.

Step 2. Wrap two squares of tissue paper around the tube, sticking it carefully to the tape. I used two sheets of tissue to insure that no one could see through the tissue paper and see the revealing confetti until the big moment.

Step 3. Twist one end of the tissue paper until it seals off the tube creating a small pocket for your confetti. Hold it closed with your fingers.

Step 4. Fill the chamber with confetti.

Step 5. Twist the open-end closed.

Step 6. Tie both ends with a small piece of twine or ribbon.

So simple right? Now just repeat these steps until you have enough poppers for each guest or enough for each guest to share with one other person.

bowl of poppers

You can put them in a bowl for everyone to take one or if you are having a sit-down dinner or desert, set one at each place setting. Just make sure everyone knows they are not allowed to open them until the big moment.

cupcake and a side ofpopper

I thought it would be fun to have a white-on-white party so that the confetti would play a big roll with its pop of color but I think these poppers would also look super cute in orange or yellow or whatever color you choose to be the theme of your party. You could even make a printed strip saying something like “Let’s find out!” or “What will it be?” and wrap it around the poppers.


There are a million ways you could customize these to fit your celebration. Now who’s going to have a baby so I can make you some of these?!!

Update: yup, there is an interesting discussion going on in the comments section. I think everyone is making valid points and pushing the conversation forward. I think if we were to get a “Do Over” for this party idea, I would suggest that any color confetti be used and the symbols for female and male be marked on the confetti to identify the sex, not gender of the child. I actually think this would make this idea more creative and fun.


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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • sanbikinoraion

    May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I don’t want to grouse — well, okay, I probably do — but. But. Really? We have parties for these things now? And it’s still blue for boys and pink for girls and what shape their bits are is still important because we care and that’s going to shape their future due to ongoing overly-fixed-notions-of-gender that are supported by every tiny article on the web like this? Can’t we get on with inventing and promoting some gender-neutral pronouns instead?


    • Isabel


      May 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Dear sanbikinoraion,

      I am sorry that what was meant to be a fun post has caused you “rage.”

      I hear what you’re saying and I think you make some good points about the traditional association of colors to genders and also a focus on the baby’s gender. Pregnancy is a fun time for lots of expectant families and finding more ways to celebrate it (including gender reveal parties) has become important to them.

      Also, are you new to our site? Doesn’t look like you have ever commented before. See, we cover fun topics and serious ones too at Alpha Mom. If you’re new, please poke around and see for yourself.

      Founder of

  • J

    May 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I like these parties; they are very fun — and gender is important! 🙂 Our male/female differences are also a natural, wonderful difference between us, and diversity is part of what makes the world an interesting place. So let’s party! 🙂 Nice post, Brenda & Isabel.

    • allison

      May 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Just for the record, J, these parties reveal the sex of the baby, not the gender.

      I am torn because on one hand, I think the idea of these parties is kind of fun, especially if the parents-to-be are in the dark about it too (i.e. having a trusted friend take care of the ‘surprise’ part).

      But on the other hand, I agree with sanbikinoraion…there are just way more interesting things about my kid than what’s between her legs, and I don’t get the obsession with it during pregnancy. I mean, I know babies don’t have much else TO them as newborns anyway, but I don’t know, it’s all just so base. People just focus on it in this huge way, as though the XX or XY chromosomes are the most exciting thing in this new little person’s life.

      Anyway, I could go on about it. But I do think these poppers are a cute idea.

      • Makenna

        June 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        I think it’s so ridiculous that a fun idea for a baby celebrating party has to turn into a debate about gender neutrality etc. It is exciting, and there are gender differences that should be celebrated. Just because parents celebrate the fact that they are having either a boy or a girl doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t have celebrated just as much if they got the other gender.

        Also, sex and gender are the same thing.

  • Sarah

    May 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I wish I had been blessed with even just a fraction of your party-planning prowess and imagination!

  • Ally

    May 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I just went to a gender reveal party where the grandmother filled cupcakes with pink icing. It was so amazing to see my friend’s reaction when she bit in!

  • Jana

    May 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Look, we aren’t talking politics on here or politically correct terms. We are talking boy babies and girl babies! What else can differentiate them to let people know what it’s going to be. For goodness sakes, if you don’t like fru fru stuff don’t go the sites. Please. Thank you!

  • Shannon

    January 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    We are currently expecting our second baby and are looking forward to revealing the gender of our “new addition” to our family and close friends. We had a fun 20 member “audience” at the ultrasound of our first when we found out she was a girl and everyone is asking what we are going to do to celebrate the second. I LOVE the idea of poppers and personally appreciate the DIY tutorial. Thank you!

  • Jenn

    June 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    We are finding out tomorrow if we’re having a boy or girl and I’ve been searching for ideas on how to reveal to our families (who both live states away from us) so we wanted to capture it in photos! I think this idea would be really fun, and its not the same as everyone else! I do have a question? When you pull them apart does the confetti just sort of slip out?
    I think it’s a lovely and super fun idea to celebrate finding out a major part of who your child will
    Be! Soon after I can start my registry!

  • Shani

    December 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    How are these to be opened? Do they pull the ends?

    • Brenda Ponnay

      September 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Yes! Super easy.  🙂

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