Confetti Balloon Gender Reveal: How to make your own!

Motherhood, Pregnancy, Special Events
How to Make a Confetti Balloon Pop Gender Reveal

Balloons are a fun and inexpensive way to do a gender reveal.  There are so many ways you can incorporate balloons into your gender reveal.  For Alexie, we did a balloon box that we opened to reveal a bunch of balloons.  This time, we decided to do a confetti balloon pop.

The balloon pop idea went really well with our New Years Eve Gender Reveal Party.  I looked into buying a kit.  A simple kit that consisted of pink and blue confetti and a balloon started at around $15 plus taxes and shipping.  And I hadn’t even paid for helium to blow it up yet!  While not crazy expensive, I don’t really feel like paying that much for a balloon, especially when half the confetti will be thrown out in the end.  But I was in love with the idea. So I set out to make my own for a much better price!

Confetti Balloon Pop Gender RevealI’m one of those people who keep all my tissue paper from presents.  I have a whole box of used paper neatly folded in my closet.  It’s a collection that I’ve built up after years of birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers and Christmases.  I raided my box and grabbed 4 sheets of pink paper and 4 sheets of blue paper.  You can do all one shade but I wanted a couple of shades withing each colour.  I got 2 sheets of a bright dark shade, 1 sheet of a light shade and then a fun textured paper.  The special textured paper adds a little sparkle to the confetti.  I cut up each sheet into small squares, roughly 1″ across.

I was able to a 36″ black balloon for about $4.  It costs me about the same to have it filled with helium.  With my reused tissue paper, my total cost was about $8.  You could even add a special ribbon or tail and still be less than half the cost of a kit.

It was super cute and exciting reveal.  It was so much fun to pop the balloon and see the pink confetti fall out.  Yep, we are having a girl. And the balloon pop reveal was a hit with everyone at our party.


  • How to Make Your Own Confetti Gender Reveal Balloon1 36″ Black Balloon
  • 4-6 feet of Ribbon
  • 4 of each blue and pink tissue paper (use multiple shades for best results)
  • Funnel, cardboard tune or cut off the top of a water bottle to make it easier to stuff the balloon
  • Glitter (if you desire)
  • helium
  • Optional: extra ribbon, tassels, something extra fun for the tail


  1. How to Make Your Own Confetti Gender Reveal BalloonCut all sheets of tissue paper into 1” square confetti.
  2. Use a funnel, cardboard tube or the top of a water bottle to stuff your balloon with the appropriate colour tissue paper.
  3. Add approximately 1 tbsp of glitter if you so desire.  (we decided not to add glitter because we were doing it indoors.  But the glitter is great if you are popping it outside)
  4. Inflate with helium.  DO NOT use the liquid sealant that some places offer.  It’ll make everything wet and sticky and it won’t float nicely.
  5. Tie off your balloon and add a ribbon.  You can add a special tail, tassel or fringe to make it extra special.
  6. When it’s time, hold it up high for a dramatic reveal and pop with a pin!  Remember to set your camera to blast! Surprise!How to Make Your Own Confetti Gender Reveal Balloon

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  • Reply
    Bonnie Maddoux
    February 7, 2017 at 11:28 am

    my worrynis what if the confetti tissue paper sticks to the inside of the balloon and doesn’t go everywhere like we want?

    • Reply
      February 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      This was a concern of mine too. I did test it out. As long as the tissue paper is dry and the inside of the balloon is dry, you won’t have any problems. If you use helium avoid the sealing gel (that might give you some problems). If you want to blow it up with regular air, use a balloon pump to keep the inside as dry as possible. As long as everything is dry, you’ll have a great reveal!

  • Reply
    June 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Does the baloon float nicely or do you have to hold it up kike in the picture?

    • Reply
      June 17, 2017 at 7:38 am

      It floats beautifully with helium. We did that for our actual reveal. I’m holding this one because it’s filled with air to get a better picture for the article.

  • Reply
    Tisha Jones
    July 4, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Where did you find the balloons? Because everywhere I’ve been looking has pretty expensive balloons…

    • Reply
      July 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      I bought these on Amazon as a pack and split the cost with a friend who was also doing one. But I’ve seen them at PartyCity. (We got a party city about a month after this post)

  • Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Could you use any other type of confetti for the inside or only paper?

    • Reply
      September 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      I’m sure you could use something different. I’ve seen it done with glitter. As long as it’s small and light, I don’t see why not!

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