Want to surprise your friends? If you have some party poppers, this is a fun and relatively easy project to do. This project does require some potentially hazardous tools like a hacksaw, and hot glue gun. So before you do this project (If you're a kid) make sure you get an adult's permission.
Step 1: Materials
For this project you will need:
5 Party Poppers
Ice Cream Lid
Empty Plastic Bottle & Cap e.g. Lipton Ice Tea Bottle is perfect
Scribe, Metal Skewer or Exacto Knife
Hot Glue Gun
Pen or Marker
Compass (for drawing circles)
Optional: Paint and Paintbrush
Step 2: Cutting the Bottle
Firstly, mark the bottle about 6 cm from the neck. Use the hacksaw to cut the bottle, making sure to cut it as clean as you can. You can use sandpaper to remove any sharp or rough bits from the end.
Step 3: Cutting the End Disk
Measure the diameter of the bottle, and set the compass to the radius of the bottle (half the diameter). Next, grab your ice cream lid, and use the compass to draw the circle. Cut the circle out, and hold it at the end of your bottle. The circle you have should fit nicely into the end of the bottle.
Step 4: Disassembling the Party Poppers
For this step, we need to get the confetti and the gunpowder out of the party poppers. Start by removing the end piece of cardboard which holds the confetti in. Now, turn the party popper upside down and tap it on the table. The confetti should just fall out. You want to try and keep the confetti in its original neat little discs, but it doesn't really matter if your confetti unravels. Don't panic because it is inevitable that some of it will unravel. Sometimes like what happened to me, some of the confetti i pulled out was already unraveling. Now you will see a second cardboard disc, remove this and you will see a little white cylinder tucked away at the end, this is the gunpowder inside a stick of paper.
Step 5: Extracting the Gunpowder
We don't want the shell or the cardboard disks, but we need the confetti and the gunpowder roll. When you have removed the disks and confetti cut the party popper where the neck starts to get narrower. Now cut around where the gunpowder is, and simply pull it out. If you are really curious, these gunpowder rolls DO explode from impact.
Step 6: Making the Hole in the Lid
Now we're going to use our scribe (or if you don't have one, a metal skewer, knife or anything that has a point and is sharp) to pierce a hole in the lid. You will have to remove the seal in the lid, which will take a little fiddling around before it will just pop out.
Step 7: Gluing the Gunpowder
Gather your 5 gunpowder rolls, and glue them together using the hot glue gun. *IMPORTANT* Make sure to only glue the rolls together, make sure NO glue gets on the strings.
Step 8: Cutting the Second Circle
Measure the diameter of the lid (mine was 3 cm), and once again, use the radius to make a circle on the ice cream lid. Cut the circle out and make sure that it's the right size.
Step 9: Test Assembly
Now, take your sawed off bottle and put some hot glue near the neck. Wait till it has dried and then press the smaller first disk on lightly. It should stay on if you hold it upside down, but fall off with a light tap. Then place the larger second disk at the end and once again, test it with a light tap.
Step 10: Painting (OPTIONAL)
You don't have to do this step, i painted the cap, bottle and both disks.
Step 11: Assembly
For the final building step, start by placing the smaller first disk onto the dried hot glue. Next push all of the confetti in, and then set the larger second disk on top. Screw the bottle lid with the gunpowder rolls on, then you are ready for the last step...
Step 12: Detonation
Now, you finally get to set it off! I used a vice and some pliers to detonate mine because my fingers weren't strong enough, you can try though. Depending on how sensitive your ears are, but i would definitely recommend using ear muffs so you don't hurt your ears. The Mega Party Popper worked well and shot confetti nicely. If you have any questions about how I made this, feel free to ask me in the comments, I will try and get back to you as soon as possible. If you do make this project, click the "I made it" button and send me a picture or video of your Mega Party Popper.
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