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FETTI® Facts - Confetti 101

We believe that an informed customer can make the best decision concerning Flutter Fetti® and streamer effects for their event, whether it concerns a small gathering or a 100,000-seat stadium venue. There are more scientific calculations in the design of Flutter Fetti® and Streamer effects than you can imagine. There are many colors, styles, processes, and options available.

Although price is an important factor, having the "special effect" you desire that creates the reaction you want is of the utmost importance. Ease of use, how long the effect will last in the air, how it appears on the floor, and other points covered in the confetti questions and answers below should be taken into consideration when deciding on not only the special effect you want but which company can offer you all your event needs.

Why should we buy Flutter FETTI® products over other confetti products offered on the Internet?

The company Flutter FETTI® started in 1997 by the Master Confettiologist, Jim Watkins. He invented almost all the products you see on our website. Flutter FETTI products have been sold in 67 countries and every state of the Union. Flutter FETTI is the oldest U.S. preferred manufacturer of confetti and streamer special effects Worldwide. We have many competitors who copy Jim's products but clients know that if they want "Spectacular Quality Beautiful Special Effects'' they always buy from Flutter FETTI.

What is the difference between traditional confetti and Flutter FETTI®?

Traditional confetti is made from hole punch discards from paper companies, basically a byproduct. Flutter FETTI® is manufactured using "Proprietary Manufacturing Specifications" specifically designed so our products will work the first time EVERYTIME delivering a floating confetti effect. Due to its rectangular, aerodynamic shape, it virtually defies gravity as it floats, flutters, and flies slowly toward earth. When it lays on the floor, Flutter FETTI creates a festive appeal and mood. Traditional confetti tends to look like trash.

I've never used these products before. How do I know they will work?

Any product you buy should be made with "ease of use" in mind, meaning it was designed simply for a new user. Each Special Effect you buy should come with INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE of that particular product. Flutter FETTI® has a set of written instructions that goes out with every product we sell. Plus almost all our products have YouTube videos on YouTube which you can view or on our website ( showing our products in action and showing you exactly how to use them. Plus we offer 24/7 FREE technical support.

Is the confetti "wrapped" and why is that important?

The term "wrapped" describes the process in which each small bundle of Flutter FETTI® is wrapped in a light tissue. This wrapping holds the bundle together longer after it is ejected from the launching barrel or tube. Since the bundle stays together longer, the Flutter FETTI achieves the highest height possible, which extends the FETTI's "hangtime," prolonging the effect. For outdoor stadium situations when the FETTI needs to be launched 100 feet into the air, we double wrap it. Wrapping is part of Flutter FETTI's process when custom making our FETTI products. Although wrapping FETTI during the production process takes more labor and effort, at Flutter FETTI, we believe there is only one way to produce an effect: the BEST it can possibly be.

Why is it important to use a U.S. Patented Effect?

A U.S. Patent or a U.S. Trademark on any type of product is not an easy thing to get. The product must be invented, be new, unique and have systematic exact specifications. The Mark must not have any other in the industry. It must be authorized by the U.S. Trademark office. The process for producing Flutter FETTI® U.S. Patented or Trademark products must be unique, scientific, and precise. The weight of tissue, the wrapping, the number of tissues to a bundle, and the exact shape of the tissue (for extreme hang-time) are all crucial to our products' ability to provide the best effect possible.

At Flutter FETTI® we are proud of the imagination, ingenuity, effort, and expense that went into our products which some currently have a U.S. patent, U.S. Patent Pending or a trademark issued to them.

  • Flutter FETTI®
  • FETTI®
  • Flutter FETTI® Confetti Sticks (U.S. Patent Pending)
  • Wedding FETTI (U.S Patent Pending)
  • Flutter Flickers (U.S.Patent Pending)
  • Neon "Glow in the Dark" tubes filled with Neon "Glow in the Dark FETTI under black light (U.S. Patent Pending)
  • Co2 trigger Piercing Unit (U.S. Patent number #10,222,169B2) THIS PIERCING UNIT WILL NOT LEAK!
  • Finger Slingers (U.S. Patent #7,666,056)
  • FireCracklers® (U.S. Patent #6,776,684 B1)

There are many foreign made imitators and knock offs, BUT BUYER BEWARE! They don't stand up in product design, which affects ease of use, dependability and the quality of the "special effect" display of Flutter FETTI products.

What is a Speed Load tube and why does Flutter FETTI package their products that way?

When using launchers during an event or presentation, how quickly the launcher can be reloaded and used is key to rapid-fire success. Many of our competitors will sell products for launchers in a plastic poly bag. Loading a launcher from a plastic bag can be difficult, wasteful, time consuming, and aggravating. Although it's a cheaper way to do it, we don't believe in plastic bag loading. At Flutter FETTI® most products that we sell for launchers come in a speed-load tube (unless you specifically ask for our products to be loaded in a poly bag.) Speed-load tubes are clear plastic tubes that the product can slide quickly from and into the launcher barrel to make FETTI® or Streamers ready for the next shot in the shortest amount of time.

Are late minute orders a problem when ordering our products?

The event planning business is one in which late orders are typical and can present challenges. It would be nice if all orders were placed two weeks out, but that is unrealistic in our business. Often, our competitors take this opportunity to charge extra for late or "rush" orders. Late orders offer our Confettiologists the opportunity to really shine. Not only do we relish the challenge and opportunity to have your order "custom made" and delivered on time, but sometimes we miss the FEDEX pick up time so we have to drive all the way to the FEDEX station to get your products delivered on time. If it means we stay late at our factory to get you your order completed, and shipped on time so be it. When we keep you happy, you'll be back.

Is shipping a revenue source for the Company?

Sometimes the shipping charge you pay at other companies is more than the actual shipping charge they pay. At Flutter FETTI® "We want to Flutter FETTI the World!" so we ship your products to you at the lowest shipping cost.

Is on-time delivery Guaranteed?

Guaranteeing on-time delivery sounds good, but what does it really mean? To other companies, it means they'll do their best to get you their product on time. To us at Flutter FETTI®, it means IF YOUR ORDER DOESN'T GET TO YOU IN TIME, WE'LL TAKE IT BACK. Other than weather related delays, we GUARANTEE delivery. We cannot be held accountable for Mother Nature. We have a great working relationship and a great discount with FEDEX. We pass our discount onto you. We have the utmost confidence we will ship your order on time to meet your need date!

Are all Fetti® products Biodegradable Flame retardant?

NOT all TISSUE AND METALLIC Confetti and Streamer products on the market today are biodegradable and flame proof UNLESS you buy them from Flutter FETTI®. At our own expense, ALL our tissue and metallic film products are dipped in a flame-retardant bath before processing. This ensures that they will not ignite, keeping you and your event safe. All our tissue is biodegradable since it's made from wood pulp. It doesn't dissolve instantly but it will dissolve depending how often it gets wet.

Are the Fetti® products toxic if eaten? Are they safe?

Most Tissue FETTI® products are non-toxic. Unlike regular confetti or rice at weddings (which can be eaten or injure someone's eyes), Flutter FETTI® tissue is safe for animals and humans. Due to the flame-retardant bath ALL our tissue and metallic products receive, they have a bitter taste, which discourages eating, but they are still non-toxic.

Are there different color options available?

Our Tissue and Metallic film products come in various colors. Our assortment of tissue colors are red, claret, citrus, kelly green, french vanilla, lavender, sky blue, peach, peacock, light gray, turquoise, harvest gold, navy blue, brown, white, parade blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, black and hot pink. When you purchase our wide variety of products you can "custom color" them. Please note, some of our tissu colors do fade if they get wet so please remove tissue Flutter FETTI® colored products immediately after use if they are wet.

We also carry Neon Tissue colors which glow in the dark under black light. (Neon Pink, Neon Yellow, Neon and Green.) Plus White tissue also glows under black light. Our neon tissue colors DO NOT FADE IF THEY GET WET.

Our Metallic Film colors are red, blue, green, purple, teal, white, silver, gold, magenta, orange, and black. We also have PVC Neon colors (Neon Pink, Neon Yellow, Neon Green and Neon Orange) which "glow in the dark" under black light. You can also order a custom color mix of metallic and neon colors. Our favorite metallic film has 8 colors imprinted on both sides of the film. This is a beautiful "Special Effect" in the air!

Our metallic products or our PVC Neon colors DO NOT FADE so no need to remove the products if they get wet.

One thing to keep in mind, concerning color, is the quality of the color your product is made from. After the effect is launched and it lands on the floor, it is important that the colors of the FETTI® are vibrant and solid. Having a washed out see-through color on the floor weakens the effect. At Flutter FETTI®, our tissue is made in the USA which assures all our tissue colors are vibrant.

What about cleaning up, is it difficult?

When people think of traditional confetti, they think small hole punch confetti. But when we think of Flutter FETTI® Confetti and Streamer "Special Effects" we think FUN!! When using Flutter FETTI and Streamers, cleaning up is a simple job. Flutter FETTI® pieces are rectangular in shape and they sweep up or vacuum very easily. They can also be blown with a leaf blower into a corner then simply swept like tree leaves into a bag. Our Streamers are generally 10' or longer so they are very easy to pick up plus many attendees at an event will pick them up and wear them as they dance the night away since the streamer are so beautiful

What is an "Airless Hand Flick Launcher?"

Flutter FETTI® is the ORIGINATOR of all the various sizes of ``Hand flick" tubes (Many companies try to duplicate our products by getting them made in foreigh countries but buyers BEWARE! Those "knock offs" generally DON'T WORK!) The reason is Flutter FETTI® uses "Proprietary Manufacturing Specifications" to "hand make" our Airless Products so they work the first time EVERYTIME!

We have found the competitors who try to knock off our hand flick tubes either fill them too tight so the confetti products won't fly out of the tube or too loose so the confetti falls out of the tube onto the floor once you hold it up into the air disappointing the user at their event.

Why do you have various lengths of the Airless Launchers?

Our Airless Launching System is human powered with a "simple flick of the wrist." Depending on the length of the tube, the Airless System can launch FETTI® or Streamers up to 20' - 35' high and many of the Airless launchers have two shots per tube. The benefits of the Airless System is that they are cost effect, disposable, and easy to use. The tubes come preloaded and absolutely anybody with a wrist can have loads of fun while using them.

The reason we manufacture various size tubes is because venues have various ceiling heights. So we've made them in 6", 9",14" and 18" lengths. Our clients can choose which length tube to use in their venue by the ceiling heights. Each of our various size tubes will add a spectacular special effect in the size of the space they are used in.

Why do you have different handheld Co2 Launchers?

Co2 Launching Systems are made for the more professional show presentations. The reason we designed and made 3 handheld Co2 launchers is for different ceiling heights and venue spaces. Our Co2 Launchers come in various sizes and powers depending on the height needed to launch confetti or streamers.

Our 21" Quarter Turn Launcher can shoot confetti and streamers at different lengths. They shoot Flutter FETTI® products using 12 gram threaded Co2 cylinders. Also depending on how far you want the confetti or streamer products to fly we recommend using a soft foam inside the launcher barrel. We also recommend you put a 1 1/4" cardboard paper cap at the end of the launcher barrel to build compression then use a paper tape which will release the compression cap quickly when you shoot the launcher.

Our Mega Blaster Launcher was designed to shoot our die cut products up to 30' high into the air. We carry a wide variety of die cut products which include, die cut hearts, rose petals, butterflies, apple leaves, circles, and stars. We manufacture them either in tissue or metallic. When you order our die cut products you get thousands of die cut pieces to fill our Mega Blaster launcher barrel. We also recommend you cap and tape the launcher barrel which will help the products fly higher into the air. The Mega Blaster launcher is powered using a 16 gram threaded Co2 cylinder.

Our third hand held Co2 launcher is called a Master Blaster Launcher. It has a 42" long barrel which can accommodate a wide variety of Flutter FETTI products depending on the distance you want the products to fly. For example you can shoot 2 speed load tuces of Flutter FETTI out of it or Corkscrews which will fly straight up into the air 40' high. Or you can shoot 2" X 40' metallic streamers out of it shooting them 85' high into the air so this launcher is very versatile. It too uses compression caps, compression tape and 16 gram threaded Co2 to power it.

Flutter FETTI rents and sells Co2 our launchers which are all made in the USA.

Why do you have so many different types of launchers?

The reason is every event is unique and special. We pride ourselves in assisting our clients in designing a "special effect" which will "WOW!" their audience and offer them "Memorable Moments" which will last a lifetime! Our confettiologists always love to speak with our client to find out about their event so they can recommend the perfect product to them.

One of our newest launching systems is our table top launchers. In fact, we're the only confetti company in the industry which offers table top launchers. You can place them on various tables, design a flower arrangement or part of your decor to wrap around them then fire them off in various sequences using a pre-programmed wireless transformer. Watch the amazement on your guests faces as the table arrangements burst into an exciting surprise special effect!

Do you have an Electric Launcher?

Our X6 Version 3 Electric Launcher is very popular in the industry. In fact, when clients rent them they always call to tell us they never shot off such a great electric launcher so they want to buy it. The reason is it's VERY POWERFUL! It can shoot our 2" X 40' metallic streamers up to 110' high into the air using a 16 gram Co2 cylinder. If your venue has a DMX system the X6V3 electric launcher is compatible with it. Plus if you need to hang the launcher on a lighting grid 7 days before show day the piercing unit on the X6 trigger unit won't leak. We have Co2 screwed into our piecing unit for months and months and it still worked! That' another reason the X6 electric launcher is so popular.

Why did you receive a U.S. Patent for your Co2 Piercing Unit?

The trigger piercing units on Co2 launchers which most of our competitors use sometimes leak So we worked with a designer who manufactured a piercing unit for us which won't leak. This means before you event you can screw in the Co2 into the piecing unit of the trigger hours even days before the event and it will shoot the product off perfectly. This is very helpful for productions which have to hang the launchers days before the show. They can screw in the Co2 and be confident the launcher will work on show day.

Why do you manufacture so many different confetti and streamer special effects?

Every event planner, concert artist, production managers, wedding consultants, theme parks, school graduations want something unique and different at their event so Flutter FETTI® products offer a Wide Variety of Confetti and Streamer Special Effects! We've designed more styles of products than any other manufacturer which razzle and dazzle guests Worldwide!