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Natural Petal Confetti
Written by Becks | #How-to-make-confetti
Freshly picked petals from your garden makes wonderful natural confetti; creating a romantic moment and a beautiful photo opportunity as the thrown petals delicately drift and gracefully fall to the ground – a timeless shower of petals.
From primroses, daffodils, tulips, blossom, rose petals, delphiniums, hydrangea and more – there are many different flowers to choose from:
- try and go for seasonal blooms where possible
- select flowers that beautifully co-ordinate with your colour scheme
- pick fresh, first thing in the morning after the dew (or frost) has gone
- avoid petals with blemishes and tears as these will discolour the petals
- always do a test run first to see which petals hold their colour best
How to make natural confetti from flower petals
There are a few options to choose from depending on time available and your preferences:
- Leave the flowers to dry naturally – slowly dehydrates the petals leaving a natural crisp finish to the petals
- Pressed petals – flattens the petals resulting in a paper thin, soft silk finish (this option takes a bit more time but well worth it for the results)
- Fresh petals – if you have time the day before your wedding you can keep fresh petals in the fridge ready for throwing (fresh petals will discolour more quickly). Use small dainty petals – blossom is the perfect choice for Spring!
- Tie the stems together in small bunches with twine or rubber bands.
- Hang the flowers upside down by their stalks in a warm, dry place for around a week, until completely dry
- Once dry remove the petals from the stems and mix together to create your pretty natural confetti
- Place in paper bags or cardboard boxes in a dry place until closer to your day
- Remove the petals whilst the flowers are fresh and thinly scatter them over a layer of paper towels on a tray
- Put the tray in a warm, dry place (a warm airing cupboard is great place) for a around 3 days or until dry
- Once dry place in paper containers and keep in a dry place
- Repeat until you have the desired amount of confetti
- Remove the fresh petals, discarding any blemished ones, and arrange on paper towels, space the petals out so they aren’t touching
- Layer between heavy books or use a large old book and fill different pages with your petals, add a couple more books on top to press the layers together
- Leave them for a week or two then they should be dry
- Remove any discoloured petals and store your natural confetti in a paper container in a dry place
We are head over heels in love with this eco-friendly, savvy, seasonal and personal make, but as the petals are natural, they are not colour fast and might stain if they get wet.
Always check with your venue first if they permit the use of confetti (there’s more chance of it being a ‘yes’ if it is natural and biodegradable confetti).
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