Making your own confetti couldn’t be more easy and costs nothing but a little time. Natural petal confetti is biodegradable and completely eco-friendly, and is proving very popular among do-it-yourself Brides.
One photograph that I would love to get right in our wedding album, is the confetti shot. Over the past two months I have been preparing our confetti and storing it away safely from the boys.
If you have been thinking about making your own confetti, then see for yourself just how easy it is…
Gather your petals
Some of the best petals to use for confetti are those from Delphiniums, Wildflowers, Lavender, Roses or Hydrangea. You might also want to consider daisies, sunflowers and buttercups. Basically, see what flowers catch your eye and consider the colours that you might like to include.
So far, my collection includes a variety of mixed colour petals taken from Lilies, Roses, Hydrangea and Geraniums. I also plan on adding a collection of wildflowers.
Drying the petals
Microwave drying petals – I have been drying my petals using the microwave method.
Cover a microwaveable plate with some kitchen paper towel and place your petals down so that they are not touching each other. Dependent on the petal size/type, drying time will vary. To give you an idea, large rose petals take roughly 50 seconds on 800w and small hydrangea petals take 20-30 seconds. Basically, ding them until they feel dry, it’s all about trial and error.
Oven drying petals – Cover a baking tray with grease-proof baking paper. Spread any petals out on it so they are not touching each other. Then put them in the bottom of a warm oven to dry out. You will need to keep an eye on the petals as the drying time will depend on the oven temperature and petal size/type.
Air-drying – If you can wait a few days for the petals to dry, then this method is probably best. Put some tissue or kitchen roll on top of a baking tray and spread out your petals. Then put them somewhere warm to dry out, i.e. in a warm airing cupboard.
Storing the confetti
Dried petals are easy to store. Leave them in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight and away from any moisture. Any light will fade your petals, whilst humidity allows the petals to biodegrade.
I have been storing mine in the back of a cupboard and all remains well, thankfully.
Making your own Confetti Cones
Here is a super quick and easy, make-your-own confetti cone tutorial. Just to give you an idea, it took me about 15 minutes to make my first ever 20 cones.
What you need…
- Paper / thin card – I bought a premium paper pad from The Works for £3. Contains 48 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided card.
- Double sided tape / glue
- Our card sheets were 30cm x 30cm, so I simply cut each sheet into four squares of 15cm x 15cm each. My cones are made up of different pink/grey card designs.
- Choose one corner of your card to be the point and fold over to the opposite corner. Mold into a cone shape and then open the card back out.
- Tape or glue down one side of the paper, before folding back into the cone shape and sticking down firmly.
- Decorate or personalise as you wish and display the cones in a basket along with your DIY confetti, so that your guests can help themselves.
My confetti and cones ready with just 13 days to go…
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