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How to make natural confetti

10 October 2018
Now is the time to start looking ahead to those weddings in 2019. Why not make your own confetti?
Natural petal confetti is the way to go for your wedding as most venues will not allow non-biodegrade-able. Natural petal confetti is biodegradable and completely eco-friendly.
July sees most flowers in full bloom in all their glory, especially roses, the staple content of most confetti.
Making your own confetti is cheap, the resources are in your garden (or a friend or relative’s garden if you live in a flat!) and, best of all, it’s free!  The only cost is a little bit of your time.

Get your Petals

Have a wander around the garden and see what catches your eye – roses are an obvious choice but also consider daisies, buttercups, herbs such as rosemary, sage, borage. You may find it will be a bit of trial and error as some petals may lend themselves to drying better than others.

How to Dry the Petals to Make Confetti

Grab yourself a baking tray and cover with grease-proof baking paper.  Spread the petals out on it so they are not touching each other.  Then put in the bottom of the oven to dry.  Length of time for this will depend on how hot your oven is (keep below gas 3 or 100 degrees) and the petals you have chosen. Keep checking them every 15 mins or so.
Dehydrating petals – if you have a dehydrator, you can dehydrate your petals that way.  Follow your dehydrator’s instructions and keep checking to make sure they are not getting too dry!
Microwave drying petals – a microwave can also be used to dry the petals.
Air-drying – if you can wait a few days for the petals to dry, then this method is for you! 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, or even in a warm airing cupboard.

Result – Natural Petal Confetti!

Finally – pretty petal confetti!  Store in paper bags or plastic containers – anything where the petals will be kept dry and airtight.  Then, on the Big Day, put the petals into cones or baskets, or however, you are planning to display them and get your guests to throw the love!

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