Natural petal confetti is the way to go for your wedding as most venues don’t allow the paper version. Natural petal confetti is biodegradable, natural (of course!) and completely eco-friendly. This time of year is perfect for making it – July sees most flowers in full bloom in all their glory, especially roses, the staple 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 round the garden and see what catches your eye – roses are an obvious choice but also consider daisies, buttercups, sunflowers, to name but a few. You may find it will be a bit of trial and error as some petals may lend themselves to drying better than others. You could even throw a few herb leaves into the mix, such as sage or basil.
I chose the roses above for making my confetti and added a few poppy petals and daisies and buttercups.
Now the fun bit!
How to Dry the Petals to Make Confetti
Using an Aga to make natural petal confetti – I am lucky enough to have an old Aga, so I chose to make the confetti using that means. 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, warming oven to dry. Length of time for this will depend on how hot your oven is and the petals you have chosen. I left mine in for 15 minutes or so.
Once you are happy with how they look, take them out of the oven to cool down. You will see how they have changed colour a bit.
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. I do not have a microwave so I can’t say how long you will need to microwave them for, so a bit of trial and error if using this method!
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. 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!
Let us know how you get on – we’d love to see your natural confetti ideas!
Written by Teresa Sinclair