Thursday, 21 August 2014

Homemade Confetti

Homemade Confetti

I probably should have done this before the summer so you could have it for the big wedding season but never mind. Here is an easy way to make your own flower confetti.

This is perfect for most churches now as they don't really like you using confetti that doesn't degrade. 
This can be made from most types of flower petals, you need ones that are bright in colour as the colour can drain slightly is you are drying them in sunlight.

To start you need petals. Bloomed flowers are best for this, so ones that are just going over, as the petals are all out and open. If you are using garden flowers, good on you! These are free and are a great source for home projects. I noticed on a walk that nature gives us lots of free things and scattered on the pavement are fallen petals and leaves that can all be used for this confetti. Why not go for a walk and see what you can collect.

I have used Rose petals in this explanation as that is what I had, these are the best in my opinion but flowers like Delphinium, Larkspur, Hydrangea, Lavender, Stocks and many more are equally as beautiful. One thing to point out is that the drying process shrinks the petals, but this doesn't  matter, it still brings another dimension to the confetti.

Simply take the petals and place on a piece of greaseproof/ brown paper on a tray or some kind of hard board.

Lay them out so that they are not overlapping but you can put them close to each other as they shrink. 

Now place them somewhere warm. A windowsill is great for this as the natural heat from the sun dries the petals, they do loose some of their colour though this way, but it makes a lovely pastel country confetti. You could place them in an airing cupboard as this would have a great source of constant warm and also flowers keep their colour better if dried in the dark. I have done mine over the top of a radiator in winter months as my radiators are wide and I can fit a long thin strip down them. Also places like conservatories can be good and the tops of AGAs as a friend of mine did.

You will need to leave the petals for at least a week depending on the heat source. Radiators are the hottest so take the quickest, but you will know when they are ready as you will see they have a crisp texture and feel very fragile.

Now, you can either collect the petals and keep them whole for a larger effect, or I like to break them down slightly so you can see a good colour mix. You can do this with your hands or just chop them with scissors. 

Then Scatter!! 

Post by Emily


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