One of the simplest things you can make for your wedding is confetti. There are hundreds of tutorials on how to create the perfect colour combination using paper, but wedding venues are frequently adapting a ‘biodegradable only’ approach (and who can blame them?). Here we’re showing you how to create your very own biodegradable confetti.
This is one of the easiest ways to make biodegradable confetti. If your wedding takes place in the summer months, you can simply pick the petals from the flowers in your garden. If you’re getting married in a less flowery month, you’ll need to dry the petals.
You’ll still need to collect your flowers when they are in full bloom to get the best results. Remove the petals from the flower and choose your drying method. The three most popular methods are: Sun drying, Oven drying, and Hanging.
To sun dry your petals pop them on a tray in the sunshine. You’ll need to make sure they’re fully spread out, and that you have a particularly sunny day, otherwise you could end up with a pile of mush!
To oven dry your petals place them on a baking try and put them in the oven for 10 minutes, or until they’re crispy. You’ll need to make sure that there are no bugs on your petals before you try this method – cleaning a bug-filled oven is not an easy task!
To hang your petals you’ll need time and a place to put them. Bunch your flowers with an elastic band, then hang them upside down on a curtain rail or in a cupboard – somewhere where there’s a flow of air. Your petals could take a week or so to dry out, and try not to touch them before they have.
When you have your dried petals pop them in pretty packaging ready for your big day.
If you’re looking for a more traditional style confetti, small shapes is the way to go. To make it biodegradable you’ll still need to dry petals or use leaves that are around at the time of your wedding.
Collect the material of your choice (we love a combination!) and purchase a cutter in the shape you’d like. You can get these online, or at stores such as Hobby Craft and The Range. Start punching! We recommend punching your confetti directly onto a piece of paper or jug to help pour it into the cones – collecting it off carpets is tricky.
For more wedding tips and inspiration take a look at our next post, How To Choose Your Wedding Guest List.