For the purposes of populating my blog I have revisited some old projects from this year so although this isn’t particularly seasonal, it’s a good tutorial and a project that I have repeated again and again.
I have the pleasure of being involved in many weddings through the handcrafted bespoke gifts in my Etsy shop.
I think whenever you give a wedding gift it should show the couple how much you care about them. It should be something that’s chosen with love, and if it’s handmade with a personal touch, specifically for the happy couple, then even better.
When planning for a friend’s wedding in the summer, with my brain on ‘handmade’ overdrive, I started thinking about ways I could bring something individual, made with love and care, to this special day.
We also had a few rain damaged roses which, once they’d spent a day in the sunshine drying out, were ideal for this project. Never again will I think in despair “what can I do with dying flowers?”.
An added advantage of this wonderful confetti – as if it could’t get any better – is that it is completely biodegradable.
Whenever I am invited to a wedding again my homemade confetti will be coming with me!
HOMEMADE CONFETTI TUTORIAL
Step 1 – Choose your flowers. I generally use roses and peonies as the petals seem to dry to a nice crisp finish and they don’t take too long. I tried it with purple Lisianthus but the petals were just too waxy and they didn’t dry out at all. Even if your blooms are on the turn, they’ll still be fine for homemade confetti, as long as they haven’t completely shrivelled up. Brightly colououred blooms, red, burgundy and pink work best.
Step 2 – Line a few baking trays or cardboard boxes / lids with kitchen roll. Gently remove the petals one by one from the flower head. Lay out each petal on the paper towel making sure that the petals do not touch. If they do they will dry together. It will take up quite a bit of kitchen roll to keep them spaced out properly but they can be condensed in the next step.