More and more venues are insisting n bio-degradable confetti these days which, while great for the environment, can leave a big dent in your budget. A quick online search and, on average, it’s costing £1.10 per guest. Now that doesn’t sound like much but when you multiply it by 60 it’s another expense you don’t need when you could just as easily do it yourself.
Our ceremony venue insisted on real petal confetti to protect the wildlife in the grounds. We were completely on board with this rule but we didn’t want to sacrifice those amazing confetti shots for the price of buying commercially dried petals. I’d dried and pressed flowers in the past so I didn’t see how hard it could be to make my own – especially as we were getting married in the countryside surrounded by wild and, most importantly, free flowers!
The three most important factors in drying your own petal confetti are space, time and patience. The process itself is incredibly easy when you know how but you will have to do it a lot to get enough for every guest. Here I show you how to dry rose petal confetti but there is no limit to what flowers you can dry depending on what colour and look you want. Roses are great because they retain their rich colour and scent but I’d encourage you to have a play, once you’ve mastered the method, and let me know how you get on!
YOU WILL NEED:
Flowers (3 roses make approximately 1 handful of confetti)
Silica gel sachets (the ones you find in a new handbag are ideal!)
Newspaper – or any other absorbent paper
Whether you are using flowers from the garden, hedgerow or supermarket the first step is always the same – enjoy them! You can dry your petals at any point, so long as they haven’t wilted too much. Below is a guide of when your petals are usable.
To de-head your flower, hold the flower head firmly in your dominant hand – for me it’s my right. Take hold of the stem about an inch from the flower head with your other hand. Gently twist the flower head and stem in opposite directions and then pull the stem gently away. You should be left with the petals in one hand and the stem in the right. If you are struggling with this method you can just remove each petal individually.
Peel off each petal, one at a time. They should fall off easily if you gently pull them outwards. Don’t worry if you tear any petals – once dried you won’t be able to tell.
Keep peeling away all the petals and then repeat this process for the rest of your flower heads.
Once you have removed all petals from your flower heads lay them out on your newspaper to dry. It is best to do this in a warm, dry location where there is no breeze. A conservatory is ideal, airing cupboard even better, but be careful when opening doors that they don’t fly everywhere. I learnt this lesson the hard way! You petals ideally should no be touching as this will slow the process down but if you’re tight on space you can put them all in a large newspaper lined tray – just make sure you turn the petals as often as possible to ensure an even drying (this process may take longer to dry one batch)
Dry your petals for at least 3 days. The longer you dry them the longer they will last. They shouldn’t need more than one week but if they still feel very soft or wet to touch then dry them for longer. Some petals will never completely dry out – which is why the next stage is very important.
Once your petals are completely dry put them into an airtight container. Add your silica gel packets to the container – these will help suck out any extra moisture – and then store in a dark dry place – the back of a cupboard in the hall is ideal. By keeping the petals in a dark place you won’t bleach them or expose them to too much heat which can cause condensation. By storing them in a dry place you ensure the petals stay dried and don’t decompose.
You can store your petals almost indefinitely if you use this method. Mine were stored for over a year and were absolutely fine. Over time the scent and colour may change, especially if they are exposed to sunlight so don’t worry if this happens – it’s natural. Literally.
This is by far the best stage! Enjoy your confetti moment – you earned it!
I’d love to know how you get on so don’t forget to tag #tilidiy and @til_i_diy on Instagram and I’ll share even my favourites!