• Natural wedding confetti made from dried flower petals

    Posted on March 9, 2012 by in Dried flowers general, How to dry flowers, Weddings

    Dried flowers are becoming increasingly popular at weddings

    Dried flowers make beautiful, natural & biodegradable confetti

    presenting dried flowers wedding confetti basketDried flowers are now the most popular choice for throwing at weddings. Many venues now ban paper and other non-biodegradable confetti, but dried petals, buds and florets are 100% natural and biodegradable. There is a colour to match almost every scheme, and some of the petal combinations can be breathtaking.

     

     

     

    The best dried flowers to use as confetti

    cornflower mix of dried petalsDried flower confetti can be made from dried lavender, which throws like rice, dried rose petals and tiny rose buds, delphinium petals, hydrangea petals and other dried flowers, either singly or combined in pretty mixes.

    The petal mix shown left is one I call cornflower mix. It contains pale blue dried lavender, pink and burgundy rose petals and vivid blue cornflower petals. Not only pretty, but fragrant too with the freshness of the lavender and the sweetness of the rose petals.

    If you wish to make your own natural petal confetti, many gardens have hydrangeas, rose bushes and lavender. Delphinium spires are readily available at the florist in season. Just bunch together half a dozen of any of these stems in an elastic band and hang upside down in your airing cupboard for at least a week. When dry, strip the petals from the stems, and mix to make a pretty dried flower confetti. More on drying your own flowers.

    Use delphinium petals for the best photos

    throwing delphinium petal confetti laughing

    For lovely wedding photos, you can’t beat delphinium petals in pale colours because they are so weightless they seem to float in the air and are more easily captured on film.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dried flowers as wedding table confetti

    hydrangea petal wedding confetti table

    The photo shows hydrangea petals, but other dried flowers which make good table confetti are – rose buds, prisitine rose petals, or delphinium petals. Whichever dried flowers you choose, they need to be dust-free and withstand close inspection. The quality of each individual bloom will need to be seen (more so than with confetti for throwing), which is why many companies sell premium freeze dried or preserved petals for this purpose.

    See also Making your own confetti cones

     Shopping links

    Buy dried lavender    |   buy rose buds
    buy dried rose petals
       |   buy delphinium petals   |   buy pretty confetti mixes
    buy premium confetti & table confetti   |   buy throwing confetti
    buy cornflower mix   |   buy hydrangea petals

     

6 Responses so far.

  1. JB says:

    I want to start making flower confetti for my daughters wedding next April, but do not have an airing cupbord….how easy is it to use a mircowave? And how would I store them so that they remain useable?

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks for your interest! You don’t need an airing cupboard, you could put your flowers and petals in the garage, spare room or garden shed to dry. They just need to be warm and dry, but seal them up in a box once they are crispy to stop any dirt or pests getting into them. If you have dried the petals thoroughly, stored them somewhere dry out of direct sunlight, and checked for pests, flowers picked this summer may well be useable next April. I don’t recommend microwaving them – I know it can be done, but you are more likely to damage the precious blooms and they won’t last as long.

  2. Bethan says:

    A friend has offered to freeze dry some petals for me in his lab. I am looking for an orange and cream theme and just wanted to know what are the cheapest flowers to use and an approximate quantity for 90 people. Thanks.

    • Ruth says:

      Rose petals are the most commonly used flowers for freeze-drying, and these are available in both orange and cream. I have never done this because of the specialist equipment, but I guess one flower head would produce one handful of petals for confetti, so for 90 people you would need 90 roses. Good luck! Ruth.

      • Patti says:

        I take all the petals of flowers I have bought for the house,when, they are finished gracing my living room.
        Take all the petals off the stems,put them into a paper bag and place on the radiator, they dry in a very short time.I also store in a paper bag .I still have not discovered how to add a scent to the dried flowers.I have been told it is a good idea to add scented oil to the petals. Has anyone got any ideas how to scent the dried petals?