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Making your own confetti

parma violets, 28 July 2014 at 22:03 Posted on Planning 2 23
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I had a go at making my own confetti today and thought I would share my experiences. I used a £2:50 bunch of roses from Asda with 10 heads. I separated these, laid them on grease proof paper and then cooked the petals on gas mark 1 checking them regularly. From the heads I got approx 1/2 litre or 1 pint of petals. So it will cost £5:00 for 1 litre instead of £15 online. I am keeping an eye out for reduced flowers so hopefully it will be less than that. The light pink flowers go a lot darker and the yellow looks good. Hope this I'd helpful.

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Latest activity by Lucy, 9 May 2021 at 18:53
  • pammy67
    Beginner April 2015
    pammy67 ·
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    Wonderfully helpful thank you so very much!!! I might give this a go. Problem I have is both my ovens are fan ovens - even the one in the mocrowave has a fan. Is it likely to blow them around? I'd love to try it.

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  • P
    Beginner August 2014
    parma violets ·
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    I think I might blow them a little. Maybe try with the petals form one head and see. If not my mum has taken to the laying them on paper towels approach. Although a little slower, it does seem to be working well. The hot weather is helping speed up the process or some people put them in the airing cupboard. Good luck x

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  • Paula @ Ollievision
    Paula @ Ollievision ·
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    I discovered how expensive confetti is last week! I'm looking at my empty garden borders and considering planting a load more rose bushes and producing confetti myself.

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  • S
    Beginner November 2014
    Smithette2b ·
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    Oh thanks for this! I was thinking of doing my own and I will now! Once they're dried will they last, sorry if that's a silly question, lol!

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  • Barnett2015
    Beginner April 2015
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    I was wondering about this! You've explained it very well. What a good idea. I had considered buying confetti but you've changed my mind.

    Will get asking my mum and aunt to save their petals!

    Do you think pressing them in a heavy book between kitchen roll would work?

    (Did anyone have a flower press when they were little?? with the screws in the corner?)

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  • Lightworks Photography
    Lightworks Photography ·
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    Great idea! I would try to make much more than you think you will actually need - photographs always look great with lots of confetti and everyone always enjoys throwing great big satisfying hand fulls!

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  • bex_boo
    Beginner August 2014
    bex_boo ·
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    My Mum has been making some for me too. Snips the heads off the roses - but you must do this on a dry day, in the middle fo the day so no moisture in the roses if they are from the garden. Then lay them on kitchen roll, and leave them to dry out in the air.

    I did some and popped them in a Pyrex dish (to keep them all in one place) on some kitchen towel, and left it on the window sill. Within a couple of days they were dried out nicely.

    If you've got the roses in your garden, or a neighbour will let you pinch theirs it's super cheap, and a nice touch to say you made it.

    Happy crafting!

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  • P
    Beginner August 2014
    parma violets ·
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    I have found pink and yellow petals look better then white ones. I read somewhere that you could press them between books. I only have 2 weeks left which is why I am cooking them Smiley smile I managed to get 4 bunches today for £1.50 each. So it is definitely working out cheaper. It is not perfect but I think I prefer the personnel touch.

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  • P
    Beginner August 2014
    parma violets ·
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    You an crunch/break them unto smaller pieces. You can use other petals which is how you get the on treats in size. I don't think they would lays until next summer. You could make a small trial batch and see how long it lasts.

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  • 1234ABC
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    I made my own confetti out of rice paper. We had a winter themed wedding so i got a couple of different sized snowflake shaped punches and sat with my chief bridesmaid and we made enough for all our guests. It was quite effective when it was thrown at us and it looked like it was snowing! But you can always get different types of punches and do the same sort of thing!

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  • RusticBride15
    Beginner June 2015
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    I love this!! I don't get married till next June but will definitely be trying this out, I couldn't believe the price of confetti when I looked into it..

    ❤️

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  • jen-lou
    Super July 2016
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    I know this may seem an odd comment, but we have a binding machine in work and it punches small rectangle holes into the paper, I often empty the machine and always think for a very cheap alternative this could work. It wouldn't be as pretty as petals, but it's always an option.

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  • B
    Beginner September 2014
    beckimas ·
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    This is a fantastic idea!! I'm definitely going to do this. How are you planning on displaying the petals for guests?? Does that question even make sense?! Lol! I mean....will you have the petals in individual bags, one for each guest, or will you have a basket somewhere where people can just take a handful. I'm sure all the weddings I've been to I've always missed the confetti part Smiley smile

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  • W
    Beginner November 2014
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    Do you mind me asking when your wedding is? I'm trying to work out how long the confetti would last.

    My parents have a garden full of roses so I'd like to give it ago but my wedding isn't for another 4 months!

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  • S
    Beginner October 2014
    Soon2b_MrsB ·
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    I been looking at prices online but now I think I'll defo make this my self... My wedding is 18th October whe would you suggest I start drying petals out?

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  • P
    Beginner August 2014
    parma violets ·
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    I am going to make paper dollie cones to put them in. If you google there are loads of pictures. I saw some dollies today at £1 for 60 so pretty cheap but still pretty. I will then place them in a basket.

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  • P
    Beginner August 2014
    parma violets ·
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    Just to say that yesterday's batch had larger petals and did not shrink as much. I would say I got approximately 7 pints/ 3.5 litres from the four bunches! I now have a large cake box filled with petals all for £8.50. I am going to get a few more bunched of pink roses to brighten it. As despite only having one cream bunch there seems to be hundreds of petals.

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  • bex_boo
    Beginner August 2014
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    It's 24th August. Apparently, my Mum has been doing the petals for a while, and storing them away, so I think 4 months they will last absolutely fine. They may lose a teeny tiny bit of colour, so as ParmaViolets said, I'd go for the ones that maintain the colour best of all to improve longevity. But they will be nice and dry and crispy. Just keep them away from moisture as much as possible when dried and drying.

    Just remember if you're cutting them from the garden, they do need to be dry and free from morning dew and rain. Lay them out so they're not touching and let them dry on the window ledge.

    If your parents have a lovely garden full of the roses (and don't mind you pinching them) then go for it and give it a little try. If some go a little brown on the edges you can discard them or keep them in anyway. A few of mine have a teeny bit of brown at the edge but I think that just makes them more natural looking.

    Someone else on here asked about how to display them - you could do whatever you wanted, pop them in cones, or in a basket for example and people can take a cone or a handful to throw.

    Someone else asked what you do with them when dry - I've left mine whole, not crunched them up, but again, you could do whatever you wanted with them.

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  • xoxoxo2017
    Beginner May 2017
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    What a great idea!!! I was gobsmacked at the cost of confetti... I think my venue only allow biodegradable confetti too so this would be great! I have a fan oven,,,,,

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  • W
    Beginner November 2014
    Wife In Training ·
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    Thanks Bex!

    I've now taken to watching rose petals dry on the window ledge whilst OH is working late!! This is after one day in the conservatory!


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  • S
    Beginner October 2014
    Soon2b_MrsB ·
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    I'm going to give this try!!

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  • bex_boo
    Beginner August 2014
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    Yay!! Look at them drying up nicely, they are a fab colour, almost two-tone, they will look splendid!

    Happy crafting everyone. x

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  • Lucy
    Beginner April 2022 Norfolk
    Lucy ·
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    Making your own confetti 1
    I've been making my own confetti from flowers in the garden, just as they begin to turn I pick them and dry them in the microwave between two bits of kitchen roll, I start with 30 seconds until I find the right amount of time. Somethings come out nice others don't, trial and error
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