Home Made Dried Confetti and a Summer Potpourri Recipe.
Biodegradable and Eco-Friendly. Its easy and fun to make. Why not try your hand at Natural Dried Confetti.
It is completely natural and most important so very pretty: If stored in a cool dry place it can last up to a year.
I have used Roses but other flowers work well too. Try Delphiniums, Hydrangea's, and Dahlia's.
Choose flowers in full bloom. Using petals that are turning brown at the edges will result in them turning very brown once dried so avoid at all costs.
Take petals off the rose or whatever flower you are using.
Line a microwave safe plate with a sheet of paper towel.
Lay your petals in a single layer facing up on a paper towel.
Lay another sheet of paper towel on top in a single layer.
Put in the microwave on high. Here you will need to experiment as each microwave is different so start with 800watts for 1min 30 seconds. Then short bursts of 30 seconds until they are no longer damp. Make sure they are completely dry before removing and store in a sealed container until your Wedding Day.
HOW FAR WILL IT GO
One litre gives around six handfuls so 30 guests will need 6 litres.
Half a litre of petals will do approx one metre if you wish to scatter them down the isle
Tip... Red petals could stain clothing if they get wet.
Or Maybe turn some of the dried petals into Summer Potpourri.
HOW TO MAKE SUMMER POTPOURRI
Here is the list and method for making (Taken from Aromatic Gifts by Stephanie Donaldson).
30g Rose Petals (or your petals from the dried confetti could be used).
50g pink rose buds
50g Lavender flowers dried
30g Lemon Verbens dried
1 tbsp AllSpice
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Cloves
2 tsp gum benzoin
25g finely chopped oak moss
25ml almond oil
10 drops of rose essential oil
5 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops ginger essential oil
Mix dried petals... Rose buds, dried lavender and Verbena in a large bowl.
Then in a separate small bowl mix allspice, gum benzoin and oak moss.
Blend the almond oil with the rose, geranium and ginger oils and pour over the spice mixture.
Mix the Spice and oil blend into the dried flowers.
To Cure... Seal the potpourri in a cellophane bag or lidded earthenware container, shake or stir twice a week. Allow to cure for up to six weeks.