Good afternoon Brides and Grooms!
Here at Jam Jar, we love to take things that are a little old and unloved and turn them into something beautiful, and flowers are no exception! Today I've put away our jars and lace and swapped them for petals and brown paper to share an idea with you to help make your confetti displays really special!
There are some superb natural confetti companies out there who can offer you truly beautiful confetti collections for your wedding, but if you're like us and want to have some parts of your day a little more personal - we have a fab idea for you to try...memory petals!
The idea came to me after our daughter Isla's christening. We had a lovely mix of flowers on the tables at her christening reception and I just couldn't bare to throw them away so I decided to make some confetti with them. It turned out so beautifully that now, whenever I get flowers, whether they're from our garden (the top picture is all petals from our ruby rose bush) or if I'm lucky enough to be bought the odd bunch (thanks Mr. Jam Jar!) I dry them and jar them up for our Wedding.
Eventually we'll have a confetti display with a lovely collection of different petal groups that all have happy memories for us for our guests to choose from - how cute is that!
To make the confetti...
1) Gather your petals. If you're using cut flowers from bouquets, try to take them before they start to go brown or lose their vibrant shades - in my experience about a week after them being put into a vase. If you're using petals from the garden, same rule applies but you can also gather petals from the ground if you catch them the day they've fallen they will still have all of their colour (no-ones gardens are safe in my family now - I go foraging for petals every time I visit!)
2) Prepare your petals. Pull the petals away (roses) or trim them away from the buds/stalks.
3) Air Drying. If you have an airing cupboard - get some trays, lined with baking paper or kitchen roll and lay your petals flat (you can layer them up between sheets of paper) and leave them for about 3-5 days to dry out.
4) Microwaving. If you're a little impatient or don't have anywhere warm and dark to air dry. Get a microwavable plate or plastic container and do the same as above but for 20 seconds at a time. You might need to shake the petals around between blasts to make sure they're all going at the same rate.
5) Storage. Confetti will keep for years as long as it stays dry and will keep it's colour if it stays dark so grab a paper bag or a plastic storage box and pop your petals in. Don't forget your label to remind you of where the petals came from for your memory label on your big day!
Simple as that! Just keep collecting and you'll soon have enough for all your guests. If you're wondering how much to make - the guidance from the leading confetti company is 1 litre for 10 cones :)
We're doing something special with confetti this week so look out for our next blog post with pictures of our new hireable confetti bar frame - it's gorgeous and not to be missed!
Happy Monday all,