How-To Flowerfetti

We love that confetti has gone wild in recent years. No longer the domain of just rice and paper. In fact with many wedding venues putting a ban on non-eco friendly confetti, petal power is having a moment.


Take a peek at the pretty petals combined with tissue paper hearts, crocheted flowers and traditional rice at Vela founder, Charlotte’s wedding in Puglia, Italy.

 
And witness Deliciously Ella’s post wedding blooms…

 
Unfortunately, as pretty as petals are, they are moist and can stick together… Guests won’t fancy reaching for the limp petals when the grand, photogenic exit time comes.

So in this Vela Journal post were going to look at how to get the most from your Vela blooms, even after they’ve past their best, by making home-made flower confetti.
 
Flower confetti is not only simple to create, but it can also be made weeks in advance. No last-minute stress! Serve it up in cute paper cones so your guests can have easy access.

For flowerfetti we recommend Vela Letterbox blooms.  They key is a wide variety of petal shapes and sizes, while they are still thin enough to easily dry.

Certain petals, like those of lilies retain much more moisture, so keep that in mind when making your selections. Also note that colourful blooms work best for drying, as shade does fade. White flowers will likely not stay white, and may yellow or brown during the drying process.
 
Materials:
  • Baking sheets
  • Fresh flowers
     
    For the optional cone:
    • Double-sided tape
    • Hole punch
    • Paper
    • Ribbon
    • Scissors
    Directions:
    1. Remove the petals from your flowers. Be sure to pick out seeds and pollen
    2. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper
    3. Spread the petals in a single layer on the baking sheets
    4. Leave in a dry, shaded, room-temperature place for approximately 3-7 days
    5. Make sure the petals are fully dry before removing them from the baking sheets
    6. Place the flowerfetti in plastic freezer bags for storage
    7. For a quicker method:
    8. Preheat oven to 40 degrees centigrade
    9. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper
    10. Spread the petals in a single layer on the baking sheets.
    11. Place the baking sheets in the oven
    12. Check them every 15 minutes and be sure to turn the petals over as they dry
    13. When fully dry, remove from oven and let cool
       
      For the paper cones & tags:
      1. Start with a square piece of 30cm X 30cm paper
      2. Cut the paper in half diagonally
      3. Roll the paper into a cone shape and tape accordingly
      4. Punch two holes on either side of the cone
      5. Tie the ribbon through the holes to make a handle for your flowerfetti-throwing guests!
      6. To create the tags, simply cut out heart shapes from your same paper, punch a hole at the top, and tie to the cone! 
         
        There you have it!

        Remember to share your photos with us by tagging @velaflowers so we can see the magical moment in action!