We’re in the thick of going-to-weddings season at the moment, three down and one to go! And what is a wedding without confetti? I love it, colourful and fluttery and celebratory. But the paper stuff is a nightmare, staining everything and having to be swept up. I much prefer to make my own from flower petals and larkspur are the absolute easiest to use
- Buy (or grow) some beautiful larkspur. Mine are from my friends at Radley Cross Market Garden and they lasted well over a week in the vase.
- When they started to dry out I kept a little water in the vase and carefully moved it to a corner where it wouldn’t get knocked for another week or so. When the petals are completely dry it’s time to make come confetti!
- Lay sheet on the floor to catch the petals, take the larkspur stems, one at a time, and gently start to brush the petals off onto the sheet. If they’re dry enough they will come off easily. If they don’t leave for another few days to dry.
Remove all the coloured petals, then put the stems aside for composting. Spread out the petals and remove any large twiggy bits that may have snapped off. You can mix with some dried lavender flowers at this point if you like, which gives the confetti a wonderful fragrance.
Store in a paper or fabric bag, somewhere cool and dry, until needed.
So easy and so pretty!
You can also use rose petals (the darker coloured roses dry better, paler ones will just go brown) and sweet pea blooms. To dry those I lay out fresh petals on a baking tray in the airing cupboard and turn regularly until they’re dry.
I'd love to see if you get creative and make your own petal confetti - tag me on instagram @sarahhillflowers!