Confetti – it’s more than you think!
We’ve teamed up with the lovely peeps from Shropshire Petal’s this month for our May competition giveaway. So we thought we’d ask them to share some of their best ideas for using their beautiful petals.
Confetti – it’s more than you think!
Getting married is one of the most exciting days of your life. Whether you’re planning a big venue wedding or a small intimate affair, the throwing of confetti symbolises the union of marriage. However, confetti isn’t just for weddings, there is so much more you can do with it!
When someone mentions confetti to you, what do you think? Do you imagine horseshoe and heart shaped paper or synthetic coloured shapes? Shropshire Petals grow and produce 100% natural petal confetti on their Shropshire farm and they would like to share their top 5 alternative ways for using confetti.
- Table decorations – confetti is great when used to decorate tables. If you’re having an afternoon tea party, birthday celebration or any other special occasion, sprinkle some confetti onto white table clothes to give your table some colour and texture.
- Jazz up cakes – use large and small petals like delphiniums and roses to turn plain cakes into something spectacular. Place bold coloured rose petals on top of buttercream for a colour splash or decorate larger cakes with fresh or dried flowers and sprinkle some smaller petals around when displaying your cake. This is very simple, yet looks like a piece of artwork.
- Set the romance – treat your partner to a romantic evening in. Set out a scattering of petals around the house for them to follow to a nice hot bath with petals floating on the top. Why not make a heart shape out of petals on the bed for some added romance.
- Confetti filled balloons – if you are having a party or celebration, fill some balloons with confetti for a great entertainment feature. Place messages for your guests inside and ask them to pop the balloons letting confetti fall delicately with their message.
- Handmade gifts and treats – petals are fantastic for using to make handmade gifts such as bath bombs and candles. Here is how you make them:
- A candle of any size (you can buy candle wax, however it is cheaper to use pre-made candles)
- Pre-waxed candle wicks with metal tab bottoms
- A container of your choice (Shropshire Petals have used an old jam jar)
- Petals of your choice (Shropshire Petals have used Highland Fling)
- A scent of your choice (optional)
- An old pan
- Double-sided sticky tape
- Cocktail sticks
Step 1: Prepare your container by cleaning it, making sure there is no dust or dirt inside.
Step 2: Attach the metal tab at the bottom of the wick to the bottom the jar using double-sided sticky tape. Don’t worry too much about getting it completely stuck down, as this can be difficult on glass. The tape is just to help hold the wick in place.
Step 3: Spray the inside of the jar around the edges and pour in some petals, spreading them around the jar. The hairspray should help the petals to stick to the sides.
Step 4: Place the candle into the pan – making sure you remove the old wick – and heat gently until the wax has melted. Depending on how many petals you want in your candle, you can add petals to the melted wax.
Step 5: Allow the wax to cool until it is roughly degrees C. This will allow the wax to set quicker to ensure it does not pull the wick down into the candle too much as the wax hardens. Slowly pour the melted wax into the jam jar, trying not to get any on the sides at the top of the jar. If you do, you can scrape it off.
Step 6: Add your chosen fragrance if you are choosing to have a scented candle.
Step 7: Allow the candle to set. As it sets, it can create a dip in the middle around the wick, this is easily resolved! Once the candle is nearly set, melt some extra wax and simply top the candle up to create a flat surface.
Step 8: Your petal candle is complete. You can now decorate the jar and lid to suit your wedding theme.
Quick and simple to make, these petal candles can be made for any special occasion or just for your home.
Step 1: Gather your ingredients – 2 parts sodium bicarbonate (approx 300g) to 1 part citric acid, lots of natural petal confetti (we used 1 litre of raspberry fool pink delphiniums and have plenty left) and a tiny amount of water.
You will also need a bowl, spoon and a mould of your choice. (Shropshire Petals used old Christmas baubles)
Step 2: Add all of your dry ingredients into the bowl; confetti petals, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid (2:1) and give it a good mix.
Step 3: Add in a ‘spritz’ of water and give it all a really good mixture. Add the water sparingly until the mixture starts to clump together, mixing all the while.
Step 4: Your mix should be still slightly powdery but able to compact and stay together.
Tip – it is a good idea to have a bit of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid pre-mixed separately in case you add too much water, you can then add in some of the extra mix to soak it up.
Step 5: Pack your mixture into your moulds, be firm with them!
Step 6: Press your two halves together and give them a good squeeze.
Step 7: Leave the mixture for about half an hour, they should then be dry enough to come out of the moulds.
Step 8: Leave your confetti bath bombs overnight to dry out properly.
These pretty bath bombs can make perfect handmade gifts. Wrap in pretty tissue paper or clear cellophane and place in a gift box to give to your friends and family on special occasions, or just because.
Tip – for an extra special touch try adding a small amount of lavender or rose oil for a delicate fragrance or some natural colouring to make coloured bath bombs.
Quick and simple to make, these petal bath bombs can be used for any special occasion; birthdays, Easter, Mothers day and Valentines Day. Shropshire Petals used a basic recipe from www.bathbomb.com. Who will you be making bath bombs for?
For more inspirational natural petal confetti ideas, please visit www.shropshirepetals.com.
Who are Shropshire Petals?
We are growers and producers of natural petal confetti. This year marks the 10-year anniversary from when we first started to grow and sell our natural petal confetti.
Our petals are lovingly grown, hand-picked and hand-packed on our farm in Shropshire so you can be sure that they are 100% natural and biodegradable. The pretty petals are perfect for throwing and ensure that you get that big confetti shot! We also grow wheat for our handmade wheat sheaves which are perfect as bouquets or table decorations.
Visit their website for more information. www.ShropshirePetals.com
Don’t forget to enter our Shropshire Petal giveaway over on the Ochre and Ocre competition page.