The tradition of throwing confetti comes from medieval times when Italians liked throwing sugared almond sweets called confetti during special events. At weddings, seeds or grain were even thrown as a way to symbolize prosperity and fertility to the newlywed couple’s future. In Britain, it was a tradition for many decades to throw rice.
As more couples decide to make sure that their big day doesn’t cause any harm to the Earth, we wanted to help with one of the aspects of your big day that can cause the most littering – the confetti.
In this article, we’ll share with you some tips and tricks to follow when it comes to biodegradable confetti and why you should use it!
How to Make Biodegradable Confetti
Biodegradable confetti is quite easy to make, but it does take a lot of time. Biodegradable confetti will give your event a personal touch, and it also looks amazing in pictures!
There are even companies out there that offer biodegradable confetti in the form of dried flowers; however, they can be quite expensive. That being said, it’s a lot cheaper, and actually more satisfying, to produce the confetti on your own. Also, when it comes to weddings, many venues don’t allow confetti unless the confetti is natural.
One of the easiest ways to make biodegradable confetti is making petal confetti. All you need to do is pick the petals from the flowers in your garden, especially if the occasion is a wedding that takes place during the summer months.
If you’re not getting married in the Spring or Summer, all you need to do is dry the petals out in advance. To get the best results, make sure that you collect your flowers when they’re in full bloom and just remove the petals from the stem. After that, you can choose your method for drying.
There are three popular methods for drying, which include hanging, oven drying, and sun drying.
To hang your petals, you need a place to put them. Use an elastic band to bunch your flowers, and then hang them upside down in a cupboard or on a curtain rod. In other words, hang them anywhere where there’s proper air flow.
In order to dry out, your petals will need a week or so, so make sure that you don’t touch them before that period of time has passed. Once your petals have dried, you can put them in pretty packaging and they’re ready!
If you want to oven dry your petals, you need to place them on a tray for baking and put them in the oven for about ten minutes, or until they become crispy. However, before you try this method, make sure that there aren’t any bugs on your petals!
Lastly, if you want to dry your petals in the sun, all you need to do is put them on a tray, and place the tray in the sunshine. You need to make sure that the day is particularly sunny, and that the petals are properly spread out on the tray.
We want to point out some things that you should consider before making the choice for confetti for your big day.
Check with the Venue
Due to the fact that confetti can be hard to clean up, not to mention that it’s damaging to the environment, many venues have actually banned its use. Check with your venue manager before you plan any type of send-off, whether it’s sparklers, balloons, or confetti, to see whether or not it’s permitted.
Not All Eco-Friendly Confetti Is Equal
When it comes to confetti, natural materials are typically always a better idea than plastic. However, some natural materials might not be safe enough for a confetti toss.
For instance, rice has often been used for wedding days; however, this is now seen as a hazardous material. Even though throwing rice can seem like a harmless thing to do, there are claims that rice is harmful to birds. In addition, walking on rice can cause someone to slip and fall, and it can even get into someone’s eyes.
Don’t Use Glitter
When having a confetti toss, make sure you don’t use glitter. Besides the fact that it can get stuck in people’s hair and clothes, as well as the venue, it’s also tiny enough to get caught in the eyes or inhaled. If you’re planning your event outdoors, you’re also risking exposing animals and birds to glitter.
You should still be cautious when purchasing glitter from companies that claim that the glitter is eco-friendly. The reason for this is that eco-friendly glitter is usually made with compostable cellulose that comes from Eucalyptus trees. However, their metallic shine still comes from either aluminum or a material that’s not eco-friendly.
Even though eco-friendly glitter is surely a better choice than traditional glitter, we recommend that you do a bit of research before you purchase it and throw it around at your event.
Use Flowers and Herbs
The closer you can get to natural materials when it comes to biodegradable confetti, the better. That’s because the material has a lesser chance of hurting the environment if it is something that you can already find in nature. Materials like herbs, seeds, and flowers are the best things you can use for eco-friendly confetti!
Herbs and flowers are safe for the environment. Not to mention, they smell amazing. Just imagine a warm summer day and all of the lovely smells that the herbs are producing. The event will look and smell amazing.
However, keep in mind that not all herbs and flowers are a great choice. Make sure that the herbs and the flowers you choose aren’t poisonous.
A great option are rose petals since you can find them in many different colors. Other options include eucalyptus leaves, mint,calendula, chamomile, andlavender. In order for all of these natural elements to create vibrancy and colors, and to ensure that you get the visual effect that you’ve always desired, you can even create a mix of all the flowers and herbs!
What About Coconut?
Another trend that has been popping up is using coconut flake confetti. Confetti made out of coconut flakes has the same visual effect as rice, except it doesn’t have the harmful impact.
However, be sure that you check with the venue and the guests before considering this option. You want to make sure that none of your guests have coconut allergies and experience an allergic reaction!
Be Prepared for Cleaning
Just because your confetti isn’t harmful for the environment, it doesn’t mean that it won’t cause a huge mess when you throw it around! Talk with your venue manager, coordinator, or planner about a plan for cleaning up your confetti.
The goal of using confetti that is biodegradable is to reduce the negative impact that plastic has on the environment, and not to avoid cleaning up the confetti. Make sure that you don’t leave a mess behind you and clean the confetti up when you’re all done.
Luckily, there is a natural alternative when it comes to confetti, and confetti can even be made from seeds, buds, leaves, and petals. In other words, all of the things that can be produced by mother nature. Lastly, a very important factor to consider, is that biodegradable confetti is available in pretty much every color!