I decided to try my hand at making botanical confetti. Since it’s my birthday week—yay!—confetti is definitely in order, but really, you don’t need a special reason for a confetti-filled day. And what can be better than confetti made from nature?
Can you believe all the colors found in our backyard?
The small dots of botanical confetti look like paper. But they aren’t. Each leaf not only provides a glorious color, but also a completely unique pattern. No two pieces of confetti are the same.
In the first batch I made, I tossed in bits of clover and other blossoms, so it was a little like potpourri, but you can omit this if you prefer.
How perfect would this confetti be at a garden party, baby shower, wedding—any festive occasion! Unlike messy paper confetti, there is zero clean-up and no worry over the environment. (Well, if you sprinkle it indoors, you’ll have to sweep it up, but you know what I mean.)
It’s super easy. Simply punch holes in leaves using a hole punch. Fresh, dry leaves work best. And thin leaves punch better than thicker ones.
These are leaves from coral bell, spicebush, wandering jew, and coneflower petals.
You can also make botanical confetti in cute shapes using a shaped hole punch. Look at this star and heart confetti I made.
A batch of all green leaves provides lots of color too, from dark olive to spring pea.
Botanical confetti will keep for at least a week in a plastic bag or glass jar without the color fading. And bonus—botanical confetti is naturally scented! Fresh and floral, like summer itself.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best.
This craft will definitely occupy bored kids (and adults). When it’s too hot to spend much time outside (like now), gather up a few leaves and host a hole-punching party at your dining room table. In no time, you’ll have a batch of cheerful botanical confetti to scatter around your world.
What do you think?
Grace Grits and Gardening
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