How do you freeze dry petals for wedding confetti?
If you’re planning a wedding, you’ve probably already started to think about what kind of confetti you want to use. While there are many options out there, one popular choice is freeze-dried petals. But what exactly are freeze-dried petals? And how do you go about getting them? In this blog post, we’ll answer all your questions so that you can make an informed decision about your wedding confetti.
What is freeze drying?
Freeze drying is a process that removes water from food by freezing it and then using a vacuum to remove the ice. This method of food preservation has been around for centuries, but only recently has it become popular for home use. Freeze drying is a great way to preserve petals for wedding confetti because it keeps them looking fresh and prevents them from wilting.
The process of freeze drying
To freeze dry petals for wedding confetti, start by spreading the petals out on a flat surface and putting them in the freezer overnight. The next day, remove the petals from the freezer and place them on a mesh screen or cheesecloth. Put the mesh screen or cheesecloth over a container that will catch any water that drips from the petals as they thaw. Put the container in a cool, dark place and allow the petals to thaw completely. Once they are thawed, put them back in the freezer overnight. The next day, remove them from the freezer and allow them to air dry completely before using them as confetti.
Why freeze dry petals for wedding confetti?
There are many reasons to freeze dry petals for wedding confetti. For one, it ensures that the petals will be completely dry and won't wilt on your big day. Freeze drying also preserves the color and shape of the petals, so you'll have beautiful confetti that looks just like it did when you first picked them.
Another reason to freeze dry your own petals is that you can customize the colors to match your wedding theme. You can even mix different types of petals to create a unique blend. If you're looking for a more natural look, you can even add leaves or other greenery to your confetti mix.
Freeze drying is also a great way to extend the life of your flowers. If you have fresh flowers that you want to keep after your wedding, freeze drying them will preserve them for years to come. You can even give them as gifts to family and friends who were unable to attend your big day.
How to freeze dry petals for wedding confetti
To freeze dry your own petals for wedding confetti, you'll need a dehydrator and some patience. The process can take up to two weeks, but the results are worth it.
Start by spreading out a single layer of petals on the dehydrator trays. Set the dehydrator to its lowest setting and let it run for 24 hours. After the first day, check on the progress of the petals. They should be shrunken and papery.
Continue dehydrating the petals until they're completely dried out. This can take up to two weeks. Once they're fully dried, store them in an airtight container until you're ready to use them as confetti.
Tips for using freeze dried petals as wedding confetti
When it comes to wedding confetti, there are a few different ways you can go about using freeze dried petals. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your freeze dried petals:
- If you're looking for a more natural look, consider using a mixture of both fresh and freeze dried petals. This way you'll still get that beautiful pop of color without sacrificing any of the freshness.
- Freeze dried petals are great for creating unique and interesting patterns. Scatter them around the tables or aisle for a truly one-of-a-kind look.
- Want your confetti to double as decoration? Use freeze dried petals in vases or centerpieces to add a touch of elegance.
Whatever way you choose to use them, freeze dried petals are sure to add an extra special touch to your big day!