Showering the bride and groom with confetti is a wedding tradition almost as old as weddings themselves. Flower petals are excellent to use as confetti because they are soft, fragrant and beautiful. Rose petal confetti can be either fresh or dried, and is often the number one choice of churches and venues because they are biodegradable and require little clean up. Fresh roses are not necessary, which not only makes this craft more cost effective, it also makes it easier to remove the head of the flower from the stem.
Cut the stems short, leaving 2.5 to 5 cm (1 or 2 inches) attached to the flower.
Hold the rose in one hand and use your other hand to gently snap the stem off the flower in one swift motion, as if you were breaking a stick in half. The head of the rose should come off easily.
Shake the flower gently over the garbage to discard tiny seeds.
Loosen all the petals gently from each other and let them fall into cardboard box. Mix the petals as you go, if you are using more than one colour.
Make dried petal confetti a few days prior to use and store it in the cardboard box. Transfer to plastic bags on the day of the event. Make fresh petal confetti the same day you will use it and store it in plastic bags until needed.
It's natural to want to use fresh roses but, when making rose petal confetti, that is not the best option. The softer the head of the rose, the better. Also, remember that rose petals bruise very easily: the gentler the handling, the prettier the petal.