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How to make biodegradable confetti

Updated April 17, 2017

Planning a wedding celebration or event that includes confetti requires modern alternatives, since many churches and venues no longer allow paper confetti, the traditional rice or even fresh rose petals. You can make your own environmentally friendly, biodegradable confetti at home with water-soluble wafer paper or with a few ingredients and a home oven. You can even make custom coloured confetti to match the decor at your wedding or event.

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  1. Purchase sheets of wafer paper, also known as rice paper, from a cake decorating supply store.

  2. Mix lustre dust with a few drops of lemon extract. Brush the lustre dust mixture all over the surface of the wafer paper. You can use one solid colour or a mix of colours.

  3. Punch holes in the wafer paper using a decorative craft paper punch. You can get paper punches, which come in many shapes, from scrapbooking supply stores.

  4. Place the punched wafer confetti in a dry covered container until you are ready to use it.

  5. Mix equal parts gum Arabic, warm water and powdered food colouring (available from a cake decorating supply store) in a bowl to make a thick paste.

  6. Spread the paste thinly with a palette knife on a non-stick silicone baking tray or a baking tray.

  7. Bake the paste in a warm oven for 10 minutes until it dries. Remove the baking tray from the oven, and allow it to cool.

  8. Peel the dried coloured paste in a sheet off the baking tray or baking tray. Then crush or press the paste through a metal sieve to create the confetti.

  9. Repeat this process until you have enough confetti for the number of guests at your wedding or event.

  10. Tip

    Use edible glitter with or in place of powdered food colouring for a sparkly confetti. Plan for approximately 1 cup of confetti to fill 16 confetti bags, or 1 tbsp of confetti for each event guest. You can find gum arabic in 1lb. packages from cake decorating suppliers or food co-ops. Microwave-dried flower petals are another biodegradable confetti alternative, but they are not water-soluble.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wafer paper
  • Lustre dust
  • Lemon extract
  • Craft brush
  • Paper punches
  • Plastic container
  • Gum Arabic
  • Warm water
  • Powdered food colouring
  • Bowl
  • Baking tray
  • Silicon baking tray
  • Palette knife
  • Oven
  • Metal sieve
  • Powdered edible glitter

About the Author

Roxanne McHenry has written online marketing articles and courses for Web publications including Affiliate Classroom and Web Pro News since 2002. McHenry has a B.A. in Japanese language and literature, and lived and worked in Japan as a teacher and technical translator.

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