It’s Christmas! So if you’re getting married in the next few months, you could think about doing a bit of shopping for your decorations. The Christmas period is great for this: you find lots of great little decorative bits (giant sequins, glowing garlands in every colour and size possible, tinsel…), which are all often difficult to find in springtime or in summer. So go for it!
Today, we’ve got proof. Here’s a very simple trick to make your own metallic confetti that we love so much but that we really struggle to find anywhere.
The material you will need:
– Christmas tinsel, party wigs in metallic paper for two euros…
– A coffee mill
Before you start, a little point on the material:
We definitely agree on this point: don’t use your coffee mill to do this. Buy a mill at a low price that will not stretch your wedding budget (they can be found for around thirty euros) and you can make confetti until the end of your days!
With regard to the base material, this can work with a thousand different things – Christmas tinsel particularly but more generally anything that is made with metallic paper, but also with angels hair, plastic sequins, tissue paper… don’t hesitate to try out different things!
To make your confetti, firstly choose your colours. Carefully pull apart the material of the tinsel or of your wigs, taking care to leave out the little metallic thread in the centre of the tinsel and at the fastening of the wig.
Pop them all into a coffee mill (there’s no point in filling it right to the top, though, its so quick to do and there’s no point in risking overloading your mill) and… mix by pulsing in short busts, rather than leaving the button continuously pressed down on the mill.
After a few seconds you have your confetti! The more you mix, the more the strands shorten. Therefore with a little more mixing, you end up with sparkles (careful not to mix for too long though because this could heat up the mill which could then melt the plastic).
The result is very irregular, but also very charming. You could then mix the confetti with other, more traditional confetti. Or not… whatever you like best!
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