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About: The name Cat’s Science Club comes from my daughter Aly, whom I call Aly Cat. She inspired me to take my love of science, and the fun I have with my students, to as many people as I can. Both my daughters hel...

Looking for a green, Earth friendly alternative to plastic confetti? Here is your answer. Great for weddings or parties.

Step 1: Green Leaves

Find a nice healthy tree or bush to get your leaves from. Don't take an excessive amount from the tree or bush. Take from several different trees and bushes to get a variety of shades of green.

Step 2: Materials Needed

Usually we have materials as one of our first steps but finding the right leaves is pretty important.

You will need green leaves and a hole punch. We ended up using two different hole punches. We would also recommend a friend to help with all the punching.

Materials

-Hole Punch

-Green Leaves

Step 3: Dry

Dry the leaves. We have had nothing but rain here for months so everything is pretty wet.

Drying the leaves will help keep the hole punch from sticking to the leaves. We found this out the hard way as you may see from our pictures. We didn't dry the leaves off at first and it made the leaves get stuck in the punch.

Step 4: Punchy Punch

Punch away. Using your hole punch start punching holes into the leaves.

Step 5: Collect

Collect your leaf punches. We are trying to keep all the punches. What is normally scrap, when punching holes into paper, is what we want to keep.

Step 6: Change It Up

Change things up by using a different size hole punch or a different cut. We originally had a rectangle but changed to a larger circle. Craft stores sell a variety of different punches. Also try different color leaves.

Step 7: Pile It Up

Gather up all your punches and save for later. Our leaves have stayed green for over 12 hours. Hoping they stay green longer but only time will tell.

Step 8: Big Day

Now the big day is here that we can use the confetti! Use like regular confetti to celebrate important life events. The green confetti is biodegradable and safe for the environment!

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    Jerrycan-Lemonade

    13 days ago

    If you know someone with a grass field and a lawnmower. You can have a large amount in just a few minutes ;)

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    omalachowski

    13 days ago

    Is there some reason not to just use a knife to cut it up really small? Seems like you’d be hole punching forever.

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    Cats Science Clubomalachowski

    Best Answer 13 days ago

    I suppose a knife would work well. We like the symmetry and the look of the hole punches. The hole punch takes awhile but we did it while watching tv. For a big event have people over and have some social time.

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    DavidF15

    14 days ago on Step 3

    About the drying, from the pics is looks like you just dried off the surface water of freshly picked wet leaves using a paper towel. Did you do more drying that that? Were the leaves still fresh or did you dry them out to crunchy-dry?

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    Cats Science ClubDavidF15

    Best Answer 13 days ago

    Hi! We simply dried the rain off the damp leafs. At first we just started punching without drying off the wet leaves and the hole punch started sticking. So we went back and dried them off.

    Looking at the left over confetti we made and they are still green and still pliable. The confetti is lasting longer then I would have imagined.

    Best of luck with your plans. Looking forward to hearing how things go.

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    teddlesruss

    Tip 16 days ago

    Lots of natural materials can provide dyes. Paper is essentially very biodegradable. Berries and flowers and herbs can be boiled for natural simple dyes, used to colour paper, and punched for confetti when dry. Almost worth another 'ible is it not?

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    teddlesrussCats Science Club

    Reply 15 days ago

    Also - I found one of those hand-cranked shredders - the kind that cuts about 1" strips - at a thrift shop, I use it to chop down paper for mulching some garden beds but I can see it making lovely green confetti really fast. (Similar to the one pictured, which is just the first image that came up when I searched.)

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    zakbobdop

    16 days ago

    This solves the problem of cleaning up all of the pesky bits of confetti left after the party :D
    helps save the enviroment AND your back!

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    Cats Science Clubzakbobdop

    Reply 15 days ago

    Yes! We loved throwing the green confetti and then we didn't have to clean it up!!!!! :-)