Green Confetti

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Introduction: Green Confetti

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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    20 Discussions

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    JustineM32
    JustineM32

    1 year ago

    So cool! This is very smart.

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    Cats Science Club
    Cats Science Club

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for the comment! The left over confetti is still green. Crazy.

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    Jerrycan-Lemonade
    Jerrycan-Lemonade

    1 year 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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    Cats Science Club
    Cats Science Club

    Reply 1 year ago

    That is so funny. Now I know what to do with all my grass clippings.

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    omalachowski
    omalachowski

    1 year 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 Club
    Cats Science Club

    Best Answer 1 year 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
    DavidF15

    1 year 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 Club
    Cats Science Club

    Best Answer 1 year 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
    teddlesruss

    Tip 1 year 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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    teddlesruss
    teddlesruss

    Reply 1 year 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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    Cats Science Club
    Cats Science Club

    Reply 1 year ago

    Nice! That would make quick work of it. Great idea!

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    AnandM54
    AnandM54

    1 year ago

    Crazy idea!!!!! Amazing one!!!!

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    1 year 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 Club
    Cats Science Club

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    That is a neat idea for confetti :)

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    attosa
    attosa

    1 year ago

    Thoughtful!