as i previously posted, i am doing carnation pomander ball center pieces. i went to the craft store today to get a styro foam ball and fake carnations (just to do a practice run, we will be using real flowers for the wedding)…only to find that because of the large base of the carnation it doesnt maneuver very well into the styro foam ball.
any one whos done these, is it much easier with real flowers and the green foam ball thats made for the flowers?
The carnations with the larger bases are definitely harder to work with but it can be done. The trick is to use lots of glue and only put a section of the base into the styrofoam ball. Another trick is to remove the base…but you will have to hold the carnation together until it’s glued and inserted into the styrofoam. I used carnations from the Dollar Tree as well as some that I ordered from eBay to do the ones for my sisters weddings.
I am too lazy to search for the threads =) so here is a pic of what we will have for my sister’s wedding.
Were you removing the stems entirely on the silk flowers? I’m not a florist but I’m a DIY enthusiast and floral obsessive ; ) – when I’ve done pommanders I’ve left stems of about an inch or more and just pushed the stems in- carnation stems are firm enough to push into soaked oasis floral foam for sure, it’s much softer than styrofoam.
The base of the flowers will cause the flowers to stand up a little bit and the sphere to be bigger all around than the foam ball is – but as long as they are all standing out the same distance from the ball it will look uniform (hope that makes sense!)You can also wire stems / heads, but it’s not necessary for hard stemmed flowers like carnations. This video is a pretty decent how to walk through: