- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
So I’ve been getting some questions about how I made my tulle pomanders and I thought I’d try to give a tutorial for them! I’ve never done a tutorial before, so please bear with me!! Like I mentioned in my original post, I can’t take credit for the tulle idea; I was inspired by Mrs. Beagle! And I mostly just followed Mrs. D’orsay’s tissue tutorial with not much variation.
You’ll need (for one pomander, my size):
5″ styrofoam floral ball (ends up being quite a bit largerll!)
Pack of 22 gauge floral wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
About 7yds tulle (i used the $1.50 kind with my 50% off Joann coupon = $0.75!!)
Rotary cutter and mat (not necessary, but much quicker for cutting rectangles)
About 20-24 inches of 5/8″ wide ribbon
1. I’d suggest cutting all your fabric and wire first. Cut the tulle 9″x5″. I used about 250-300 pieces of tulle this size. Cut the pieces of wire about 4″ long.
2. Start folding your tulle strips like an accordian, about 3/4″ wide. I got about 10-11 folds out of each strip. *Helpful tip, I folded mine on my pant leg so the fabric didn’t slide around as much as it did on the table or mat.
3. Get a hold of your folded fabric and twist a piece of floral wire around the center. It will leave you with a T-shape. I cut off the very end of the wire with a wire cutter so that it pinched the two ends together, making it easier to stick into ball later.
4. Pull the folds up together, trying to line the edges up as best as possible. Trim the corners, making a rounded top. *Helpful tip, I just used my thumb as a guideline.
You should then end up with this
Repeat, repeat, repeat….
5. Once you’re done making the “flowers”, you can begin putting it all together. Start by making a loop with a piece of your wire (it end ups looking like a lollipop). This is for the ribbon handle.
6. Put a little hot glue on the stem of the wire and push into ball, leaving loop exposed.
Pull the ribbon through, knot tightly and your handle is done!
7. Now you can finally start adding your tulle flowers! Hot glue each wire stem a little bit then push into ball, starting close to ribbon. I began by giving my styrofoam ball a mohawk.
8. Then make another row perpendicular to the mohawk, making 4 divided sections.
9. Start filling in. I suggest doing this semi-randomly so you don’t end up with obvious rows of flowers. I kind of staggered mine, keeping an eye on how it looked as I went along.
Keep filling until it’s full and fluffy with no gaps! Then ta-dah!!
Hope this helps!!! Good luck! Again, my first tutorial but I hope it’s helpful!