Post # 1
I am about to lose it! I am completely in love with the idea of having flower balls hanging from shepherd hooks at my wedding which happens to be in less than a week. I have the 10 shepherd hooks, ten 8in. wet foam spheres, fresh green carnations, ribbon, and floral wire. However, I have no clue as to how I will attach the ribbon to the spheres in order to be strong enough to hold the sphere while it is hanging from a shepherd hook. I’ve read that I can wrap chicken wire around the sphere but I have no idea where to buy it. I’ve also read that wet foam can get pretty heavy so I am wondering if there is anybody out there who has done this before or simply has an idea as to how I can accomplish this. Please help:) Open to suggestions and ideas. Thank you
Post # 3
You can get the chicken wire at a hardwarre store. Can you maybe ask your florist for advice?
Post # 4
Or run the ribbon itself through the ball? I’ll second asking your florist, if you have one. And I’d definitely recommend doing a dry run with flowers, wet foam, etc., and letting it hang there for a while to make sure it doesn’t slowly tip over or something. Good luck!
Post # 5
You don’t have to use the wet floral foam at all. A little known trick to create those beautiful spheres is to buy just regular styrofoam balls (they come in white and green) you can find the dry foam balls at hobby lobby. You snap off the heads of the carnations and insert a toothpick down the center of the carnation through the neck/calynx and push one end of the toothpick right into the foam ball. The ball will be MUCH LIGHTER than if you tried to use Oasis (the wet foam) to secure the ribbon,insert it with a wire floral pin. (you can get these at hobby lobby or michaels) OR if you’re in a pinch,unbend a paper clip and secure it that way.
As long as you are using FRESH carnations, your balls will look great and you won’t have to worry about them falling, dripping, etc.
If you need more help, PM me
Post # 6
Here’s how floral shops do it – you just have to take a strong floral stem or straw or floral wire and poke a hole through the center of the oasis ball. Then take your ribbon 3′ or so, grab both ends so you can find the middle of the ribbon tie a sturdy stem piece, 1 – 2 inches in length, at the middle of the ribbon. Pull the two ends through the hole in the oasis. The end result should be your ribbon ends out the top of the oasis ball and extra reinforcement at the bottom with the ball sitting on the stem. (If you’d rather have a perfect loop – no bow at the top of the ball, just knot the two ends around the stem piece and string the loop through the oasis ball so all you have a the top is a perfect loop, not two loose ends.)