(Closed) alternative to styrofoam?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

There’s floral foam?  Could you clarify why you don’t want to use foam? That might help me think of alternatives that better meet your needs.

Post # 4
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Good question!  I need to make about 8 of them and they’re so expensive.  I don’t want to spend so much!

Can you use floral foam for silk flowers though?  I’d always thought it was strictly for fresh flowers.

Post # 5
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

Floral foam is more expensive than styrofoam.  How large do you want the pomanders to be.  In my experience a 6 inch styro ball can cost anywhere from $1 – $6.  (Use Michael’s or AC Moore Coupons!)

Post # 6
48 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

No doubt about it being expensive…I bought an 8″ ball, got home and wondered why my bill was so high. The crazy ball was $11…unbelievable!!! For me the green floral balls were cheaper, but the foam would “rub” off (I don’t know how else to describe it) It was messy, but cheaper, and I glued artificial flowers onto it. Well in the end I gave up because when I started adding up how many I needed and the cost, I couldn’t justify it. I ended up using a much smaller styrofoam ball and halfing it for 1/2 a pomander to sit on a vase. Good luck

Post # 7
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here is an alternative, at Oriental Trading on sale for $2.99 for the two balls, dowels and bases….

They aren’t styrofoam. They are HARD cardboardish. And small, I think the balls are 4 and 5 inches. I tried to do ribbons by poking pins through and it was VERY difficult. Much easier if you glue things onto it, which is probably the intended purpose for these! We ended up decided to go the styrofoam route for the ribbons because it was so difficult to use these. Also the bases are sort of unstable, so I found foam bases at the $1 Store and will be putting them in terra cotta pots.

I’m going to attempt gluing flowers onto these in a few weeks…I got 12 sets of them! 🙂

Post # 8
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I used paper lanterns. To me, they work better than the styrofoam. Just use hot glue, and if your fabric is thin enough you can use a flameless candle inside. It sets off a really soft glow.

They are also a lot cheaper, I got two packs of ten for $5.50 each.


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