(Closed) Calling all Bees that DIY’d Pomanders – Would you recommend?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m making tissue paper poms, wreaths and cones for my wedding. 

I found a few different helpful tutorials on here (sorry I don’t have the links on this computer or I’d share!) and I’ve found the following:

  • Definitely approach it assembly line fashion.  I don’t have anyone to help me and have the challenges of a small space to work in and a puppy who is 60# and EVERYWHERE.  I did it this way: 
  • cut all my tissue paper into the right size strips, stored them in a shoebox.  I used a rotary cutter and did a bunch of sheets at once.
  • Cut a bunch of wire into the right size pieces and put them in a snack ziploc (this was the most annoying part!)
  • Got another shoebox and as I folded and wrapped each flower in wire I threw it in there
  • Once I had a bunch of them done, I spent some time rounding all the edges
  • I fluffed/opened 40 at a time and put them into grocery store bags
  • Once I had about 5 bags of 40 I cut my ribbon and gathered the styrofoam forms and filled them. 
  • I used 4″ forms I think and it took on average 35 to complete one pomander. 
  • Any leftovers I had for flowers I used on the cones I’m doing. 
  • It now takes me on average 3 minutes to fluff a flower, and I’m pretty much doing everything in sets of 40 now, seems to be what I can get done at night – so fold and shape 40 one night, fluff 40 another and repeat.

I don’t know how different the tulle ones are, but they are SO pretty!  I’ve found that at first I thought the tissue paper ones were going to look terrible, but it’s pretty forgiving stuff and I think I’ve got it mastered now 🙂  Good thing since I still need about 10 more poms and a wreath to go 😉

I’m not sure how much money I’ve saved if any, but I really just loved the looks of them and wanted a manageable project to do.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I made my own pomanders out of mini silk carnations.. I have a picture posted in the DIY section.  It wasnt the hardest of my DIY porjects so I would definitely recommend it. Its pretty straight forward. Tulle pomanders involve a little more work than regular  silk flowers though..

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Making your own pomanders is actually pretty easy.. I decided a few weeks ago that I was going to make them, although I thought it would require a fair bit of artistic skill. As it’s ages to my wedding, I did a kind of ‘test run’ to make one the other day and it’s actually quite easy to do. You can find some great DIY instructions online to help you x

Post # 7
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Helper bee

We did ours out of silk flowers (the ones with a real feel) and had to make 16 of them.  After you do the first one, they are super easy and go faster.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did pomanders with artificial flowers (did them all in one day), and then took a break.  Then I did tissue paper pomanders over the course of a weekend, and then took a break.  For me, it’s doing it in cycles.  I get tired of them, my fingers are sore, and I swear I’m not going to do anymore.  So I take a break and start them up a few weeks later.

I tried to do it the way “thewheelsonthebus” did it but I became terribly bored with it.  I did mine flower by flower so you got to do some of the “fun” parts (unfolding and fluffing) without having to sit there and cut paper straight for hours.  It’s what worked for me – but everyone is different.

I would absolutely recommend doing them.  I’m not sure about the tulle ones, but my artificial flower ones were less than $6/each to make the and the tissue paper ones were probably under $3/each to make.  I plan on selling mine when my wedding is over so I should hopefully easily break even.  Definitely worth it!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve started doing some of the tulle pomanders. I have two half done ones because my local Micheal’s ran out of the colored tulle I was using. I wanted mine to be VERY full looking so it has taken way longer than all the instructions say and one of them will take about 100 yards of tulle. Of course if you’re not as anal as I was about them you won’t use as much! I second thewheelsonthebus and her assembly line tips. The most tedious task to me was hot gluing all of the tulle “flowers” into the styrofoam. I used a low-temperature glue gun so as to not melt the styrofoam but it still burns! I also recommend to leave about 1/4 – 3/8in of wire to stick in the styrofoam. Any more than that and it bends and kinks when trying to push it in and any more will not be sufficient to keep it in the styrofoam. It’s a very easy project, jut tedious. The end result is definitely worth it, though. I love how light and airy they look! I’ve attached a picture of my half done one. As you can see I’m waiting until it’s finished to trim the edges and poof it out. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hello date twin! Smile

I too was thinking about making tulle pomanders but after I began cutting out the tulle, I gave and decided that it would be too tedious.  Luckily I found DIY fabric pomanders which looked easier to make.  Here is a link to kdenison‘s tutorial which I followed.  I used a 4″ ball and cut out 4″ circles out of broadcloth fabric.  I’m making 14.  I’m also putting them on the chairs along the aisle but only every other row so I don’t have to make as many.  I bought an Olfa rotary circle cutter so I wouldn’t have to cut the circles by hand and it’s so much easier!  Below is a picture of my first one.  Good luck! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Here’s mine, my flower girl will carry it. I know, totally outside-the-box! It’s a large Christmas ornament that I decorated to match the wedding!! 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I started making ones for my Jr. Bridesmaids to carry – but abandoned the project 3/4 of the way through. At the last minute we had to change the color of their dress and the pomanders I had made would have blended in with them. To be honest, I was glad. I was sick of pinning flowers to styrafoam. haha

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@FallBride100111: Whoaaah!!! 6hrs? Hell to da no. I thought embossing, lining and hand faux-ligraphying my invites was tedios but at least in 6 hours I had a stack of stuff. A pomander would make me go bunkers!

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