(Closed) DIY Pomander Balls?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Here is my response from a post a month or so ago to someone else seeking advice.

Note: I probably could have looked around a little more for flowers other places but..oh well lol.

OK, let me give you some advice lol. I just got done creating 2 of these (one for each of my bridesmaids – I only have 2) and first off, they are BEAUTIFUL. I am very proud of how they turned out, since it was my first wedding DIY project. I will say though, that you must be VERY careful with the size of styrofoam ball that you buy. I completely underestimated the size that I thought they would be when they were completed. You see, I bought a styrofoam ball which, to me, did not look that big at all. It was approximately grapefruit size/maybe slightly larger before the flowers. So I went to hobby lobby and bought the flowers (I LOVE their flowers by the way – very nice quality) and luckily they were having a 50% sale on all florals and floral stems. I got what I THOUGHT would be PLENTY of flowers, which ended up being $80.00 worth, but because of the sale I got them for $40.00. Anywho, so I went home and began to make the first ball… That’s when I realized I was in slightly over my head lol. You see, once you begin to cut the flowers down and hot glue them to the ball you realize that due to the circumference of the ball, it required a LOT more flowers than it would if it were just a flat surface. I should have known this, but I did not even think about it. Before I knew it, ALL of the flowers were gone and only HALF (YES, I said only HALF) of the ball was covered. I could not believe it. Luckily, when I went back for more flowers they were on sale again LOL. I guess maybe I should  have researched other flower options/websites, etc but I was really happy with the quality at HL.  Long story short, those 2 beautiful little pomanders cost me WAY more than I anticipated and they are HUGE (like, basketball-size, no kidding). Unless you want giant pomanders, opt for the styrofoam ball that is about the size of a tennis ball. Once you get the flowers on it, it will be a good size!  Well, I hope this advice helps you. If you’d like me to tell you how I trimmed/glued the flowers I’d be happy to. It’s pretty easy 🙂

Post # 5
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428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House

Several of the Bees wrote tutorials on this- there were a lot so I won’t list them all, but if you search “DIY Pomanders” in the blog section of Weddingbee, you should find them there!  I DIY-ed mine with 5″ styro-balls and tulle and they came out to be pretty big.  I would def. recommend going with smaller styro-balls, especially if you are using silk flowers that have more volume.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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2513 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

You’re welcome 🙂

I used wire cutters to trim the stems of the fake flowers to where there was only about 1 inch left. I pulled all the rubber off & away from the stems (this takes a little extra work) so there was just the bare wire left. Then I used hot glue and put it on the bottom of the flower at the top of the wire stem that is remaining and inserted it (just pushed it in) into the styrofoam ball, then added a little more hot glue around the site for reinforcement. Just keep doing that until you fill in most of the gaps. You can use any of the leaves from the stem parts that you cut off for filler. It looks really pretty that way! Just use hot glue on them the same way & push them down into the ball & voila!

Unfortuantely I don’t have pics of the project in the making, just pics of the finished product in my wedding pics. The BM’s are holding them.

Post # 9
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166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used Mrs. D’orsay’s tutorial for tissue paper flowers, and so far mine are coming along great! They take a LOT of time, though, so just make sure you won’t be stressing about getting them all done. I’m using white tissue paper from Michael’s – wherever you get your tissue (if you go with tissue over silk flowers), it’s probably a good idea to buy it all at once. The first package of white tissue I bought is ever so slightly different in hue from the others, which is annoying but definitely not worth re-making that first pomander! Here’s how mine turned out (I’m using tartan ribbon in the same fabric as the kilt my Fiance will be wearing)…

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Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

Oh cool! Yours look great colette! They can take A LOT of time, so it’s best to grab some friends and a bottle or two of wine to have at ’em!

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