Post # 1
I have seen tutorials on here to DIY a pearl bouquet… you know where you buy hundreds of pears, and loop the wire through and twist x hundreds) then you just wrap floral tape/ribbon around the base of the wire ‘stems’ etc.
What I want to ask is… Is there any reason why I couldnt just buy a styrofoam ball and use a) pearl floral pins or b) pearl beads with gauze wire looped through and cut short to ‘pin’ into the ball???
Has anyone tried this? I dont want to go buy all the stuff and attempt it if I know it isnt going to work – just seems like this way would be more sturdy and spherical.
Post # 3
You would end up with a pearl pomander
If that’s the look you want, go for it.
vs a bouquet
Post # 4
@julies1949: 0o0o that pearl pomander is pretty cool.
I’ve never seen one of those before!
Post # 5
I’m doing a pearl bouquet for myself, but I LOVE the pomander..maybe for the aisle decorations… hmm…
Post # 6
You can buy pearl sprays from http://www.save-on-crafts.com. I would just buy a bunch of thoses, gather them together just like you would flowers, and wrap your ribbon around the “stems”. You could also add a bow or ribbon loops. Quick and easy–if you need any help, just message me 🙂
Post # 7
@kimj1129 ohhh i love that site!!!
I also love the pearl pomander – if I could get some more pearls on and put a ‘stem’ on it – i’d love that as a bouquet (i love the overly round look)
Post # 8
I did them and it was super easy and fast.
Needed: Drill, used dryer sheets (cut down to 4×4 pieces, wire clippers, and needle nose pliers.
I bought all the pearls at Micheals and Hobby Lobby when they had their clearance or half off sales. Same with the wire (26 gauge).
- I cut a whole spool of wire down to the desired length strips.
- put the pearls on half way up, fold the wire over and twish a few times to hold it securely. ( I would do all of them )
- wrap the used dryer sheet around the pearl
- open the drill all the way and put the dryer sheet covered pearl into the drill and close the drill securely but not too tight.
- put the drill in your lap so that it faces up, handle facing away from you
- hold the loose ends of the wire with the needle nose pliers and turn the drill on
Post # 9
i found the best way to get them done is to get your bridal party involved. i twisted 30 pearls in three days and then on a long trip to california, i decided to use my free time to work on the pearls. when my girls found out, they all took care of them for me. their SO also helped by using a drill to twist the wires. i have about 800 glass pearls done. i still have more pearls and crystals to do.
i’m not sure i want a pearl bouquet anymore and considered selling my finished pearls but for the amount of money i spent on materials, i think i will end up losing money.
you can see the pearls on the dining room table with a few of my other wedding projects.