posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Worker bee
• Wedding: September 2013

I would think silk or even tissue flowers woudl be the best bet, since the will be handled do much in making that large of a ball.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
• Wedding: October 2015

@Marshall2Bee0814:  It seems like it depends on the size of the flowers you get and the size you want the ball to be. If you’re using silks, I’d go to Michaels and see about how wide/tall the flowers are.

Let’s say they’re 3inches wide and maybe about that tall too. You want a ball that’s 12 inches wide. The flowers on either side will increase the diameter by 6 inches total, so you need a six inch ball. If you wanted an 18inch pomander you would need a 12 inch styrofoam in this case.

as far as the overall area (how many flowers you would need), that is beyond my math capabilities! I’m sure either a mathmatician bee will come around, or you can google how to find the area of a sphere. I would say to increase it by at least 30%. So, if the area is like 300 square inches and your blooms are 3 square inches you’d think you need 100 blooms, but you should up it to 130 so they are compact.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
• Wedding: April 2013

I tried to make pomander balls with tissue paper I just didn’t have the patience for it.  Here how my first, and only, pomander came out.

The formula I used to calculate surface area is area = 4x(3.75)x(radius squared).  This results in a number a little over the actual surface area (roughly 240 sq in. for an 8 in ball).

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
• Wedding: June 2013

I actually purchased these from a flower wholesaler already made…They are not silk but sort of a leathery, saude material… these are approx. 10 inches in diameter and ran me about \$12 a ball, I then inserted little diamond pins in each center…Mind you if I were to DIY them, you have to keep in mind the cost of flowers (you can easily buy at any dollar store, just finding inbulk might be difficult) the styrafoam balls (dollar store sell for \$2 a ball)

I think most importanty was time…I love my rose balls and saved a HUGE amount of time…mind you it took me 5 hours to do the diamond wraps on 20 vases!!!!

Good lock bee

Post # 10
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Helper bee
• Wedding: March 2014

@AluvsN4eva:  Those are gorgeous! Great find!

Post # 12
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Newbee
• Wedding: November 2002

I would go with silk flowers. You don’t want to get big off ball do it want sit right on the vase. What I did was to purchase a big square foam block and shaved it on all corners – then started building my ball of flowers.