Post # 1
I am about to lose it! I am completely in love with the idea of having flower balls hanging from shepherd hooks at my wedding which happens to be in less than a week. I have the 10 shepherd hooks, ten 8in. wet foam spheres, fresh green carnations, ribbon, and floral wire. However, I have no clue as to how I will attach the ribbon to the spheres in order to be strong enough to hold the sphere while it is hanging from a shepherd hook. I’ve read that I can wrap chicken wire around the sphere but I have no idea where to buy it. I’ve also read that wet foam can get pretty heavy so I am wondering if there is anybody out there who has done this before or simply has an idea as to how I can accomplish this. Please help:) Open to suggestions and ideas. Thank you
Post # 3
I have not done this yet but from what I have read, this is what you are suppose to do. Before add the flower to the foam, take the piece of ribbon and thread (you can make a make-shift large thread with the floral wire so it is long enough to thread it though the ball) it through the center of the foam ball until it comes out of the other end, leaveing a loop at the top so you can use it to hook it on the hook and tie a knot so the loop will stay in place at the top. Now tie a knot on the bottom end to keep it in place and then finish it off with tying a bow. Then proceed to add the flowers. I will try to find the tutorial but let me know if I am not clear. Good Luck!
Post # 4
What if you used some sort of strong wire (a coat hanger is the first thing that comes to mind, but I’m quite sure there are other options), push it through the foam sphere so maybe about an inch is left on the bottom, bend that so it won’t slip out of the sphere when hanging and with the length that sticking out through the top, loop that so you can tie the ribbon to it, but not too long so it will be hidden under the flowers.
Could that work? If the wire is stiff enough to hold its shape you could flatten the top of the loop so the ribbon wouldn’t bunch.
This all works in my mind, but hopefully it could work for you, good luck!
Post # 5
Make a hole through the center of the ball with a chopstick or any one narrow stick. Fold a long ribbon in half and push ribbon loop through that hole so you have a loop on one end and two ends on the other end of the ball. Either tie the two loops into a jumbo knot (bigger than the hole) or put a large bead onto the two ribbon ends and then tie the knot. The bead will keep the knot from slipping into the hole more securely. Now you can use the loop to hang and the ribbon ends on the bottom of the ball just dangle prettily (or you can cut them short, and cover that sport with overlapping flowers if you prefer).
Post # 6
I think vyeta7’s idea will work, but maybe instead of a large bead, I would get a large metal washer from the hardware store (like 1" or so) and attach it to the end of the ribbon and it will lie flat against the bottom of the sphere. and then just cover it up with flowers.
Post # 7
I’m a floral designer and have done many flower balls – I call them kissing balls. Here’s what you need to do: The oasis (or floral foam) sphere is strong enough without the chicken wire. (if you do want to use it you can find it at Home Depot-it’s used for gardening) Use a strong ribbon and a strong piece of wire and thread the ribbon through – using the wire as a needle. Tie it in a large knot at the bottom. For added support you can use the ribbon and tie two pieces so they form a cross on the bottom then attach them to the top strand of the ribbon.(hope that makes sense, it’s hard when you can’t see it.) Then use the green carnations to cover up the ribbon. I also sometimes use straight pins to make sure the flowers stay. You can also use an inexpensive greenery like Salal (lemon leaf) leaves to cover any blank spots or to make it look fuller. You might also want to make sure the shepherd hooks are deep in the ground and then attach them to the chairs with a nice sheer ribbon for added support. Hope that helps!
Post # 8
Wheww! (sigh of relief) Thank you so much for all of your ideas and I think I will try all of them on a trial ball. Whichever works best I will let you all know. Once again, thank you.