(Closed) Urgent…I’m about to lose it!

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You can get the chicken wire at a hardwarre store.  Can you maybe ask your florist for advice?

Post # 4
228 posts
Helper bee

Or run the ribbon itself through the ball?  I’ll second asking your florist, if you have one.  And I’d definitely recommend doing a dry run with flowers, wet foam, etc., and letting it hang there for a while to make sure it doesn’t slowly tip over or something.  Good luck!

Post # 5
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

You don’t have to use the wet floral foam at all. A little known trick to create those beautiful spheres is to buy just regular styrofoam balls (they come in white and green) you can find the dry foam balls at hobby lobby.  You snap off the heads of the carnations and insert a toothpick down the center of the carnation through the neck/calynx and push one end of the toothpick right into the foam ball.  The ball will be MUCH LIGHTER than if you tried to use Oasis (the wet foam)  to secure the ribbon,insert it with a wire floral pin. (you can get these at hobby lobby or michaels) OR if you’re in a pinch,unbend a paper clip and secure it that way.

As long as you are using FRESH carnations, your balls will look great and you won’t have to worry about them falling, dripping, etc.

If you need more help, PM me 


Post # 6
18 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

Here’s how floral shops do it – you just have to take a strong floral stem or straw or floral wire and poke a hole through the center of the oasis ball.  Then take your ribbon 3′ or so, grab both ends so you can find the middle of the ribbon tie a sturdy stem piece, 1 – 2 inches in length, at the middle of the ribbon.  Pull the two ends through the hole in the oasis.  The end result should be your ribbon ends out the top of the oasis ball and extra reinforcement at the bottom with the ball sitting on the stem.  (If you’d rather have a perfect loop – no bow at the top of the ball, just knot the two ends around the stem piece and string the loop through the oasis ball so all you have a the top is a perfect loop, not two loose ends.)

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