Post # 1
I attempted my first silk pomander, which turned out to be extremely easy and I love how it turned out. A word of wisdom, wait until the stores run a sale on their silk florals. I bought all of my stems from Michael’s during a 50% sale. My 10" ball took 20 stems of White Hydrangeas, but if you made yours smaller you may only need 7-10 stems.
- Silk flowers (buy more than what you think you will need – then only cut the heads off one at a time. Return whatever you don’t end up using)
- Wire cutters (one with nice rubber grips on the handle really helps if you have small petite hands like me!)
- Glue gun (I used a low heat one, which worked perfect. High heat may melt the Styrofoam!)
- Double faced satin ribbon, 1” – 1 ½”
Take a stem and cut the individual heads off (leave a generous amount of stem behind each head, you will need it to stick inside of the ball!). Poke a hole into the ball using the stem. Pull the flower out, fill the hole you just made with hot glue, and anchor the flower head in place. Continue around the entire ball. To anchor the ribbon at the top, crease the center of the ribbon, glue the crease, and stick on the ball. Use the pins to stick through the crease for a little more holding power (especially if your ball will be subject to a lot of movement, such as wind). Look for any gaps or spaces in the ball and fill with extra flowers as needed.
Also, be sure to store these hanging up. The weight of the ball will crush your flowers if you leave it lying down for months at a time!
Post # 3
Oh wow. Love it! It’s looks beautiful.
Post # 4
Thanks so much. I planned on making one for my flower girl!
Post # 5
thanks! this is my next project!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - Catholic ceremony, reception at local armory
Thanks for the tutorial! I plan on making one of these for my flowergirl very soon!
Post # 7
thank you for sharing! it looks great — and wow is reallllllly big! haha
Post # 8
thanks! And yes, it is larger than the typical handheld pomanders. The reason being is that this one in particular will be hanging from the choir loft in the sanctuary on the church. If it was any smaller, it wouldn’t show up!
I’m posted a picture of it in the church (I tested it just to make sure it was going to give the effect that I wanted it to).
Now the BIG question:
Should I hang it completely "as is", or drape tulle from the same hook to provide a more impressive decoration above the entry to the church?
It is extremely difficult to view in the wider shot due to all of the natural sunlight in the back of the photo.
Post # 9
Looks AMAZING! But I’d go ahead and add the tuelle if I were you. That loft is HUGE and even with your pomander being quite a bit larger than average, it seems a little lonesome up there!!
Post # 10
Thanks-you’ve inspired me to go faux! I’ll be doing a pomander for my flower girl and a ring pillow!
Post # 11
Alright, update: I ended up purchasing (ack, I know!) my ring pillow BUT I did make the pomander according to the directions above and it’s super easy! I bought maybe a 5-7" ball and bought maybe 6 stems of hydrangeas and didn’t have to make any return trips. I didn’t pin my ball, just hot glued it. Word to the wise: If you’re using pale flowers, use a white ball, dark, use a green ball. Unfortunately, I couldnt find a white ball at 3 separate stores, so I had to use a green one for my mocha colored hydrangea, and while it doesnt look bad to the uninformed eye (ie my fiance), I’d still have preferred it to be white. Good luck!
Post # 12
I’m happy to hear you found this to be an easy craft!! I’d love to see your final product if you’re willing to share pictures! I was thinking about making smaller versions in different colors.
Post # 13
This is a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing with us!
Post # 14
I’m planning on making these as my pew decorations! FYI: If anyone has a Garden Ridge in their area, I found 6 inch foam balls there for $3.99 – which is the cheapest I’ve seen! I bought ten of them and plan on alternating pews with them. I need to find some discount silk flowers to use though – any ideas? I don’t really want to pay more than $2 a stem!
Post # 16
Sweet!! I love that you used white flowers, it makes it look more real!! I love it. Maybe I can do this and add some sprigs of wire with crystals on them.
You did such a good job!