Hello Bees! I’m getting married September 5th and I had these up for sale after my wedding. They are SOLD now, but I’ve had a ton of people asking how I made them so here it goes. I’m trying to describe everything in as much detail as possible so that it’s easier for everyone, but if you have more questions feel free to ask! I’ll also try to post more close up pics of things if so that hopefully this all makes a little more sense. Thanks everyone for your compliments and good luck making these beauties!
I got my vases from DFWvases.com
. They are the 12″ x 5″ cylinder vases and come in cases of 6 for $30.60. The warehouse is located in Carrollton, TX though, so I just went in to buy them instead of getting them online where I had to pay shipping (their address and phone number is on the website). You can get vases from dollartree for $1 each, but I didn’t because they were too small in my opinion and they were very thin and I was afraid they would break too easily.
The black and pink ribbons came from Wal-Mart. They are 7/8″ and I think they were like $2 per roll. I bought 4 rolls of each color, but I think I only used 2 1/2 – 3 of each color. The Damask ribbon came from Michaels, I waited until it was 1/2 off and bought 2 rolls (also $2 each). They also have damask ribbon at Hobby Lobby, I just went with the one at Michaels because it was the cheapest one at the time since it was 50% off.
The Carnation flowers and the styrofoam balls also came from Wal-Mart. I had to go to 3 different stores to get enough of the flowers though, so you might want to start on that if you are going to do them :). The balls were like $2.59 each or something like that, and they are the green styrofoam ones – 5″. I originally tried the 6″ balls but they were too big and took way too many flowers to do. The 5″ are perfect! The flowers came in little bushes that cost $3 each and it took 2 1/2 – 3 bushes per ball (I think I bought around 32 bushes total).
The bead strands came from Michaels. They were $3.99 each but I waited until they were 1/2 off as well. Again, Hobby Lobby also has them, and so I suggest just getting what is on sale at the time :). I got 12 of the bead strands, BUT I got too many because there were like 15 or 16 beads per strand, and the vases ended up only needing 9 per strand, otherwise they were too long. The bottom teardrop bead is actually from Hobby Lobby… these are actually hanging lamp jewels :). They had magnets on the top of them to attach to a lamp, but I just pulled that part off of them and used the black bead haha. They came in packs of 5 and I believe they were originally $12 per pack but I got them 50% off as well so only payed around $6 per pack.
The only other things I needed were scissors, double sided tape, and a hot glue gun.
I started off with the ribbons on the vases. I actually practiced this on my drinking glasses haha because my fear was that if I glued them you would be able to see it from the inside of the vases (if that makes sense). So I discovered that double sided tape does the trick :). I was afraid that it wouldn’t hold good enough, but actually it works perfectly and none of the ribbons have fallen off or are even loose! I started from the bottom up on the ribbons, using one row of tape for the black and pink ribbons, but 2 rows for the damask ribbon since it was thicker. For the black ribbon at the very top, I had to use two rows of black ribbon because the flowers covered it up if I only used 1 row. When I cut the ribbon strands I cut them just a little long and just cut off the excess at the end. I tried to line up where all of the rows of ribbons started/ended on the vases so it was more of a clean look.
After I did the ribbons, I started on the pomander balls. I used wire cutters (you can also use scissors) and cut the flowers off of the bushes, leaving about a 2″-3″ stem to stick into the styrofoam. The balls actually had a line all the way around them right in the center, so I used that as a guideline to start. I did a row of the flowers all the way around the center line (took about 8-9 stems). Then filled the rest of the half with the remaining carnations (limit 2 1/2 – 3 bushes per ball). I only put flowers on HALF of the balls, the other half is inside of the vase so you can’t see them and I didn’t want to waste more flowers. I originally planned to hot glue the flowers into the balls for extra support, but I ended up not doing that because they stayed in just fine and I had to move a couple around at the end, so it made that easier.
Next, I did the bead strands. This is a little trickier to describe but I’ll do my best :). Since each strand had too many beads, I wanted to save the money and not buy extra bead wire. So, I just cut one end off of the string where it was originally knotted and just pulled the extra beads off the string and put them in a ziplock bag. That gave me a few inches extra of string. I put the hanging end bead on the extra string and just tied another small knot to hold it on there. Then slid the beads all down the string so the extra wire was now at the top of the strand. I then used a nail, yes like you hammer into the wall, and tied the bead strand to the nail right below the nail head (tie it as close to the beads as you can leaving just a small gap). Then I just turned the pomander ball upside down and stuck the nail in the center of the bottom of it.
Now that everything is pretty much done, all that is left to do is glue the pomanders onto the vases. I cleaned each of the vases with windex so there were no fingerprints on the inside or outside first. So far I’ve only glued down one of the balls because I want to just make sure that the beads will hold and that I won’t need to change anything else before the wedding. I used a very thin line of hot glue and just glued it all around the very top flat part of the vase then lined up the pomander ball so it was straight and stuck it on there!
At the reception I plan to put 4 pink votives around the vases and voila! Centerpieces done!
Good luck again ladies, feel free to message me with any questions and I’ll do what I can to help out.