- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
This is my first “DIY” instruction manual so forgive me if it makes zero sense!
I have always loved the look of pomander balls (or “kissing balls”, whatever you prefer to call them. I prefer the former simply because I just am not a fan of talking about “kissing balls” in public!). But I always thought they HAD to be made with real, fresh flowers. This is definitely NOT the case, people! I’m not getting married until June 2011 and I just finished my first pomander ball. So, if it NEEDED to be made with real flowers, I can guarantee you that, had I used them, my ball would definitely not be achieving the reaction from people I’d like it to achieve (“aww…black, decrepit kissing balls! How romantic!”)
First of all, I find it necessary to mention that I am a very low budget bride. I’m planning on doing as much DIY things as humanly and fiscally possible. This is why I’m starting on these things a year in advance! That being said, almost all of my supplies for this DIY project were bought from the dollar store (Dollarama in Canada).
– Fake flowers (I used a mix of two different types of flowers, unintentionally. I blame Dollarama for the mix up! They put too many similar colored flowers near each other and I got super excited when I seen all the pink flowers. I just scooped them all up and put them in my cart, not even paying attention to the fact that they are noticeably different flowers. Shhh)
– Glue gun
– Glue sticks
– “Willow straw ball” (as the ball itself states)
(missing from photo: scissors since I had already cut up all of the flowers prior to taking this photo)
- Gather all of your fake flowers. Using scissors (or some other amazingly sharp device) cut the flowers from the green stems. All that should be left is a little green nub that protrudes from the bottom of the flower. Or, if you’re lucky like me, get your future hubby to do this. Mine loves any excuse to use ‘man tools’ (the particular tool he used he describes as a “cable cutter that only cuts up to 55mm” ).
- Measure your ribbon according to how dangly you’d like your pomander ball to be. Once you’ve got your ribbon measured, cut it. Next, take your handy dandy glue gun (a DIY brides’ savoir!) and glue one end of the ribbon to the ‘willow straw ball.’ Once you’ve placed the ribbon in the glue, hold it there for a few moments to make sure the glue is going to hold. Next, glue the other end of the ribbon on top of the part that you just glued to the ribbon. Again, push the ribbon in place and don’t be afraid to be a little forceful! My arm muscles were shaking at some point during this project because I was pushing the flowers into the ball THAT hard!
3. Now that you’ve got all your flowers ready to be glued on, it’s time to get your, well, glue on! I went a little crazy with the glue, I’m not going to lie. I probably wasted much more than necessary but I wanted to be on the safe side and guarantee that the flowers weren’t going to fall off as I was assembling my pomander ball. So, what I did was put a LOT of glue right onto the ball, where I was planning on placing the flower. And then I would put a lot more glue onto the little nub on the bottom of the flower and then stick that sucker into the glue on the ball. You have to be rough with it and press it securely in place for a few moments. During the ball assembly, some of the flowers fell off and I was less than pleased with this! I’m not going to lie, there were a few moments where there was nearly a flying flower ball making its way through the atmosphere in my house. But, I collected myself and put more faith in my trusty glue gun and proceeded to glue gun the shit out of that willow ball and all of the flowers.
4. Continue gluing all of your flowers on until your ball is 100% covered. I placed the flowers closer together than was probably necessary. I didn’t want any part of the red ball to be visible through the flowers.
P.S. I conveniently left out the part where I got angry at my pomander ball and thrust it into my future hubby’s hands and told him to finish it. J Oops. He was more than willing though. Any excuse to use a glue gun!