- Mrs Vino
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
These fooled all of our wedding guests AND our photographer into thinking they were made from real flowers!
5″ Styrofoam balls (LAcrafts.com has the best price and this is the major cost of the project) ($18.50/12)
1 1/2″ Double Faced Satin Ribbon (theribbonretreat.com) in Brown ($2.05/5yd)
~80 Silk Roses**/pomander (ebay Clair’s Flowers; $38/300 roses)
Glue sticks and glue gun
1/2 inch gross grain ribbon for support underneath
I just so happened to have ordered the wrong color ribbon online (problem with online ordering/being particular about colors!) So I used that to form the support structure of the pomander but any thin cotton ribbon will do. Start at one end and wrap to the other side, criss cross and wrap around the sphere in the other direction so that there are 4 pieces of ribbon encasing the stryrofoam–this will give it stability. Knot at one end (this will be your top)
To get full use of silk flowers I recommend fluffing them up/opening them up before inserting into styro ball. I found the quickest way to do this was to rub it lightly, face down onto my leg–instead of painstakingly opening up each and every petal!
With wire cutters or good scissors cut the roses off of the stem leaving 1/4″ behind to stick into the ball. I put a little dollop of hot glue onto the end of the stem and stuck it into the styrofoam ball working my way around and then filling in dead spots with more flowers. If you notice any loose blossoms, you can always lift up the petal and apply more glue directly to the base of the stem/near ball.
Continue until entire ball except for one or two flowers near the knot at the top are complete. Then taking your double faced sating ribbon, slip one end underneath the knot of your gross grain ribbon and pull it through to appropriate length and tie in a knot. Work the knot back to the knot/top of your ball. Now cover remaining spots with flowers so you dont see the knotted ribbon. No need for tapestry needles or pulling through the entire ball (this is definitely necessary if you choose to use wet oasis/real flowers as it will be significantly heavier and need more support)
It will be messy and you will be covered in spiderwebs of glue gun glue but for an hour project I was pleasantly surprised how easy and great they turned out!
**Notes: Previous posters said you could do 30-40 roses and so that was what I used as my estimate but in the end, I would say for a very full looking pomander, you want more like 70-80 roses/pomander. However, when things got tight, I changed my original plan to pomanders only on every other aisle and it still looked great and I also put less flowers on the bottom of the pomander since I knew no one would be able to see it from that angle. I also would use 4inch balls since I forgot about how much the flower size would increase the diameter of the pomander!
Photo courtesy of Wendy Hithe Photography©