Special to OneWed by Amy C. for FiftyFlowers.com
Spring is here and colorful flower
bursts make the perfect statement of “Hooray!” Floral pomanders, sometimes called kissing balls
, can easily be made with Sunflowers and Gerbera Daisies
rel="follow">roses, or other sturdy flowers. This gorgeous and relatively simple wedding flower project will take your blooms to new heights.
Follow these DIY
steps to create your own floral pomander balls for your bridal shower, wedding ceremony, or wedding reception
Step #1: Go shopping!
Wholesale flowers can be delivered straight to your doorstep from the farm so shop for flowers online. Look for combo packs of flowers that offer a variety of blooms such as Roses and Mini Calla Lilies
. You can purchase floral foam balls at any craft or floral supply store. Look for the ones with the mesh wrapper around the foam ball. You will also need wire cutters, scissors, a large bowl and ribbon strong enough to support the weight of the ball.
Step #2: Prepare the Ball
The foam ball with mesh wrapper is easiest to use because it keeps the wedding flowers
intact and has a pre-made loop that you will slip the ribbon through later to hang the ball. If you cannot find them, wrap chicken wire around the ball to create the same affect. Soak the foam ball in a large bucket until it’s filled with water. It’s best to drop the ball into and let it sink down on its own, rather than dunk. This ensures that it is completely filled with water and the flowers will have plenty of water to “drink”.
Step #3: Prepare the Flowers
Trim the stems of the flowers at an angle, leaving an inch or two beneath the head. If the flower stems are weak, you can support them with 20-gauge wire by using 4-inch lengths to support the stem from the flower head.
Step #4: Add Flowers!
Start by inserting flowers in a straight line, creating a ring around the ball. Then cover each half of the ball with flowers, overlapping the petals slightly and making sure to fill in all the gaps. Are you having fun yet??
Step #5: Add Ribbon and Decorate!
Slip ribbon through the loop you created at the top of the ball. You can tie a pretty bow, or if you prefer a cleaner look, tie the ends of the ribbon into a strong knot and use the wire to tuck the ribbon into the top of the ball and out of sight. And Voila! You have a very expensive looking floral display for your special day. Hang or display on cylinder vases – the design options are limitless.
Is this DIY wedding flower project something you could do with some help from your bridesmaids?
If so, you'll definitely free up some of your wedding budget
and have fun doing it!