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How to Make a Paper Flower Pomander/Kissing Ball – DIY Wedding Tutorial

I can’t believe tomorrow is our two month anniversary! It really doesn’t seem that long ago. (Especially because we had some leftovers for supper earlier this week. They’d been frozen. Don’t judge.) Among the many DIY projects involved with the wedding were eight paper flower pomanders, also called “kissing balls.” We used alternating blue and purple pomanders as chair decorations to make an aisle en plein air.

jmp-105If you buy handmade flower pomanders, they can cost you $25 or more each. In retrospect, it’s with good reason – they take a while to make. Even though they take some time, they aren’t at all difficult. You don’t need to have any particular crafting experience to make them, just a bit of patience. And possibly someone who can help you tie beautiful bows to hang them with. (Thanks, mom!)

DIY Paper Flower Pomanders

I used two different shades of each color for my balls, and I made the inner petals slightly smaller than the outer ones. I was able to do this because I cut my flowers using my Silhouette Cameo. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can still do this project with a handheld punch. Even if you don’t have two different sizes of petals, I highly recommend layering the flowers for a nicer appearance. Because I layered the flowers and put lots of blooms on each ball, the pomanders took about two pieces of 12″x12″ cardstock each (one of the lighter tone and one of the darker tone).

The uses for these decorative balls are pretty varied, and you don’t have to be planning a wedding to enjoy them! Here are a few of my favorite ideas for flower pomanders:

– Use them as chair/pew decorations

– Use a large flower ball as an alternative bouquet or as a bouquet for a flower girl

– Set one on a candle stick as a decoration

– Make a lot and use them as vase filler

I’ll be perfectly honest with you – making eight flower pomanders for our wedding took me a long time. The good news is that they really are easy to make. You can curl the flower petals on autopilot while enjoying your favorite movie or TV show, and you can always work on the project for a few minutes each day. You don’t need to knock them all out at once! I decided to make at least one a week and just kept at it until they were finished.

Materials for DIY paper pomanders

materials for diy pomanders

If you have a Silhouette, please feel free to use these two files:

Large hydrangea petal Silhouette file

Small hydrangea petal Silhouette file

How to make paper flower pomanders

1. Make a whole lot of flowers. I usually cut one sheet of the large and one of small petals in each color and then worked with them until they were finished. If you’re punching by hand, try to make as many as you can stand to. Streamlining the process makes it feel tedious sometimes, but it actually makes the whole project take less time, overall.

2. Use your round pen/pencil to curl all the petals on one flower “in,” as shown.

curl the petal edges

curl all the petal edges

3. Curl as many petals as you can stand to (and don’t forget to curl the same number of petals in your second shade, if you’re using one!)

paper flowers

4. Once you’re done (for now) with curling petals, you can start putting your pomander together. Stack two flowers on top of each other, small one on top if you have different sizes. Try to offset the petals, as shown.

stack two petals

5. Hold the compound flower in place on your styrofoam ball and then stick a pin through the flowers’ center and into full into the ball.

stick the flowers onto the ball

starting the flower pomander

6. Continue making compound flowers and adding them. Try to make your flowers lightly crowd one another so their petals are pushed out. This helps eliminate gaps where the foam can show through and gives the finished balls a more full appearance.

add additional flowers

7. When you’re ready to add another row, try to offset the flowers so they nestle in with one another. Once again, it looks better this way!

offset the flower rows

8. Keep repeating steps 1-7 as many times as necessary.

9. Enjoy!

kissing balls

As you can see in the first photo, we hung the balls with ribbons. We just used several pins to anchor the ribbons in place and my mom made beautiful bows  to add some additional flair. I’m great with knots, but for some reason I’m pretty awful with bows! Never forget that having a DIY wedding does not mean you have to do it all literally by yourself – ask for help if you need it.

Are you looking for more DIY wedding project ideas? Please visit my DIY Wedding tab for a gallery of projects!

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  • Duni September 18, 2014, 06:19

    These are sensational! I fully understand how much work went into them though 🙂
    I’d like to try this for the holiday season – hopefully I’ll have some spare time!

    • Natashalh September 18, 2014, 06:24

      That would be so pretty! Small ones could even make nice ornaments. I hope you have time to make some! They really aren’t hard, just take a while.

  • Edi September 18, 2014, 07:51

    These turned out great! I can’t even imagine the amount of time these took! You are the DIY queen 🙂

    • Natashalh September 19, 2014, 06:51

      Thank you =)

      I really couldn’t say how many hours they took. I worked on them through several movies we watched and then some! I think it was worth it, though.

  • Anna September 18, 2014, 23:50

    These are so cute! Love them!!! I love making paper flower things 🙂

    • Natashalh September 19, 2014, 06:48

      Thank you! I love working with paper because the main expense is your time, not supplies, and it’s so versatile! Thanks for stopping in.

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia September 19, 2014, 04:25

    I’ve always thought these were so pretty. You ARE the DIY queen, haha. Hats off to you for all of the time you spent getting ready for the wedding!

    • Natashalh September 19, 2014, 06:54

      Thanks!It was a lot of work, but I’m god I did so much myself.

  • Tasha's mom September 19, 2014, 07:52

    You’re welcome!

    • Natashalh September 20, 2014, 07:57

      I’m actually about to head to that little marina right next to where we got married for a surfing lesson! Hopefully I can finally figure out how to catch a wave.

  • Amelia September 19, 2014, 22:25

    Wow these are so pretty!!! And they look pretty simple too. I’d love to try making one

    • Natashalh September 20, 2014, 07:50

      Yes, they are pretty simple, they just take a minute! Thanks so much for stopping in. =)

  • LeAnn September 20, 2014, 19:36

    Those are SO pretty! I’m not sure I’d have the patience to make 8!!

    • Natashalh September 21, 2014, 08:14

      That’s why I started a few months early =)

  • Cindy Eikenberg September 21, 2014, 00:28

    Hi Natasha! These are just gorgeous! Visiting from PinkWhen and pinning! Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

    • Natashalh September 21, 2014, 08:14

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the visiting and pin =)

  • Marieken September 22, 2014, 07:38

    These look awesome, and I love the picture of them hanging at the side of the chairs.

    • Natashalh September 23, 2014, 13:25

      Thank you! I think my mom’s bows really added that finishing touch.

  • Kristina and Millie September 24, 2014, 15:11

    love this flower pomander! so pretty and while time consuming looks pretty easy to make! I think I need a few of these in my life 🙂 Stop by and share at our Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime!

    • Natashalh September 24, 2014, 15:55

      They’re defnietly a great project to work on while catching up on a favorite TV show! Time consuming but very easy. Thanks for inviting me to your link party – I’ll make sure to check it out!

  • Shallu June 2, 2016, 10:23

    What’s the puncher size used here?

    • Natashalh June 6, 2016, 10:30

      I actually didn’t use a punch – I used a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and the file I provided for free. =) The flower punch I linked is the best match I’ve found for a paper punch, but I don’t know exactly how big the flower it produces is since I didn’t use it. I hope that’s a least a little helpful!

  • Diane October 16, 2016, 06:32

    Hi, love these pomanders and thought i might make some for christmas, however you dont say what size cardstock you used. Can you tell me was it 120gsm or 95gsm…I have not used cardstock before so i have no idea of thicknesses.

    Thank you for sharing! xx

    • Natashalh October 16, 2016, 08:48

      Thanks for stopping by!

      The size sheet I used was 12″x12″, but any size will work. =) As for thickness, I used the Neenah Creative Collection Classics Starter Kit, which is 65lb/176gsm. You obviously don’t have to use the exact same cardstock, though! The 95gsm might not hold the curl as well and could be a tad less durable, so I’d go for something a bit thicker, like the 120 you mentioned or the 176 I used. Generally with this project, I’ve found that thicker is better.

      I hope that’s helpful!

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