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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.
If 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!)
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 paper flower pomanders
- Styrofoam balls – I used 4″
- Lots of pins – I used nearly 1000 for 8 balls
- A Silhouette machine and the provided files or a flower punch like the one linked
- A round pencil or pen
If you have a Silhouette, please feel free to use these two files:
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
8. Keep repeating steps 1-7 as many times as necessary.
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.
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Although I used the paper flower pomanders shown in this tutorial for our wedding, I created a second version of the kissing ball using pre-made paper flowers. You can find that tutorial here.
What will you use your paper flower pomanders for?