How to make pomander bouquets

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How to make pomander bouquets
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Pomander bouquets make a lovely and unusual choice for wedding bouquets for both bride and bridesmaids. Instead of buying an expensive prepared bouquet from a florist, consider creating your own pomander bouquet for the big day.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Silk or dried flowers
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Tassel
  • Ribbon or lace
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase all the supplies for the pomander bouquet first. Silk or dried flowers should match each other in some way and compliment the colour scheme you want. Choose both larger and smaller flowers for a beautiful arrangement. Pomanders can also be made all with one type of flower. Dried rose buds are popular for this. Any size styrofoam ball can be used, but the most popular sizes are four to eight inches.

  2. 2

    Replace the plastic or natural stems of the flowers you decide to use for the pomander bouquet with floral wire. Cut pieces of floral wire at least two inches long and use the floral tape to wrap it to the silk or dried flower stalks. The wire provides enough strength and support to push the flowers onto the styrofoam ball.

  3. 3

    Push the wire stems of the largest flowers into the styrofoam ball first. Before inserting, dab a glob of glue onto the floral wire. You can create a pomander bouquet in any style you like: a random positioned bouquet, solid colour flowers, or even arrange the flowers in stripes. Take your time and choose the best positions for the flowers. Do not insert a flower directly in the exact top or the bottom of the styrofoam ball.

  4. 4

    Position the smaller flowers next, adding glue as you go. These should cluster attractively around the larger flowers. Tiny filler flowers such as baby's breath come last. Adding ferns or foliage bits can also be done after the flowers are positioned the way you want them.

  5. 5

    Bend a piece of floral wire in half. Slip the loop of the tassel or bow you chose for the bottom of the pomander bouquet onto this wire and push it securely up into the exact bottom of the styrofoam ball. Arrange the flowers on the sides slightly so that the wire and the top of the tassel cord is completely covered.

  6. 6

    Make a loop with your choice of ribbon, flat lace, or satin cord and tie it securely with a square knot. Make another two-pronged piece with another length of floral wire by folding it in half. Push this into the exact top of the pomander bouquet. Be sure to double check that the ribbon and tassel are aligned perfectly so the tassel hangs straight down from the bouquet.

Tips and warnings

  • Add pearl sprigs, loops of ribbon or lace, or beads on wire for extra beauty in your pomander bouquet.

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