Kissing balls, also called pomanders, gained popularity during the days of King Louis XIV, according to Sarah Wolf, "Designing Your Bouquet." Today, kissing balls are used primarily for special occasion events such as weddings, upscale proms and cotillion balls. These elegant floral decorations make a statement and can be used as bouquets, centrepieces or hanging decorations. Hundreds of flowers may be required depending on the size of the ball and the type of flower used.
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Things you need
- Floral foam spheres
- Vase or wide-mouthed jar
- Flowers (fresh or silk)
- Florist shears
- Drinking straw
- Wire (an old wire hanger will work fine)
- Straight pins
Soak the floral foam for 30 minutes until it is completely hydrated. Remove from water and place on top of the vase.
Cut the stems of the flowers to 6 inches. Place fresh flowers in ice water for an hour to make the flowers last longer.
Push the drinking straw through the foam sphere.
Cut a piece of wire 4 inches longer than the diameter of the sphere. Fold and crimp the end of the wire over one end of the ribbon. Thread the other end of the wire through the straw. When it comes out the other end, pull on the wire. It will drag the ribbon with it. The ball now has a piece of ribbon at the top to use to hang or carry the kissing ball and a tail at the bottom.
Remove the straw or clip it as close to the foam as possible. Fold the ribbon tail over and pin it against the bottom of the ball using a straight pin in each corner. Flowers will cover the ribbon. Place the ball back on top of the vase.
Cut the stems of the flowers to 1 1/2 inches long. Starting at the top of the ball, push the stems into the floral foam around the ribbon hanger. Continue pushing the stems of the flowers into the ball as closely to each other as possible. There should be no foam showing between the flowers.
Tips and warnings
- Roses are ideal for kissing balls. Carnations, mini carnations and chrysanthemums are good, less expensive choices. If the kissing ball is very large, use gerbera daisies and overlap them slightly.
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