HoneyDOES: How to make paper pomanders

There are so so so many things you could do to decorate your space at your wedding.  The problem sometimes can be how to choose what you want to do.  For some and for most, your budget can dictate how and what you are able to do, but that doesn’t mean that your wedding can’t still be stunning!  I am a natural born bargain hunter.  And I am one crafty …… so put that together and I can stretch a dollar for an event like you wouldn’t imagine.

One of my brides needed a creative way to stretch her budget with decorations. She knew she did not want to sacrifice the all yellow rose bouquets for herself and her large wedding party, so we had to be creative elsewhere.  The ceremony is being held in a Catholic church and the space needed aisle decorations.  Hanging pomanders would be perfect, but we had to be more creative.  A Pomander made with real flowers from a florist starts at about $20 for all carnations and can go to $60 and up for all roses.  So, to stretch her dollar I have made paper pomanders that mimic carnation pomanders for a little under $5 each {$3.97 + tax to be exact!}  x 14 pomanders = $55.58 for aisle decorations!  Those pomanders will then double up for reception decorations after the ceremony.

So, here is a tutorial on how to make paper pomanders:

 Get your materials together.  You will need:
Tissue paper in whatever color you are using {$1 at Walmart}
4″ Styrofoam ball {$2.50 at Garden Ridge}
Floral wire {$1.99 at Michael’s}
1.5″ ribbon {$1.99 on sale for 4 yards at Michael’s}
wire cutters and scissors {already had}
glue gun and glue sticks {already had}

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Lay out the tissue paper keeping it stacked neatly. Each of my packs contained 9 sheets of paper. Following the natural creases in the paper, cut roughly 1.5 segments down the short height of the tissue.

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Cut each of these piles down the middle, following the crease in the paper.

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Using 5 sheets of the cut tissue, stack them neatly and accordian fold the sheets.  The folds end up being about 1 inch each, and you should be able to fold it 7-8 times.

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Cut a 3-4 inch piece of the floral wire.  Note:  The floral wire is helpful as opposed to other wire because it is pliable enough to bend by hand, but strong enough to withstand punching it into the styrofoam without crumpling up

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Wrap the wire around the middle of the folded paper leaving enough of a “stem” to punch into the styrofoam ball.  You can always cut more off if you need to.

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

The base of each flower is now assembled, all you have to do it fluff the “petals”.  Fan out each side of the folded paper

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Then, doing one side at a time, pick up one sheet of paper at a time and fluff up the layer

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

The flowers will look like this when you are done

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Cut 18″ of your ribbon

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Double the ribbon on itself to make a loop and glue the two sides together

Then glue the ribbon in the center of the styrofoam ball

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Start attaching the flowers into the styrofoam ball.

Start up by the ribbon and encircle the ribbon first (I needed 3 to do this)

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

Continue placing all of the flowers into the styrofoam ball.  I recommend placing them kind of geometrically.  For instance, you start with the three on the top.  Place 3 more, one below and in between where the other 3 are placed. Then you are left with 3 bare spots under and in between those three, so fill those in, and so on.  The flowers will fill themselves in as you fluff them as well.  Make sure none of the white ball is showing, as well as the wire from the stems. Finished product:

Paper pomander tutorial, DIY

It looks like a lot of steps but the process goes by quickly.  I was able to completely start and finish 4 pomanders in 3 hours.  I was also drinking wine and watching True Blood so I was a bit distracted…

Good luck to you DIYers out there!  This is a great project, and the flowers don’t die after a day!

Until next time!

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