A few weeks ago I went to visit my old college roommate, Crafty. We both love doing projects (paper is more my style; she’s written an actual book on jewelry making), so we knew we were heading for some fun. I got to Milwuakee Saturday morning, plans were made, and we headed out to Michaels. We grabbed paper for color samples and a few supplies for another project, and then headed over to floral for the weekend’s main event: flower girl fun.
Our flower girl will only be two and a half, so I was worried that a mini-bouquet (a posey, according to my florist) might get a little beat up—either by her or her older brother the ring bearer. Plus, I loved the idea of making something she could keep. We’ll have real bouquets, but I think she’ll be much more excited by flowers to keep than a bouquet for the day. Oh, and I could have had way more flower girls. I actually had 17 offers back when I got engaged—from high school students. Five of them were boys, but oddly no one wanted to be my ring bearer.
Ancient personal photo. Aren’t I precious.
Somewhere, we still have that flower basket and the flower crown (and quite possibly the dress, knowing Mama Clover). So we decided to make a flower crown of our own and a pomander to carry (pomander = flower ball).
All photos by Crafty
Spoiler: we scrapped the crown. We planned on starting with it (and since she makes jewelry, Crafty already had plenty of the supplies), but it looked like it was going to be pretty pricey to put together, especially once we realized we could just make a headband with a flower on it. Or a barrette. Or that she probably already HAS a barrette with a flower on it. Also we couldn’t agree on which way it would sit: Headband/horizontal? Crown/slanted? Eh. Let’s make a pomander!
So we grabbed our supplies:
- three stems of white silk hydrangeas (two types—you can see the far left are smaller ones) and one blue; used two total, each cost $7
- four-inch Styrofoam ball (If you’re making these for decor you may want larger, but keep in mind they poof with all the flowers.)
- wide blue silk ribbon (bought a spool, should have bought by the yard since we needed only about 18 inches)
- pearl head floral pins (These were the most expensive part—they were also ESSENTIAL.)
- random leftover white dogwood flowers from a Kentucky Derby hat Crafty made
The only thing not pictured is some straight pins. It was great to not need additional supplies—crafting can get really expensive when you have to buy this special tool and a whole pack of those even though you need only two. It was also super easy and took us maybe 20 minutes.
We started by placing our ribbon. We didn’t want too much length since the flower girl is very little—we just eyeballed what looked right, probably an 18-inch piece including what we pinned down. We used a row of regular pins (so the ribbon would lay flat) and then doubled it back on itself and pinned flowers on with pearl pins.
There are three flowers close together here—we folded the ribbon back over the previously pinned part. This is probably overkill, honestly.
From the side, it looks totally covered. The overlap was only an inch or two.
Then I started pulling the flowers off of the plastic heads and making piles by color, while Crafty grabbed a flower and a pearl pin and stuck it in the ball. The pearl pins were great, because pulling them off the plastic head made the hole a little bigger—but since the pearls are pretty big they covered the whole thing with no risk of the flower falling off. Plus, they’re pretty.
Some of the flowers we doubled up two to a pin for extra fluffiness. At first we were doing all blues, but then we realized we should alternate as we went or we’d have big patches of white or blue.
When we were almost there, we stopped every couple flowers to make sure our colors looked balanced. We realized we really only needed two stems of hydrangeas and nothing else, so that was a nice savings. And just to check, we swung it around a couple of times, hit the table with it, and tried pulling on the flowers. Did. Not. Budge. It’s totally ready for any wedding-day abuse by our little ones. Flower girl will look so cute carrying it!
And that’s pretty much it! We made this far in advance, so I needed to think about how to store it. I didn’t want it laying down (one side could get crushed and look flat), and it needed to stay covered so it wouldn’t get dusty. Mama Clover suggested making a little tripod for it out of pins, which worked perfectly, and it’s currently living nicely covered in my dining room. (Ahem, I got this glass cloche from Shamrock for Christmas, so it’s now hanging out Beauty and the Beast style in the dining room.) And the total cost? Around $16 (using coupons and returning the extra supplies)—and I still have half the pins left, which were the most expensive thing. Seriously, this was super easy—I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something cute for your flower girl.
What will your flower girl carry? What was your easiest DIY?
- HS Math Teacher
- Wedding Date:
- June 2014
- Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL