Personally, I think they look best lining the aisle at your ceremony but whatever you decide, one thing is for certain: to get the right look, you need lots of pomanders. And while your florist can easily make them for you, you can also cut costs by making them yourself, especially if you start early. Grab your glue gun and read on.
- Styrofoam balls or pool noodles (I’ll explain this later)
- Dried roses or artificial flowers
- Floral wire
- Glue gun
Step 1: Create your base. If you don’t mind spending a few extra dollars, you can purchase Styrofoam balls from your local craft store. But if you’re on a budget, you can create your base using an old pool noodle. Just saw off two 1” pieces using a serrated knife and cut a small chunk out of each piece (you’ll end up with a “C” shape). Fit the two pieces together to create a sphere and glue a few pool noodle trimmings in the empty spaces to round out your base. (Some bloggers recommend creating your base from rolled up magazine pages but I wanted ours to be water proof.)
Step 2: Cut two 3’ pieces of floral wire and crisscross them around your ball. Imagine two lines of longitude running from the top to the bottom of your ball and back up again; twist the ends together to hold them in place, leaving a long “tail” and don’t worry about how they look; you’re going to cover them.
Step 3: Prepare your roses by cutting off the stems. You can use artificial roses (in which case you’ll want to use a wire cutter) or real roses (be sure to dry them first). Since pool noodles and Styrofoam don’t hold water, it is better to use dried or artificial flowers since neither are alive.
Step 4: Begin gluing your roses to your base using your glue gun. To get a nice, full pomander, keep them close together and be sure to rotate your base frequently to avoid bald spots. You can use different colors but solid colored balls tend to make the most impact.