Items you will need
- Styrofoam craft ball
- Hot glue gun
- Small gauge wire
- Artificial flowers
- Pencil or knitting needle
Pomanders, also called kissing balls, provide an alternative to a traditional bouquet. Pomanders are also great for pew or aisle decorations. They work well for bridesmaids or flowergirl bouquets for a wedding as well. They take about an hour or less to put together, and the end results are beautiful. By using artificial flowers, you can either save your flowers as a keepsake or sell them after the wedding is over.
Decide the size you need. Pew decorations are larger than flower girl pomanders, for example. A 3-inch styrofoam ball is appropriate a flower girl. A 4- or 5-inch ball is appropriate for a bridesmaid. Use a larger styrofoam ball if you are using the pomander to decorate the pews or another location.
Place the styrofoam ball on a table. Cut a piece of wire twice the diameter of the ball, plus 2 inches. Fold the wire into a U-shape and pierce it through the the center of the ball. Use a pencil or knitting needle to assist with piercing and threading the ball with the wire.
Cut the ribbon to an appropriate length to hang from the wrist of the bridesmaid or flower girl, or to dangle at the end of the pew. Loop the ribbon through the loop of wire protruding from the styrofoam ball. Glue the ends of the ribbon together with the hot glue gun.
Cut the stems on your flowers to an inch below the bud. Poke a hole in the styrofoam long enough to put your stem in with a toothpick. Put a dot of hot glue on the flower stem and push the stem into the hole.
Continue until you've covered the whole ball in flowers, adding flowers in layered rows. Go back around the ball and cover any bare spots.
Getting the wire into the styrofoam ball takes persistence. If you can't get it through perfectly straight, keep in mind that you won't be able to see it once it's done.