I’m up to my ears in wedding décor projects, since my fiancé and I are tackling our decorations DIY-style. I’ll share some of my projects as I go along, along with tutorials on how to replicate them for any other crafty brides-to-be looking to personalize their wedding decorations on a budget.
For my first trick, I’m going to share a tutorial for paper pomander balls!
I love this project because the final product is strikingly beautiful, and they’re easy to make, affordable, and totally customizable to your colors and décor. Although I’m crafting these to hang from the ceiling at our wedding venue, they would be great to add pops of color to any event, or even as household decorations. As I’ve been working on these bit by bit, I have a few sitting around at any given time. I like to sit them in vases to keep them from rolling around.
What you’ll need:
- A Silhouette cameo and cutting files below OR manual flower paper punch
- Pearl floral/corsage pins
- Styrofoam ball(s) (the one displayed here uses a 10″ ball)
- Cardstock in your desired color(s)
- A pen or pencil
Step 1: Cut flower shapes
I use my trusty Silhouette Cameo for this step, paired with cutting files of hydrangea petals. I customized the designs I found on The Artisan Life, because I wanted my pomanders to be considerably larger (with larger flowers), and I wanted to use 8.5” x 11” paper packs. Here are the files… feel free to use them as is or customize further:
I cut the larger flowers in a darker shade of paper, and the smaller flowers in a lighter coordinating shade.
Because setting up the Cameo, getting out my paper, cutting and repeating can take some time, I try to cut large batches of flowers at once. This project requires a LOT of flowers, especially if you’re using larger foam balls like I am. I typically cut 6 sheets of large flowers and 6 sheets of smaller ones at one time.
If you’re using a manual punch, your flowers will be the same size, but you’ll still get a layered effect by cutting half of your flowers in a darker color and half in a lighter one. Just make sure that you cut the same number of dark flowers and light flowers.
Step 2: Curl your petals
Once you’ve cut out a bunch of petals, you’ll need to curl them inwards, one at a time. I’ve used a pencil, pen, dowel… whatever I’ve had handy when I’ve been working. Just wrap the paper around the pencil/pen, hold it in place with a finger, and roll inwards.
If you’re going to be cutting and curling a ton of these, you might even want to purchase tools made specifically for curling paper petals, like these. I haven’t used them myself, but I’ve seen them used in paper flower tutorials, and my MIL reminded me about them. Out of all of the steps, curling seems to take me the longest. It’s best to tackle this step while you’ve got something else to entertain you, since it can get pretty tedious… for me it’s been sitcoms, a couple movies, and even one of my fiance’s hockey games (cold fingers, do not recommend).
Step 3: Arrange and pin your petals
Now that you’ve cut and curled your petals, place a larger/darker petal behind one of the smaller/lighter petals, and rotate them so the petals alternate and the flower looks full. Being careful to keep your fingers out of the way (I speak from experience), pierce both petals through the center with a pearl-tipped corsage pin.
You can pile up your pinned flowers or stab them into a towel or old pillow until you’re ready to arrange them on your pomander. My mom has helped me with some of these, assembly line style, and they seemed to go a little faster.
Step 4: Attach flowers to styrofoam ball
One by one, you’ll need to pin the flowers onto your stryofoam ball. I find that the best method is to start out by arranging your flowers in a row, then working on a row below and alternating the flowers slightly, and repeating.
To give your pomander a full look and to keep your petals curled and three-dimensional, you’ll want to pin the flowers close to each other so that they put some pressure on each other’s petals. This will also fill in the blank styrofoam spaces.
When you’re all done, they should look something like this.
I love them! There’s just something so rewarding about crafting your own creations, isn’t there?