I had a special CIY request to show how I made the paper pomanders I had at my wedding. Well, here you go!
– Tissue Paper (I bought mine in bulk from www.papermart.com)
– Floral wire
– 1 and 1/2 inch styrofoam ball (the larger the ball, the bigger your pomander will be)
– Wire cutters
– Measuring Tape (a yardstick or ruler will also work)
Step 1: Lay out four pieces of your tissue paper. One on top of the other. Mark your tissue paper every 6 and 1/2 inches. This will give you 5 strips. The last strip will be about 5 inches.
Step 2: Cut where you marked your tissue paper. As you can see, I clearly didn’t cut all that straight. :)
Step 3: Cut your strips in half. You will now have 10 strips of tissue paper. Once again, not straight. It really doesn’t matter. :)
Step 4: Take one of your strips of four sheets and fold them over about an inch.
Step 5: Take your tissue paper and turn it over. Fold your tissue paper over about an inch again. Keep doing this until you get to the end.
Your paper should look like an accordion.
Step 6: Measure out 6 inches of your floral wire and cut.
Step 7: Fold your wire in half and wrap it around the middle of your folded paper.
Step 8: Twist the wire all the way to the end. Use your wire cutters to cut off about a half-inch.
Step 9: Take your scissors and round the ends of your paper.
Step 10: Open up your strip of paper so it looks like the beginning of a flower.
Step 11: Hold your flower by the wire. Grab one sheet of tissue paper and pull it up.
Keep pulling up each piece of tissue paper.
After you pull up all of your tissue paper, your flower should look like the one below.
Step 12: Since I didn’t have a styrofoam ball lying around, I just used a decorative ball that was about the same size as the styrofoam ball you will need. Take your flower and push the floral wire into your styrofoam ball.
Take your completed flowers and push them into your styrofoam ball until it is full.
For the ribbon, I bought gross grain ribbon and cut 2 ft strips. I folded the ribbon in half and used floral pins to attach the ribbon to the styrofoam ball. I then made a bow and tied it over the ribbon that was attached to my styrofoam ball.