When you're looking for wedding reception centerpiece ideas, consider making these crepe paper flower pomanders! These pomanders are a very thrifty alternative to real flowers.
See this project and more on the blog!
- Foam balls (8" would work best for my vases) OR wadded up newspaper
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Streamers (200 feet per pomander)
- Glue dots
- Start by making the rosettes. First I cut my streamers into strips about 3-4 feet long. I didn't measure them first, so of course none of the rosettes are uniform. I think that makes them look more realistic though.
- Start by rolling the end of the streamer a few times.
- Then you'll continue wrapping the rest of the strip around your roll in a spiral, except that you'll twist the strip as you go. I found that it works best to twist it often and randomly, and not too tightly.
- When you're finished wrapping and twisting, secure the end of the strip to the rosette using a glue dot or a dab of hot glue. Your rosette should look like this:
- Once you've made enough rosettes (for me it was when I finished off the entire roll of streamers), glue them to your ball using a hot glue gun. Most pomander tutorials will advise that you use a foam ball as your base. However, since I need to make 20 of these and I need a fairly large ball, I really couldn't justify the expense. It would have cost me about $275 just for the foam balls! Instead, I rolled up a few sheets of newspaper and taped them into a spherical shape and called that my ball. Then I glued the rosettes to my newspaper balls.
- Once you have the entire ball covered in rosettes, set it on the top of your vase, and you're done!