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Wedding Centerpieces Part 2: Crepe Paper Pomanders

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For those who were riveted by my edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger wedding centerpieces part 1 post (about the paper globes), here’s part 2! In my last post, I talked about finding the perfect “vases” to use for my centerpieces that were both large enough to give the reception venue some drama but also cheap enough for this budget bride to afford. The vases ended up actually being hurricane candle covers, which I filled with DIY paper globes. For part 2 of the centerpiece saga, I topped the hurricanes off with some homemade pomanders. (P.S. read my question at the bottom of the post and let me know your ideas!)

That looks much better, doesn’t it? I’ve fallen in love with pomanders since I became a regular wedding blog lurker, but I didn’t fall in love with the price tag. I’m not sure exactly what the price tag is, but it’s safe to say that I can’t afford it. These faux pomanders, on the other hand, are virtually free–which is good because I need to make 20 of them. Want to make some?

Materials:

Note: This project used a lot more supplies that I thought it would! Each pomander needed an entire roll of streamers and about 3 hot glue sticks, and yet, it’s still an extremely cheap project to make!

Instructions:

  1. Start by making the rosettes. I used a tutorial I found on The Idea Room and tweaked it a little. 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.
  2. Start by rolling the end of the streamer a few times.
  3. 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.

    Those instructions probably don’t make a whole lot of sense, so check out this video, which is how I finally figured out how to do it:

  4. 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:

  5. 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.


  6. Once you have the entire ball covered in rosettes, set it on the top of your vase, and you’re done!


And just to keep you guys in even more suspense…there will be a part 3! But first, I need some of your crafting expertise: I need a way to make sure the pomanders stay on top the “vases” all night without falling off, and I don’t want to have to glue them to the glass. Any suggestions?