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DIY Project: Floral Pomander Ball

A floral pomander (sometimes called kissing ball) is a great DIY project that can be used for a variety of things in your wedding! It is wonderful for bouquets, decor and centerpieces.

You may ask, what is a pomander? Simply put, it is a foam ball covered in flowers (either fresh or silk will do!) to create a ruffly floral ball. A ribbon can be attached to use it as a bouquet or hang up as decor. You can also prop it onto a pretty vase and use it as a centerpiece.

If fresh flowers are being used, a sturdy flower such as daisies, carnations, mums, roses or dahlias work best. If you plan on using silk go with whatever flowers tickles your fancy! Keep in mind fresh flowers would need to be created as close to your wedding day as possible, while silk flowers last forever and can be created as soon as you like!

To begin, you will need:

  • Oasis Foam Flower Ball (size depends on project)
  • Fresh or Silk Flowers (ie. a 20cm foam ball will need 50 carnations to cover, amount of flowers depend on size of ball and flowers being used!)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue (If using silk flowers or if you are attaching a ribbon or rope for hanging!)
  • Pins (If creating a hanging pomander ball or want to better secure fresh flowers)

If you are using fresh flowers you will also need some flower food/preservative. Let’s begin!

  1. If using fresh flowers you will first need to condition the flowers to allow them to last as long as possible once in the foam ball. Clean a larger bucket and fill it about 1/4 full with warm water and flower food (at ratio explained in flower food instructions). Remove all lower leaves from your flowers and cut stems at a sharp angle to allow for maximum water absorption. Allow flowers to sit in the water at least 10-15 minutes.
  2. Next, if using fresh flowers you will also need to gently soak your oasis foam ball. Place the sponge/ball in warm water with flower food dissolved in it. Allow the ball to submerge itself. Avoid pushing the sponge down into the water as it can cause bubbles within the ball. These are air pockets that wouldn’t allow your flowers to drink!
  3. Now you’re ready to start assembling! Remove your flowers from the bucket you were conditioning them in and cut stems at a sharp angle to about 1″-1.5″. Starting from the top, push the stem of your first flower into the foam ball, making sure it is pushed firmly(but gently!!) into the foam base. Continue in a straight line until you have created a ring all the way around your ball. Then, make a line halfway around, and fill in the quarters. If you feel your flowers aren’t secure enough, you can pin them in with greening or boutonniere pins.
  4. If you plan on using your ball as a centerpiece resting on a bowl or vase, you’re done! If you plan on hanging the ball for decor or using it as a bouquet, you will need to attach some ribbon or jute.
  5. Measure desired length x 2 and add 3 inches for the knot. Tie into a loop (double knot). Hold in place with greening pin. You can then add some hot glue and another greening pin over the top for an extra secure hold.
  6. If making a hanging pomander, an additional detail you may like is attaching a corded tassle to the bottom of your ball, for a pretty dangly effect. To do this, attach the corded tassle loop to a wired pick. Dip the pick’s unwired end into floral adhesive and press the pick into your pomander.

Here is a fantastic video I found, creating a floral pomander with carnations.

It is such a beautiful finished look! I am thinking of trying to find some tinted blue and green carnations to make some hanging pomanders for my big day. Please send me your photos if you make some diy pomanders using my instructions!

DIY Wheat Grass Centerpiece – Perfect for Garden or Green Wedding!

Wheat grass is extremely easy and inexpensive to grow. It looks great alone or with some added flowers (roses for instance…as seen above!) creatively tucked in here and there. It makes a great living centerpiece for a spring or summer wedding, especially if you are going for a garden wedding theme..or simply going green!

To make your own centerpieces, you’ll only need a few things..and a 2-4 weeks of time! You will need some pretty containers for planting the grass in, some wheat grass seeds (found in a health food store or online at websites such as wheatgrasskits.com – 10 pounds of seed should make 25 small centerpieces), and some soil (miracle grow potting soil works great!). If you are adding flowers you will also need flower tubes, flower preservative and fresh cut flowers (preferably bought within a few days of wedding). Silk flowers may also work..it’s worth a try, and you don’t have to wait till right before the wedding to add them! Ready? Let’s get started….

  1. Wheat grass seeds are sometimes prone to mold, so some choose to soak their seeds in water and mold control solution for no more than eight hours before planting. Mold control solution can be found at most garden centers or nurseries. (This is however optional, your seeds may not mold at all!) If you do soak your seeds, be sure to rinse them well before planting or the solution may stop your seeds from sprouting.
  2. Fill your container(s) with soil until the soil is about 2 inches from the top of the container and moisten well.
  3. Scatter your wheat grass seeds evenly across the moist soil all the way to the edges. Press the seeds down firmly, and then mist the seeds with a fine spray of water.
  4. Now just wait! Within a couple of days to a week and a half your grass seeds will begin to sprout. Once the sprouts have grown an inch or two, move your containers to a bright spot, such as a south facing window.
  5. Within 2-3 weeks your beautiful centerpieces will be thick with bright green wheat grass(4 inches tall!) and ready for your big day! If you need to trim the grass, that’s fine! Just grab some sharp scissors and give it a haircut. 🙂
  6. If you decide you want to further your centerpieces with flowers you will now need your fresh cut flowers (tulips, roses, daisies, lilacs for example), and flower tubes. Cut your fresh flowers with a sharp clean knife or pruners at a height that would allow them to peek out of the grass.
  7. Slide them into your flower tubes (filled with premixed water and flower preservative) and place them in your centerpiece(s).

Here are some more beautiful examples…

That’s all you need to do to have extremely inexpensive, diy centerpieces! Make sure you send me your pictures and takes on this diy centerpiece craft..I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

DIY Project: Wedding Wish Bowl


Courtesy nutmegg on flicker

Creating a wish bowl for your wedding is an inexpensive, personal touch your guests will love! A wedding wish bowl is simply a vase or bowl you place at your wedding with little pieces of paper or little cards that your guests can write wishes, advice and basically send good fortune to you and your new hubby. Guests then drop the cards into your wish bowl for you and your love to read whenever you like! Some newlyweds like to read one a day, so they have a constant reminder of their beautiful day when it is over and they are enjoying their new life together. The scraps of paper can also be included in a wedding album or scrapbook to accompany your memories. It’s such a cute idea! Some couples use the wish bowl instead of a guestbook, while some use it as an additional touch.

The project itself is rather simple! All you’ll need is some little sheets of paper or small cards for your guests to write on, a pen or two for writing, a vase/bowl/container of some sort, some craft items like ribbon or gems to adorn your vase/bowl. You also create a small card with a wish bowl poem to include near the bowl, so guests know what it’s for..and to add a little more personalization to your day!

As for the vase or container, you can use one you already have around the house (just give it a good cleaning if it recently held flowers! heehee), or you can pick one up at a craft store rather affordably..usually $10 or less. I personally love A.C. Moore’s collection of glass vases and containers used for floral arrangements, which would work perfectly here! Michael’s and Joann’s should also carry similar, affordable containers too.

Paper can be any old plain paper (if going the absolute most affordable direction), to colored card stock that matches your wedding theme. Just cut the paper down into small cards or strips that can be dropped into your container!

Some ideas for decorating your container include…

  • Tying a ribbon (or ribbons) around the container that coordinate with your wedding colors
  • Sewing beads and charms to the ribbon to further personalize the container to your theme. (ie. Swarovski crystal beads, charms shaped like seashells, etc.)
  • Glue colored gems/beads to the container itself that match the colors/theme of your wedding
  • If your container is glass, you can do your own etching with materials found at a craft store (will cover this more in depth in another blog!). Etching initials or a monogram would look great!

The card you put a poem or instructions on to sit near the wish bowl is the last part! You can be as creative as you want here. Make a card that would stand on its own with some cardstock, make it a sticker to affix to your container, lay it down near the bowl…You could even put the finished card in a frame and stand the frame near the bowl. The possibilities are endless, just be crafty!

Here are some Wish Bowl poems..Use one, or brainstorm your own! 🙂

Instead of a guestbook stuck in a drawer,
Jen and Bill thought they would do more.
Please write them a note, a wish, or greeting.
On the plane to Spain, it will make for good reading!
Or if you prefer, some advice would be nice,
on how to stay married and keep the spice.

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Please leave us a note,
please drop us a line,
add advice on marriage,
to stand the test of time

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As we begin our journey –
A brand new Mr. and Mrs.
We surely could use
Your advice and good wishes.

Share with us your wisdom
About marriage love and life
The secret to being a good husband
Or a top notch, first rate wife

Jot down a memory,
A reminder of our day.
A doodle or picture will do
If you don’t know what to say.

Please don’t forget –
It would be such a shame
Don’t drop your card in the bowl
Without signing your name.

Whatever you pen,
We’re sure to treasure
Long after this day has passed,
Your words will bring us pleasure

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From each of your experiences,
Comes a very treasured gift,
A priceless piece of knowledge,
That we did not know exists.

Please share with us your wisdom,
About marriage, love, and life,
How to be a devoted, loving husband,
Or the perfect, caring wife.

Please write your thoughts and gestures,
To share with us for life,
For the greatest gift of all,
Is the gift of your advice.

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Bride and Groom are now newlyweds
With love for each other filling their heads.
Please write them a note, a wish, or a greeting.
On the plane to Maui, they’ll make for good reading.
Or if you’d prefer, some advice would be nice
On how to stay married and keep up the spice!

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Now go make one and send us the pics of the finished product! We’d love to see what you come up with!

Welcome to DIY Wedding, by Wed-Central.com

DIY wedding is a branch of Wed-Central.com focusing on blogging about everything do-it-yourself in the wedding world! Whether you’re a crafter at heart or just trying to save some money you’ll find everything you need right here! From DIY paper products such as invites and programs, to DIY Flowers and decor you’ll get inspiration, ideas, recipes and how-to’s to help personalize and make your special day all your own!

I hope you’ll bookmark the site and make us a part of your wedding plans! If you have DIY ideas you would like to submit to our site to possibly be blogged about, please send us an e-mail! If I use your idea I’ll give you credit, and link to your website (if you have one you want linked of course!). If you use any of the ideas on our site, I’d love for you to send me some pictures of your creations and see them on use on your special day! They may also be featured here too!

Let’s get crafty! 😀