Pomanders (also known as kissing balls) are a beautiful way to spice up your wedding decorations, whether using them throughout the entire theme, or just incorporating them in small ways, such as a few placed here and there on the reception tables.
You can make them out of fresh flowers, paper flowers, or tissue paper. Tissue paper pomanders are the easiest and cheapest. Because of their ease and affordability, you can use a lot of them in big clusters for a “wow” effect. Paper flower pomanders give you a little more flexibility as far as colors and styles go, but can be a time consuming diy project. But, if you’re a crafty gal, go for it! It can be a fun project with a group of friends. I especially like the idea of making pomanders out of vintage book paper and newspaper.
Fresh flower pomanders are the most sought after for their natural beauty. I’ve included a fresh flower pomander tutorial on the bottom of this post. You can also leave the pomanders up to your florist to make and design for you.
Hang them from the trees, from the rafters, from chandeliers, or from the ceiling! I love the idea of hanging pomander balls over each reception table or over the cake table or dessert buffet:
Pomanders For The Flower Girls
Little girls LOVE this! It’s something of their very own made especially for them:
Pomander Wedding Centerpieces
You can rest them directly on the table, or on the top of tall vases at varying heights. You might also want to consider hanging small kissing balls from a tree branch centerpiece:
Pomander Wedding Aisle
A popular choice is hanging them from the end chairs or from plant hangers placed on the sides of the aisle for an outdoor wedding:
Does your ceremony or reception have a pool? Use the pool as part of your decoration with floating kissing balls. Floating candles would also be a nice touch:
Pomander place Card Holders
So simple but unique. They can also double as wedding favors. These topiary place card holders are also a cute way to display your seat assignments.
DIY Pomander Balls
What you will need:
- Floral foam balls ( the ones with the mesh wrap give you a handle)
- Ribbon, twine, or anything else you want to use for hanging
- Sturdy flowers of your choice
- Floral wire
1. First, soak the foam balls in water. It isn’t necessary to dunk them. Just let them sink on their own so that they have plenty of water for the flowers to drink.
2. Trim your flower stems at an angle, leaving about 2 inches to work with. Chances are, your stems won’t be quite sturdy enough, so use the wire as reinforcement.
3. Once your foam balls are soaked, simply insert the flowers. Your flowers should be “lovers” not “friends”. Keep them close together and overlapping for the best look.
4. Tie your ribbon around the top of the mesh, keeping in mind how long you need it to be for hanging. You will probably want to have each one at a varying length. You can also use pearl or rhinestone corsage pins to decorate.
The Best Flowers For Pomanders:
Roses, carnations, sunflowers, billy balls, chrysanthemums, rosemary, daisies, peonies, or pom pom mums.