Styrofoam balls for craft projects gives me sticker shock. I wanted some smaller pomanders to go with my large origami topiaries I made earlier (posted here). They will be hanging about the ceremony space and on the ends of the pews. The best thing about this project is no styrofoam balls needed (yay!). So the cost is the cost of paper and some ribbon.
Paper cut into squares (recommend 4″ or 5″ squares or the pomander will be too tiny).
Ribbon (about 2′ per pomander)
Glue gun, scissors
Maybe a stick/skewer to help thread the ribbon.
Cost & Time:
The cost is paper. A 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper makes almost 2 flowers and is about $.20 each (about 7 sheets of paper per pomander). Glue sticks, the cost of your ribbon (I spent $3 for a spool which was more than enough to do eight pomanders).
Folding the flowers takes about 5 minutes each (x 12 flowers); gluing them together in the pomander takes about 10 minutes.
1) Cut your selected paper into perfect squares and make kusudama flowers. Each pomander requires 12 completed flowers all of the same size. For instructions on how to make the flower, see this tutorial.
2) Cut your ribbon to length (how far you want it to hang down) –about 2 feet–and fold it in the middle. Thread it through the center of one of your flowers (this will be your top flower in the pomander). I had to use a skewer to help thread the ribbon through. Knot the ribbon close to the ends and pull the loop taut so the knot sits snuggly right at the base of the flower (see the pics below).
3) Now you will start the first row of 5 flowers. Take a loose flower and place it snuggly against the ribboned (top) flower so that one of the petals fits between two petals of the top flower. Make sure the base of the flowers line up with each other. Glue in place.
4) For the next flower, you will get a better fit if you match two petals of the loose flower to the two petals of the top (ribbon) flower. A petal of the previous glued flower (step 3) will sit in-between of the loose flower (picture explains it much better!) —
Glue three more flowers working around and that completes row 1. As you go, just make sure the base (pointy end) of the flowers all line up. At this point you have completed half of the pomander and it will sit flat.
5) This step is a repeat of step 3 & 4 above. This is just row two –five more loose flowers glued to the flowers of the first row. Again, keep the flower base lined up.
6) You now have one flower left and one hole to fill. Glue in the last flower. Look over your pomander and glue up any loose spots.
Add an extra bow around the base of ribbon if you like. Or some pretty button/crystal centers to the flowers.