Tutorial: How to Make a Pomander Flower Ball

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how to make a flower pomander ball

Pomanders, or “Flower Kissing Balls” are gorgeous floral decorations at parties and weddings. It’s name is from the French pomme d’ambre or apple of amber – a ball of perfume. They were carried to protect against infections and diseases by modifying bad smells. Interesting huh? Well, today they’re used as a beautiful, hand-made decoration!

My sweet friend Paula of Frog Prince Paperie (who I first met when she made a birthday banner for my friend’s son) has made a tutorial for these darling floral balls! She created these pomanders for a Little Birdie Baby Shower (it’s darling, you must check it out).

Paula: “I love being crafty and doing big projects, but planning a party is such a big project by itself that I try to create crafty items that are simple but have a big impact. The paper pomanders that I made for my recent Little Birdie baby shower fit simple and impressive perfectly. So simple, in fact, even my husband was able to help with them!”


4” white Styrofoam ball

- 90-100 pearl tipped corsage pins

- Two sheets scrapbook paper – I used a pearlized pink for one ball and a matte pale pink for the other in these pictures

Martha Stewart hydrangea punch

martha stewart hydrangea punch

Step 1. You’ll need to punch 180-200 of the hydrangea petal shapes, which will take around a sheet and a half of 12×12 scrapbook paper.

Step 2. After the shapes are all punched, curl the edges of the petals upward and to the center. This will give the flowers some dimension when they are complete.

Step 3. Stack two of the flower petals and turn them a bit so it looks like a full flower. Stick a corsage pin straight through the center of your petals.

Step 4.  Push the end of the pin into the Styrofoam ball, the repeat until your ball is covered.

I started mine by making a row around the center and filling in each half a concentric row at a time. Make sure your flowers are close enough that the petals cover the Styrofoam. If you’re going to sit them flat by themselves on the table as I did for my centerpieces, you can leave about 2 inches on the bottom bare of flowers so the balls have a bit more stability. If you cover the entire ball, these would look pretty in a bowl or with ribbons pinned among the petals to hang them.

And that’s it! A very simple project for a very elegant and impressive display.

Thank you, Courtney, for letting me share this tutorial with your readers!

All the best-

Paula Biggs

Frog Prince Paperie

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  1. 49

    what a great idea!!!!
    thank you for sharing!!!

  2. 50

    Gorgeous and perfect for spring or weddings

  3. 51

    These are beautiful! I love the pink with the pearl!

  4. 52

    I’ve been making these for my wedding centerpieces. I love how elegant and beautiful they are. Since I’m making them almost a year in advance, I found that dabbing a tiny dot of glue between the flowers keeps them from shifting :)

  5. 53

    Wonderful tutorial! I just shared it on StyroCraft’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/StyrofoamCrafts#!/StyrofoamCrafts?sk=app_112493455447504 Thanks! Sharon

  6. 54

    This is perfect for a flower girl to hold at a wedding! She won’t mess up the flowers and it is something she can take home!

    Very cute idea, can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!!!

  7. 55

    i love this idea :) !! simply amazing!

  8. 56

    you are too good at this :) im going to make one soon

  9. 57
    Kimberly says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m making these myself. However, solid white and ivory paper makes them look like popcorn balls. So, I went a few steps further. I used watercolor paper and made a wash of purples (one of my wedding colors). Once that was dry, I punched out my flowers and used a lime green prisma color to color in the centers of the flowers. I didn’t color the centers in solidly, just enough to add a touch of color and realism to the flowers. Then I used a metal stylus to draw lines down the centers of the petals, again for more depth and realism. After that, I curled the petals upward and pinned them (in pairs like you have done) to my styrofoam ball. They look awesome!

  10. 58
    Susan K. says:

    help I can’t find a place to buy the petal punch. Could someone guide me?

  11. 61

    Thank you so much for sharing this idea. I’ve been trying to make pomander balls using silk hydrangeas because I thought it would be more cost effective, little did I know you need like a million of them to fill in all the gaps otherwise you can see the styrofoam. Anyways I think these are going to make absolutely amazing centerpieces for my wedding and not only that they’ll be unique and different. I love it!!!! Thank you so much again!

  12. 62

    These are so beautiful. I was going to do tissue paper pomanders for my wedding centerpieces, but found these by accident when I was searching for instructions. I am so glad I did!!! I’m using periwinkle for the bottom flower and dark purple for the top. They’re turning out gorgeous sitting on top of a glass cylinder. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. 63
    Gracadamata says:


  14. 64

    where did you get the little bird cage? i love it!!!!

  15. 65
    Sultaanah says:

    wow! sooo easy! thank you :)

  16. 66

    Love it!

  17. 67
    Mammy Made says:

    Thats reeeally nice! Love it, it looks like itd be soo much more complicated aswell

    - Ellie @ Mammy Made

  18. 68
    Shralusravani says:

    great craft! but where do we get the punching machine…plz let me know

  19. 69
    Ibeeflower says:

    This is the link the author gives: http://store.scrapbook.com/ek-m283028.html

    I bought mine at Michael’s though since I had a coupon for a full price item1

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