Kissing Ball

DIY Sunflower Pomander

Pomander or kissing balls are a popular wedding decor item.  What ever name you call them by, the flower bloom spheres are an easy item to decorate with.  DIY pomanders are fairly simple to create.  Three floral products, faux flowers, styrofoam balls and ribbon, keep materials to a minimum.

Making your own pomanders will allow you to customize flower and color choices to your wedding theme and also coordinate with bouquet flowers.  If you are already planning other DIY flower projects you can order your faux flowers in bushes instead of single stems or possibly get a discount on bulk purchases. Who doesn’t love saving a little money?

DIY Sunflower Pomander
DIY Sunflower Pomander

Afloral.com’s sunflower pomander is a popular pin on pinterest, actually it is one of the most re-pinned pins from the afloral.com site.  Keeping in mind it’s ease and versatile lets take a look at how you can create your own sunflower pomander.


Tip: By using the sunflower bush you are going to get the most for your money, it will be more affordable than buying individual stems for this project.

  1. Trim sunflower blooms off the sunflower bush, leaving about 3-4″ of the stem. Base this measurement off the diameter of the styrofoam ball you are going to insert them into.
  2. Insert blooms around the circumference of the styrofoam ball, keeping blooms close together until the entire surface around the ball is filled.
  3. Optional, add ribbon to be able to hang pomanders for decor.  Trim several inches of ribbon to create a loop then hot glue ends to the styrfoam ball, hiding the ribbon’s ends underneath the flower blooms.

Pomanders are versatile decor items.  The sunflower pomander would be perfect for any rustic, outdoor, country or barn weddings. Pomanders can substitute for bridesmaid bouquets or flower girl’s baskets coming in at a fraction of the cost for traditional flower arrangements.  To use them in ceremony decor, pomanders can be hassle free aisle or pew decorations.

Wedding reception decor ideas are endless with pomanders.  Centerpieces can incorporate the faux flower spheres from displaying them in vases to hanging them from branches.  Pomanders make simple and affordable chairbacks for the bridal party table.  And as seen in our afloral.com sunflower pomander photo, they can be hung as decor items to dress up any venue space.

Black and White Wedding Theme

Black and White Wedding Theme

Are you looking for a glamorous wedding look that will make a statement?

A black and white wedding palette can lend a sense of classic beauty and glamour to your special day.  Guests will step out in their best for a memorable, formal occasion where you can showcase a little bit of style.

Afloral.com created a stunning black and white wedding theme during their winter photo shoot that was filled with easy, affordable DIY wedding projects.

Using the right selection of silk wedding flowers, DIY floral supplies, and wedding accessories you can get this glamorous wedding look.  The black and white wedding theme features a DIY wedding centerpiece, chair backs and wedding bouquets.

black and white sphere centerpiece

The Talk Around the Table

The black and white sphere centerpiece is a fresh, glamorous take on the traditional wedding centerpiece.  Featured on Thursday’s how-to post, you can get a step by step guide how to create this DIY wedding project that will have everyone talking.

The mitsumata branches used in this centerpiece are 4 feet tall, adorned with silk floral black and white kissing balls and decorative pearl strands.  A classic palette with a touch of glamour joined with the stature of the branches will look like you spent a fortune for custom wedding centerpieces.  But to the delight of any budget bride you will rake in savings by using the right materials and making it yourself.

One last note on this gorgeous, glamorous centerpiece is that not only does its height work for aesthetic reasons, it is also practical because it will keep decor elements out of the eye level of guests as they are seated around the table – leaving them able to see one another and mingle throughout your reception.

Black and White Tablescape

Finishing Touches

To tie the whole black and white tablescape together, dress up your reception chairs with DIY wedding chair backs.  The black and white chairs backs featured in afloral.com’s wedding theme combine black feather plumes with white tulle to accent the centerpiece’s lush silk kissing balls and decorative pearl strands.  Can you say glam or what?

Wedding accents like votive candles, twinkle lights, and draped tulle will complete your glamorous black and white wedding theme.  Any bride will feel as though they captured their little girl dreams with this wedding theme; creating a beautiful fairy tale day to remember with a lot of style and an affordable budget.


Black and White Bouquet

Style For the Bride

We’ve created a glamorous look for your wedding decor, but now we can’t forget about our bride.  Capture the style, beauty and glamour of this black and white wedding theme in your bridal bouquet.  Afloral.com’s white rose and black feather hand tied bouquet utilizes some of the same elements, black and white hues, silk flowers, feathers, pearls, that created such a stunning wedding tablescape.

Classic beauty is captured in the ecuador silk roses, with a bit of style and glamour added in feather plumes; both are arranged and then tied together in a white bouquet wrap with pearl trim.  All products are available on afloral.com.  Tune into afloral.com’ s you tube channel for a great video showing you step by step how to create this DIY wedding bouquet.

Glamour That You Can Afford

A glamorous, formal wedding doesn’t have to break the bank.  With the right afloral.com silk wedding flowers, floral supplies, wedding accessories and DIY wedding project ideas you can get the right look and an affordable price.A black and white wedding theme can set the stage for a glamorous wedding.  With the right DIY wedding project you can create  custom wedding centerpieces that will wow guests, combine with details like candles, lights and chair backs to complete your look.  Plan your wedding that will make a statement while at the same time cash in on great savings!

Wedding Design Ideas: Create an Autumn Rose & Berry Kissing Ball

Summer is still in full swing, but Fall is just around the corner.  Busy brides are finishing up the last of their wedding details for their September, October or November weddings!  Sometimes decorating is the last step in the process.  We are going to help you with a quick and easy project that was submitted by one of our brides.  She was kind enough to send this photo as part of her wedding inspiration, so we decided to help her recreate it.

Autumn Rose & Berry Kissing Ball

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You’ll need the following :

  • Orange Open Rose (20-25)Stems FSR168-AM
  • Orange Lily (3-5) Stems GTL386-OR
  • Red Berry Spray (4-6) Stems FSB456-RE
  • …and a few floral supplies & tools

  • 3 or 4″ Styrofoam Ball DAR-01006 or 01007
  • Chocolate Satin Ribbon GYR-142-9-33-BROWN
  • Greening Pins DAR-35740
  • Glue Gun FPC-H-270
  • Glue Sticks FPC-DT-20
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    Silk Florals & Supplies for Kissing Ball
  • Cut Silk Rose, Lily & Berry Stems to 1 1/2″ for 4″ Ball & 1″ for 3″ Styrofoam Ball.
  • Cut a 16″ strip of Satin Ribbon for top loop. You can adjust this measurement to meet your desired length to hang ball.
  • Cut 4″ strips (5-7) of ribbon for accents.
  • Find the middle of the top of the styrofoam ball  & mark the center. This is where your ribbon handle will be placed.
  • Take 16″ strip of ribbon fold in half  & cut a small slit in the center of loop.  Glue ribbon on either side of the slit to top center of ball.  Pin with greening pins for extra security. This will create a ribbon that can be tied.  If you want the loop at the top to hang, glue & pin the two ends.
  • Take your first rose, glue the bottom of the stem with a small bead of hot glue, & stick rose through center of slit in ribbon at the top of the ball. This will give the ribbon handle extra security.
  • Continue to insert roses leaving space for the lilies, berries & ribbon. There is no science to this process.  It is strictly your artistic floral vision.
  • Take Lilies & insert them using the same process as the roses. Continue with the berries.
  • To complete the look, fold 4′”strips of ribbon in half to make small loops,  hot glue ends, secure with greening pins & insert into styrofoam ball.
  • ** As with any project, be careful if using hot glue.  I always have a bowl/glass of ice water on hand for a quick dip if you get hot glue on your fingers!