Have you ever seen a pomander? Not an orange with cloves arranged in decorative patterns on it but a flower pomander? It’s a ball of flowers used as a centerpiece, table decoration – and sometimes, even as the bridal bouquet. It’s not hard to make a pomander, and it sure is a beautiful arrangement, so think about it for your own wedding. If you’re on a limited budget, and can’t afford all those real or silk flowers for the pomanders, use an alternative: cupcake liners! They make pomanders which are just as lovely as the floral types but for a fraction of the cost!
Styrofoam ball – any size(s)
Cupcake liners (amount dependent on the size of ball you make)
Cord or ribbon (optional)
Your local grocer probably carries a small variety of cupcake wrappers which have designs and ones made of foil. However, online you can find a much larger variety of cupcake wrappers – and mini wrappers – to suit the wedding theme. The gold or silver foil wrappers make for elegant table décor but white, pink, blue, yellow or other cupcake wrappers more easily represent flowers or even the colors in your wedding.
You don’t necessarily have to use cupcake liners which are all the same color or pattern. You can combine two or more colors or designs to create completely different designs.
It’s really easy to make the pomander from the cupcake wrappers. Start with a Styrofoam ball. If you’ll be hanging the lovely ball, poke a hole in any area of the ball, fill it with hot glue, fold a ribbon or cord in half, and push the ends down into the glue.
If the wrappers have a pattern only on the outside take a stack of about 10 cupcake wrappers and turn them inside-out Turn another and another stack as you need them. Apply tacky glue to the bottoms of the cupcake wrappers then begin sticking them to the ball. Make a circle of cupcake wrappers around the cord, then a circle around that one, and continue in this manner until the ball is covered. As you stick the cupcake wrappers on the ball, place them close together so that the ball cannot be seen.
If you won’t be hanging the cupcake wrapper pomander, glue a cupcake wrapper to the ball, then encircle it with more, and encircle that one with more, as stated above.
The pomanders can be made huge and used as centerpieces or much smaller to decorate tables and other areas. They can hang from the ceiling, from curtain tie-backs and other areas at the reception. They make a beautiful way to decorate at your wedding reception for very little money.