My best friend, Samantha Schwartz Greiff, got married a few weeks ago. In the weeks preceeding the wedding, I helped in the best way I knew how: by showing up with my glue gun. (She's the same friend for whom I made a crocheted version of a wedding-ring quilt.)
I helped her mom, Pam Schwartz, as she made 12 fabric pomanders they used as pew decorations at First Lutheran Church in Paxton and then later to decorate the reception hall.
Pam was kind enough to send me the website she used to figure out how to make them. You can find it here, and it has detailed instructions and photos.
For Sam's wedding, though, Pam said she used 6-inch circles and 6-inch styrofoam balls. I helped with the cutting out of some fabric circles and gluing them into individual petals. Cutting the circles involved a couple of cardboard templates and a piece of chalk, to mark each shape. I cut them with fabric scissors when I was helping, but there was also talk of some sort of newfangled circular cutting tool.
Pam did the honors of making the indents into the styrofoam balls with her hot glue gun and gluing the petals in place. She had it down to a science.
The pomanders looked wonderful in the church and hung from nice long ribbons. I could also see these being used as enormous Christmas ornaments or incorporated into the decorations for a bridal or baby shower. They have wonderful texture and almost look like big, fluffly, ruffly flowers.
Photos by Julie Stagen of J's Expressions. Used with permission.