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How to Make a Flower Pomander (Kissing Ball)

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, August 16, 2012

To make a flower pomander, you will need:

1 ball of 8-inch diameter wet floral foam

50 flowers (you may need more or less depending on flower head size)

Note: Flowers should be in full bloom. Large-headed flowers with stiff stems work best, such as Rose, Gerbera Daisy, Dahlia or Chrysanthemum

Gardening shears or sharp scissors

1 bamboo skewer

Small bucket


  1. Soak the foam ball in a bucket of water for about 30 minutes. When completely saturated the ball will sink to the bottom of the bucket. Remove the ball from the bucket and allow it to drain on a dish rack for about 10 minutes or until it stops dripping.
  2. Using the shears and cutting at an angle, cut the flower stems 1-1/2 inches from the base of the flower head.
  3. Using the skewer to make shallow starter holes, push the flower stems into the foam ball. Making starter holes will help prevent stems from bending or breaking. Determine the placement of each flower before making the starter hole. Note: Any tool can be used to make starter holes as long as it is slightly smaller than the stem diameter. If too large a hole is made, the flowers may not stay in place.
  4. To achieve even flower placement, begin by making a ring of flowers around the center of the ball, dividing the ball into halves. Starting at the top of the ball, fill half of the ball with flowers. Turn the ball over and repeat until the entire ball is covered with flowers. When placing flowers, overlap petals slightly to completely hide the underlying foam ball.
  5. For an elegant centerpiece, display your pomander on a crystal cake stand or plate.

Additional display ideas: Cover several smaller floral foam balls (2 to 4 inches in diameter) with small flowers (mini carnations, miniature roses, zinnias, marigolds or bellis) and display them in hurricanes or glass bowls. Popular wedding decorations, pomanders are called kissing balls when they are hung above the bride and groom’s reception table.

Find more project ideas, from a low-maintenance dish garden to a flower pounded note card, here. 

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