Looking for some gorgeous new inspiration for decorating with flowers? Don’t overlook the power of the pomander!
Pomanders, also known as “kissing balls” are an amazingly versatile way to decorate your wedding venue, whether it is outdoors or indoors. The term comes from the French pomme d’ambre (apple of amber). Pomanders were originally balls, often made of silver or gold, that were filled with various perfumes. They were worn, carried or placed in vases to help (supposedly) ward off infection and also to combat the bad smells that were far more prevalent in the past (think old time room fresheners or deodorant for the middle ages). Pomanders are also made of fruit and spices, such as oranges studded with cloves.
More modern applications of pomanders are floral ones, and most consist of a foam ball that you can find at your local craft shop, covered with gorgeous blooms. A ribbon or string is attached if the pomander is to be hung or carried. You don’t need to be especially gifted to make them, either: most of us can handle it with little sweat expended. It’s best to use sturdier flowers such as mums, daisies, dahlias, or roses, but I’ve seen them done with baby’s breath and while a bit trickier it does create a stunning, ethereal effect.
Check out this great video to find out how to make gorgeous floral pomanders for low prices, using bulk flowers from BunchesDirect:
What to do with them? Pomanders look amazing just about anywhere, adding instant interest and MAJOR wow factor, but here are the top four ways to incorporate them into your decor:
1. Amazing on the Aisle: Hang them from chairs or shepherd’s hooks using some pretty ribbons. Scatter some petals to really add to the impact.
2. Overhead Accent: Pomanders look amazing when an assortment is hanging from a trellis, an arch, an arbor, or from the trees.
3. Terrific on Tables: Place pomanders in tall vases along with your other wedding centerpieces for a unique touch. Incorporate candles or again, scatter petals among the vases to tie the table arrangement together visually.
4. Creative to Carry: Bridesmaids, flower girls, and even the bride can carry pomanders for a different take on a bouquet.
However you use them, pomanders are a great DIY choice for any wedding that will add a lot of impact, for a reasonable price and low effort.
If anyone has used pomanders, I’d love to see the photos! Also for questions, comments, or advice, feel free to email me directly at [email protected].