One thing that is really trendy right now in the wedding world is the mighty flower ball – it’s being used as hanging décor for the reception hall, as centerpieces atop beautiful pedestals and along the aisle as the perfect pop of color for the ceremony venue. While they look expensive, they’re super easy to create. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
1 Styrofoam Ball (whatever size you want)
Crepe Paper (your choice of colors)
Hot Glue Gun
Embellishments (ribbon, beads, etc.)
How to Make the Flowers
Start by creating the crepe paper roses. These are simple to make. Just roll a bit of the crepe paper (about 1-2 inches) the same way you’d roll a newspaper, so that you have a small roll. Then, holding the roll between the thumb and finger of your non-dominant hand, use the dominant hand to layer crepe paper around the roll to make the “petals.”
Keep rolling the crepe paper until the rose is the size you want. The best size is about 1 to 1.5 inches across. Carefully rip the paper and place a small dot of hot glue on the back of the rose, affixing the hanging end of the paper to the back to hide it. Now you have a small rolled rose.
Hot glue the rose to the Styrofoam ball. You’ll need to make enough roses to cover the entire ball, gluing as you go. If you want the ball to sit on a pedestal, you can use a cheap candle holder from your local craft or home décor store. Simply leave one small area of the Styrofoam ball empty and use hot glue to affix it there to the candlestick.
If you want the ball to hang, make a ribbon hanger as long as you want it by cutting a length of ribbon and hot gluing the ends together to make a loop. Then, hot glue the end of the loop between two of the crepe paper roses on the ball. Voila – you have a hanging pomander that was super easy (and super cheap) to create!
If you’re the type of girl who loves vintage things, a vintage engagement ring might be the kind of ring you’ve been dreaming of. Aside from having one passed down from a great grandmother, it can be kind of difficult to find the perfect vintage ring – people don’t usually let those things go, after all. Here are a few great places to find vintage engagement rings online.
Brilliant Earth has an entire collection of gorgeous vintage engagement rings. With most of these rings, there is only one available, so you certainly don’t have to worry about your girlfriends having something similar. One perfect example is the Lilo Ring, a brilliant 10k yellow gold, garnet ring from the Victorian era. It’s absolutely stunning, and it definitely fits the bill when it comes to gorgeous vintage rings available at an affordable price.
Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
Another great place to check for antique engagement rings is Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry. They have a huge selection of vintage rings to fit a variety of budgets and tastes. A perfect example is the unbelievable Van Craeynest two-tone 18k engagement ring and wedding band set. It’s adorned with fantastic orange blossoms, a symbol of enduring love.
Trumpet & Horn
With a huge selection of authentic vintage engagement rings, it’s hard not to get lost in all the beauty on the Trumpet & Horn website. Here, you can find stunning rings like the Zionsville Art Deco, 14k white gold and diamond engagement ring. Most of their vintage choices are just as affordable as modern rings, and if you want something vintage-looking but not actually old, you can go with the vintage-inspired collection.
These are a few great places to check when you’re in the market for a stunning vintage engagement ring. You’ll find offerings for all personalities, styles and budgets.