Monday, July 11, 2011

Inkling: lotus blossom pomander ball

I made this pomander ball out of wax paper. It reminds me of a lotus blossom.

I love the way the paper is slightly translucent and catches the light.


To make a pomander ball like this, you’ll need:
  • A Styrofoam ball – I used a 2.5” ball.
  • String or thread
  • Wax paper
  • Glue – I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Start by poking a small hole through your ball. You can use a long needle or a barbeque skewer.
  • Thread your string through the hole and secure with either a bead at the bottom or glue.
  • Cut out your petals. Fold up the wax paper to cut several at a time. Make your petals different sizes.
  • Starting at the bottom, glue the smaller petals and work your way around and up until you reach the top using the larger petals.
Tip: I put my Styrofoam ball in the top of a small vase so I wouldn’t have to hold it as I glued the petals.

Planning a wedding? Use larger balls and make several for pretty but inexpensive impact.

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57 comments:

  1. It's absolutely beautiful! You are so creative!

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  2. You come up with the best ideas...This is gorgeous!

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  3. That's super pretty but I'm confused on how it is scented.

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  4. Thanks everyone.

    Cyn - this pomander ball isn't scented. It's just decorative. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. This is so beautiful! What a fabulous tutorial. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  6. This is really GORGEOUS! Thanks for your tutorial!

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  7. lovely Carolyn! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  8. That's so beautiful! I'm so glad you shared at A Little Birdie Told Me! Your tutorial is wonderful!

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  9. It's so beautiful and delicate. Wow - who would have thought something so lovely could be made with wax paper - you are a genius!

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  10. very pretty perfect for a shower or wedding or any event come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  11. What a fabulous idea to use wax paper! I bet it looks amazing!

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  12. Absolute. Gorgeousness. Love, love, love!!!

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  13. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

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  14. This looks so beautiful, thanks for posting! Great blog, I'm a new follower!



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  15. Hi- I really want to make one of these, for practice. (I have a boring job!) Could you explain for me exactly how you cut your petals? It looks like some are smaller than others, and I can't tell if each layer is from one sheet of wax paper? I'd appreciate it tremendously!! It's a super beautfil ball- much prettier than the regular "pom-pom ball".

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  16. These are beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  17. Hi Tabatha,
    I'm responding here because unfortunatly, your comment is set to "no reply" so I can't email you back. To answer your question - each petal is individual. However, I folded the paper so I could cut several at one time and then individually glued them on. I did vary the sizes of the petals for a more natural look. I hope that explains it, if not, please email me and I'll go into more detail.
    Thanks - carolyn / homework

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  18. Carolyn,
    About how many petals total? Also, approximate sizes of the petals? Also, I have a love-hate relationship with some glues; could I use sequin pins to attach the petals? The whole thing is gorgeous and very ethereal. Love it.
    Julie

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  19. Once again, you take an ordinary material and transform it into a thing of such amazing beauty. Thank you for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

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  20. I love it! It does look like a lotus flower. What an amazing project!!!!!

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  21. Julie,
    I'm not sure how many petals I cut. I cut a bunch- started gluing, and then cut more. I would guess at least 100-150...You could use pins but the glue was really quick and easy. I poured some Alene's Tackly glue onto an old plate and just dipped the bottom of the petal into the glue as I went along. Your comment settings are set to "no reply" so if you have any other questions, feel free to email me directly. My email is on the top right of the sidebar. Thanks!

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  22. This is beautiful! And I agree, perfect for wedding decor!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  23. Carolyn, this is BEAUTIFUL! :)
    I just wanted to let you know that I shared this at today's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  24. I love the way this turned out. I've tried tissue paper, but never wax paper. It looks so dreamy. Love it.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. How did the tissue paper ones turn out?

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  25. This is beautiful, Carolyn! So delicate looking! These would be great for our annual Vow Renewal Luncheon's at our church! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  26. Just featured this as part of my Open House wrap up!

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  27. This is just lovely and would never have guessed it was wax paper. So creative.

    I came over from "The Answer is Chocolate" to visit.

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  28. So elegant, delicate, ethereal and zen all at once. Beautiful, Carolyn!

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  29. You are featured at New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesday. Thanks for linking up!

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  30. This is wonderful! I love the elegant feel of the "flower!" Great job!

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  31. These are amazing! I may paint a few petals (with acrylic paint) to see if the effect is still as enchanting!

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  32. I LOVE this!! What size range did you make the petals?

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  33. Hi Valerie,
    The petals were approximately 1-1/2" x 3/4". It depends on the size of the styro ball you start with. I would cut a few and see how they look and go from there. Good luck.
    PS - your profile is set to "no-reply" on comments so I'm answering your question here. Thanks!

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  34. nice design!!! I'll try to do something like that with my kids

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  35. This is beautiful! How much of the flower did you have to glue onto the ball? and how long did it take to complete one of these? Do you have a template of the petals?

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  36. I want to try this, but instead of a styrofoam ball if somehow you could have this be around a light instead? I think it would be really pretty to try that. You could even have different colored light bulbs for a different effect! :D

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  37. I always thought pomanders had to do with adding scent to a room, so wonder what is done about adding scent? To Styrofoam or to wax paper?

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    1. Hi ClassyChassy, Actually, I'm using the term very loosely. It doesn't have any scent. You're right, pomanders usually do have scent. I guess this is more of a kissing ball. Thanks for visiting.
      carolyn - homeework

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  38. I wonder how this would look if you used "stained glass" wax paper- 2 pieces of wax paper and crayon shavings ironed together. Would the leaves bee too rigid then?

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  39. Kathryn, I am totally agree with your thoughts. Keep doing these type of work.

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  40. What makes it a pomander ball? It has no scent.....
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pomander

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  41. I love this its very beautiful, I think I'll try it out. Thanks for the post.

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