{DIY Project} Crepe Paper Rose Pomanders


Today I came across these super cute Crepe Paper Rose Pomanders made by Shelley Smith from the House of Smiths blog. Shelley’s easy and inexpensive DIY project is perfect for any wedding reception or bridal shower decor. Make sure you head over to Shelley’s blog for more DIY projects and tips.

Here are the DIY step-by-step instructions from Shelley:

Craft Supplies Needed
Styrofoam Ball Forms
Crepe Paper Streamers {Color of your choosing}
Glue Gun & Lots of Glue Sticks
Roll of Tape
Measuring Stick

1. Cut the crepe paper strips at 24 inches in length.



2. Crumpled the strips to make them softer and more fabric looking, then straighten them out.


3. Begin to roll, starting small… and then get a little looser, like a real rose.
Periodically, about 4 or 5 turns in, put a dot of glue on the end, by your thumb, to keep it from unraveling.



4. Wind the paper around the middle base roll, and twist at the same time so that it looks MORE like a rose and LESS like a cinnamon roll. Be patient with the first few flowers. It takes a couple to get it down. But once you do… you’ll fly through them!



5. Here’s the end of the rose. Gather the end piece of crepe paper and then add a dab of glue to the outside of the rose itself, and stick it on the edge.


6. Set it down… and let the glue do it’s magic!


7. Seriously, you CAN’T mess these up! After you have a few roses done, start putting them on the ball.


8. If some roses have longer stems than others just cut off the stem so that they can sit nicely flat on the ball form.




9. Add a little puddle of hot glue on the ball, lightly press the rose on and you’re good to go!  Use a roll of tape to help keep the ball from rolling around on the table. Make sure not to put the roses TOO close together or they’ll look crowded.


10. Once they are all done, use ribbon and some sewing push pins to adhere the ribbon to the ball and hang them anywhere you want!


Here’s another way Shelley displays some of these rose pomanders. They are simply charming!

{Photos provided by House of Smiths}

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  1. avatar Ceci says:

    Thanks for sharing..I must try this. :)

  2. Thanks so much for this! Really really fabulous. We are going to use this for a baby shower. Wonderful!

  3. avatar Mother of the Bride says:

    In place of the styrofoam balls (because they are WAY expensive), we decided to use 8″ paper lanterns.

    like these:

    Much cheaper. We also are going to add a little candle light that you can pick up at the Dollar Tree store in each one ~ they are 2 for $1.00. They will be hung by fishing line. We will switch the lights on and string them up into the drop ceiling supports along with a variety of others sized white paper lanterns.

    Thanks SO much for the tip!

    P.S. It is taking about 2 rolls of crepe paper streamers per lantern. About 60 roses. The white streamer is also available at the Dollar Tree ~ 2 rolls in a pkg for a dollar.

  4. avatar Claire says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful DIY project. These are beautiful and can be adapted to anyone’s wedding colors.

  5. avatar Mint says:

    I created the same thing but I used fusha color fake flowers which I purchased from the dollar store and glued each one to different size styrofoam balls. It was a lot faster and it more realistic.

  6. avatar Isha.Net* says:

    me encanta! gracias!
    intentare hacer unas para la boda, saludos! :D

  7. avatar KirbyNell says:

    I am sitting at my computer making these right now and I am so excited!!!

  8. avatar Lisa says:

    Actually you can mess them up.. I just made 2 and they SUCK, lol :)

  9. avatar sarahlove says:

    I have worked on these for the past three days and ended up recruiting my mom to help me. They are easy but time consuming. And YES you will get burned at some point…. beauty is painful- it’s worth it! :)

  10. avatar laura oshields says:

    these are so beautifut im trying to get the stuff together to make them for my wedding in may.

  11. avatar Vinessa says:

    These are awesome, my daughter is going to go crazy of this for her room. Thanks for sharing.

  12. What a great diy flower project! Simple for anyone and extremely cheap for something that looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  13. avatar samydha says:

    they are so beautifull. I am going to make them for my brother’s wedding. I hoop he will love them too.Thanks for sharing!!

  14. I just made some of these for baby shower centerpieces. They are fun to make :)

  15. I wanted to let you know that I just linked to your tutorial in this post. For YOU – A bunch of flowers – one dozen flower tutorials – http://creatingthehive.com/blog-post/174849/for-you-a-bunch-of-flowers

  16. avatar Grateful says:

    @ Mother of the Bride – Thank you so much for the chinese paper lantern suggestion, this REALLY cut the cost of making these down to next to nothing! When researching these a little more, looks like depending on the size and detail they can range anywhere from $20 per ball to $40 – I am so excited to make these with my wedding colors – great idea

  17. avatar Carissa says:

    Has anyone ever used paper mache balloons as an inexpensive alternative to styrofoam balls?


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