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Three Step Pomander Flower Centerpiece Tutorial

Pomanders are such a beautiful addition to any table. The options are endless in flower, color and display. They can be done for the most formal events in beautiful deep tones. In pastels, they can add a soft touch to a baby shower or first birthday. They can even be dressed down; imagine glavanized buckets or sand pails of daisies for your next outdoor barbecue.


Flower choice, of course, is the most exciting part of the pomander. The rich smell of roses can make your dinner party linger in the memory of your guests well past your event. The versatility in color and hardiness of carnations offer so many choices. It really can be an exciting part of your party planning. It’s affordable and easy to boot.

Three easy steps are all it takes for you to create your own at home, and this pomander flower centerpiece tutorial shows you how! Thank you to Patti of Buds, Etc. for demonstrating how to make these beautiful arrangements, as seen in the Pancake and Pajama Party!

Three Step Pomander Flower Centerpiece Tutorial

Step 1. Cut the stems of the carnations to about 1 inch, removing all leaves.

Step 2. Insert carnations into a floral foam ball that has been soaked in water. Start at the bottom and add the flowers in concentric rings. Make sure you put enough pressure on the flower head to put it all the way in on the first push.

Place the carnations into the foam close together enough that the petals touch. The flowers will continue to open, filling in the empty spaces.

Step 3. Once all the flowers have been placed in the floral foam, put the pomander on top of a vase that has been weighted in the bottom so the arrangement does not fall over.

Water the arrangement by placing the ball in a shallow dish of water.


Patti Leicht, Buds, Etc.



Patti Leicht is a florist with over 20 years experience, now based out of her shop Buds, Etc. in Melbourne, Florida. See her on the web at


Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Friday 17th of March 2017

These are beautiful! Pinned it so I can make one for my home. Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! We hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

Paula Biggs

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Thank you, Sara!


Friday 17th of March 2017

This is such a great idea. I love flowers on the table, but don't like when they block the view of the people on the other side. This is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Garth

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

I've seen these before and thought putting one together was complicated. Not so! I am the most florally challenged person on earth but I think I can handle this one. Very pretty Paula.


Monday 13th of March 2017

These are gorgeous! I bet they would look awesome with the glitter carnations you can get too! What an easy way to add extra elegance to your event. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!


Monday 12th of October 2015

beautiful! how many carnations do you need for an 12 inch ball?

Paula Biggs

Monday 12th of October 2015

I believe we used 20 or so. But it a lot depends on the size of your carnations, how tightly you put them together, etc. as to how many you use.