[Editor's note: This post first appeared at A Catskill Christmas in November 2007 and is repeated here for the 2010 Christmas season]
I like the look of having mini-rosebuds on a round ornament but it can be quite a bit of work to cover the entire surface, even a 1.5" diameter ball. So I've wrapped the ball with two strips of 1" satin ribbon and placed the rosebuds in the four open quadrants.
6 foam balls, 1.5" diameter
Satin ribbon, 1" width
Mini-rosebuds, bouton style (with sharp stem) in pink or red (1 lb. bag)
Brass screw eye hangers
1. Measure circumference of the foam ball and cut two pieces of ribbon so that they can wrap around the ball with a slight overlap.
2. Using the glue gun, glue the ribbon in several places to the ball. You will have time to adjust the ribbon before the glue sets.
3. Once the glue has set and cooled, begin placing the rosebuds into the ball. With the sharp points of the stems you will not need to glue the rosebuds.
4. I usually start along the edges of the ribbon, making sure that it doesn't pucker. Continue to add rosebuds until entire open area is covered.
5. When entire ball is covered, take the sharp end of the scissors, and slowly pierce a small hole in the ribbon at the top. Then screw in the brass screw eye. You may need to add a small dab of glue from the glue gun to ensure that the screw eye will hold.
Again, with dried flowers involved, make sure that these ornaments are stored in a box with acid free tissue and if needed cedar chips or moth balls.
The rosebuds are not cheap - and the red ones are even more difficult to find than the pink ones.
Also, you could use fancy pins (with pearl pinheads) to secure the ribbon instead of glue.
© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee