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How to Make Decorative Mum Pomander Balls

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For most of my life, I associated mums with the giant, beribboned corsages that were a homecoming tradition at my high school. But last year I planted a few live specimens on either side of my garden gate and WOW. If fall was a flower, it has to be the bright, friendly mum. Since then I’ve planted a lot more mums in my garden and have started bringing their bold style into the house as well, starting with these mumballs.

Things you need:
Two bunches of artificial mums per ball
4″ styrofoam balls
Wire cutters

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Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting each of the flowers off of the bunch, leaving about 1″ of stem attached to the flower.
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2. Remove the hard collar at the base of the flower by sliding it off down the stem.
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3. Push the stem firmly into the styrofoam ball. Continue inserting stems until the entire styrofoam ball is covered and no foam is visible.
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These little balls can be set out on display, used in a centerpiece, piled into a basket or bowl or, using smaller 2″ styrofoam balls, attached to ribbons and tied around napkins for a pretty fall place setting.

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