Billy Balls Come Unhinged


So when I visited Che Bella,  a flower shop / design team I’ve long admired in San Diego, the first thing that I saw when I walked in the store was a curtain of craspedia heads (sans stems) strung on clear fishing line.  I was so excited – a few days prior I’d gotten a glimmer of an idea to string billy balls and use them…somehow, and I have really noticed how the natural development of trends works – ideas really seem to evolve on their own, and emerge lots of different places around the same time.  It’s exciting to see when you’re paying attention – I read *lots* of floral design blogs and hadn’t seen them used like this before (I’d seen them used in mono-botanical stuff and as placecard holders, etc), and then all of the sudden started seeing really cool examples of stemless billy balls used in their ‘pom’ form in lots of different places.

This is one of my faves, from Colorado florist Cori Cook (who did the flowers for my wedding!).  Craspedia as bouquet handle buttons – genius!

Here’s another really cute example of billy balls strung on fishing wire for a ‘beaded curtain’ effect.  This image is of flowers by Branches Floral Design, and I found it on my must read flower blog Botanical Brouhaha.

OK this is kind of a cheat because i see stems, but it’s so cool I had to post it.  From the UK’s amazing Planet Flowers:

Here’s another masculine, stark design with just the heads utilized.   This is from Enmasse Flowers (found via my dearly beloved Pinterest).  Also kudos to Enmasse because after visiting their website I see that they teach what look to be excellent floral design classes in Frederik, Maryland!

And last but not least, this is just awesome – what a funky bouquet!  I’m kind of getting into the whole armature thing (Florists Review magazine always includes a ton of fun super structured and/or collared bouquets like this; you don’t see many at all from real weddings on the blogs though)

This would add up $ wise because it must include at least 15 – 20 bunches of Billy Balls (i counted a whole bunch of 10 just on the very end of the dangling ribbon part!) but how cool is it? Also, I love Florists Review magazine, but to me, the most key part of a “how to” for this design would be how many you’d need! (the stringing part is pretty obvious ; )

craspedia billy balls ribbon bouquet tropical florists review magazine


I have to admit that I love craspedia, but I banned it from my own wedding because of  a growing ‘billy ball fatigue’ syndrome ; )  But seeing it used in all of these fresh ways makes me fall in love with it all over again!









September 28, 2011 - 8:51 pm

botanical brouhaha - I love those Cori Cook bouquets!

September 29, 2011 - 7:53 am

Che Bella - Billy Balls smell like Macaroni and Cheese. Jus’ sayin’.

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