Rose Ball in Orb

Published July 19, 2012

At this time of year there are many types of flowers in our gardens that can be used for simple flower arrangements. Roses are becoming plentiful now and can be clipped and inserted in floral foam for a quick and easy table centerpiece. If you are in a pinch, many supermarkets carry a dozen roses for a reasonable price.

The trick to this flower arrangement is to measure the opening of the glass orb to be sure the rose ball will fit through the top opening. The roses will collapse somewhat so the idea is to assemble the largest rose ball possible.



  • 1dozen roses
  • 1 brick fresh floral foam(or foam ball)
  • Floral preservative
  • Sharp knife
  • Green foliage
  • Clear, glass orb


Begin by cleaning your roses of any dirt and debris. Remove all leaves from the stems.

Using your sharp knife, carefully carve the fresh floral foam into the shape of a ball. Alternatively, you may be able to find a pre-formed floral ball at your local craft store or floral outlet.

Soak your floral foam in room temperature water that has been treated with floral preservative. Let sit for 20 minutes. Taking your rose stem in one hand, carefully make a sharp cut on an angle approximately 3 inches down the stem from the rose head. Immediately insert the rose into the floral foam ball.  Repeat with all rose heads until the entire ball is covered.

Place the rose ball inside the glass orb that has been filled with 2 inches of room-temperature water.  Set on table. Be sure to keep the water level at the same level at all times and remember to pour water over the  rose ball daily to ensure the foam ball remains moist.