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How to Decorate with Billy Balls

April 11, 2012  8 Comments

Do you love craspedia? Want to learn how to decorate with billy balls for your wedding? These bright yellow flowers can add a poppy punch of color to any space, making them perfect for wedding décor. Billy balls – also known as craspedia or billy buttons – are flowers with long brilliant green stems and sphere-shaped bright yellow head. Use these flowers to decorate your ceremony space, add to your bouquet as a filler, create boutonnieres, display as wedding centerpieces, and more! Today we’re showing you our favorite ways to decorate with billy balls to add an essential whimsical flair to your day. Enjoy!

billy balls

left – photo credit: gabriel ryan photographers, designed by jl designs and events via bollea // right – photo credit: james carson photo blog via pretty chicky

Billy Balls

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Place these flowers in decorative vases or mason jars and disperse throughout your ceremony and reception site.

decorate with billy balls

by flores del sol

billy ball in vase

by flores del sol

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: jl photographers via oh lovely day

Wedding Centerpieces

Place vases of billy balls to decorate a reception table. This example shows a clean, simple, and modern tablescape using craspedia in white vases, white taper candles (consider long burning candles to last through the night!), orchids, and a burlap table runner for texture.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: kristina lynn photography, styled by: studio fleurette // via elizabeth anne designs

Place Settings

Tuck a billy ball stem into the place setting at each guest’s seat.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: kristina lynn photography, styled by: studio fleurette // via elizabeth anne designs

Cake

Decorate your wedding cake using either real dried craspedia or faux felt billy balls.

billy ball cake

photo credit: adrienne gunde, styled by: sassy girl weddings, flowers by commerce flowers via wedding chicks

decorate with billy ball

by fairy folk weddings

Decorate your cake with a banner topper (from Ready Go) and add a simple vase with billy balls as décor.

decorate with billy ball

by ready go

Or, consider a cake topper with faux billy balls like a monogram letter topper made from faux craspedia or billy ball cake garland.

decorate with billy ball

by cherry time

decorate with billy balls

by cherry time

Boutonnieres

Select billy ball boutonnieres for the groomsmen…

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: jl photographers via oh lovely day

Bouquets

… and matching billy ball bouquets for the bridesmaids.

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: aaron hoskins photography, floral design: aj’s fine foods via the sweetest occasion

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: focus photography via grey likes weddings

decorate with billy balls

bouquet by sammy doe, photo credit: patro lind

This beautiful bouquet of daisies incorporates billy balls as a cheerful filler, perfect as the bride’s bouquet!

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: focus photography via grey likes weddings

To decorate with billy balls without a full-fledged bouquet, use just a few stems.

decorate with billy balls

floral design by: nicole ha floral design via bouquet bouquet

Accessories

Wear craspedia as a bridal hair accessory, earrings, or around your neck as a necklace. Who knew this tiny flower could inspire so many accessories?

decorate with billy balls

photo credit: aaron hoskins photography, floral design: aj’s fine foods via the sweetest occasion

billy ball earrings

by something new & something old

billy ball necklace

by fairy folk

Escort Cards

Decorate your billy balls tied to your escort cards. This first example features a DIY billy ball escort card box for your wedding.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: lily red studio, styled by soiree events chicago via elizabeth anne designs

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: adrienne gunde, styled by: sassy girl weddings, flowers by commerce flowers via wedding chicks

Invitations + Place Cards

decorate with billy ball

by wedding girl, photo credit: kristen steele photography

decorate with billy ball

by wedding girl, photo credit: kristen steele photography

decorate with billy balls

by pink lily press

decorate with billy balls

by b designs invitations

DIY Billy Balls

For more DIY billy ball ideas, check out these clever tutorials. Design Sponge shows you how to make your own felt DIY billy balls, like this:

decorate with billy ball

via design sponge

Or, learn how to make pretty table decorations with dried craspedia at Hooray Blog.

decorate with billy ball

photo credit: andrea dozier via hooray blog

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What do you think about billy balls? Like ‘em or leave ‘em?

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Happy Planning!


-E.

Comments

  • http://www.apaperproposal.com Sarah {A Paper Proposal}

    Lots of really great ideas here!

  • http://shoptigerlilly.com Mandy Greenan

    That second bouquet is adorable!

  • http://www.goradio.com Suzy/Birdie

    Great curated list! Really love the cakes!

    – Bird, Dog n’ Bird

  • http://CityGirlMeetsCountryBoy.Blogspot.com Alana

    Love all the ideas you’ve found!!!! The dried Billy Balls look really cool. I will have to dry some out for my house now! Thanks for sharing :-)

  • http://leblogdetifleur.over-blog.com/ tifleur

    I discover this flower a couple of months ago, and i like it! Your article is full of ideas : thanks!



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