I did these cupcake bouquets for a friend. Yes, they were pricey to make. The styrofoam ball was $19.99. I ended up cutting it in half and then using "odds and ends" styrofoam from shipping boxes to support the ball. Next time, I'll get coupons and shop around for the styrofoam (although I saved them from this project). It took me about 16 hours + to make these and the pots were painted by another friend. The flowers are mostly gum paste because I was afraid buttercream would not hold up on a warm summer day. It was a tropical themed vow renewal.