I love kissing balls. They are such a fun, whimsical decoration for Valentine’s Day, weddings, girl’s princess parties, baby showers- and they are so easy! Today I am going to show you how to make an adorable felt kissing ball- and all you need is some felt, a styrofoam ball, and a hot glue gun!
This is a really easy way to brighten up your valentine’s decor- and you might already have the materials on hand! Don’t have a styrofoam ball? You could make a paper mache ball, use an old toy, or any round object. And if you don’t have felt on hand, you could use scrap red and pink fabrics! So many options!
To start, cut your felt sheet into strips. I used a 20×10″ piece of fabric felt (which has a much richer texture), but you could use the small sheets you find in the kid’s craft section of your craft store, too.
Next, take a strip and twist it. Carefully make a spiral with the strip, and keep twisting and tucking felt as you go.
When you are done twisting and tucking, you will have a small rosette (longer strips will produce bigger rosettes).
With your hot glue gun, glue into your rosette to hold it in place. I slip some hot glue in any of the nooks and crannies I can (without it showing) to keep the rosette shape. Also be sure to glue the last part of the strip onto the bottom of the rosette with a generous amount of hot glue. Be careful- it is really easy to burn fingers during this step (I am currently sporting a big blistered burn on my finger).
Work your way around the styrofoam ball and glue your rosettes in place. You want them to be tight together so no styrofoam is showing. Use a generous amount of hot glue to adhere it to the ball (watch your glue temperature- I have a cheap glue gun with no settings, and it can sometimes melt the styrofoam when too hot).
I glued some ribbon onto the top of the ball so it would hang. I just glued rosettes around the ribbon (making sure it would still hang straight) to place it.
When you’re all done, you will have an adorable kissing ball!
I love to hang these on Shepherd’s hooks up the driveway or around the backyard!
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