DIY Kissing Ball Tutorial

Guest Post by Megan

Last year, I went to a boutique and saw these kissing balls…I fell in love, but not so much with the price tag. They were expensive! I immediately began thinking of ways to make them myself. I searched for dried flowers but couldn’t find any like these in the craft stores. Then I thought about taking card stock and rolling my own flowers. After the first flower failed, I gave up on that idea. Then, I saw a similar product in Target for about $25 and bought it.

I have enjoyed my Target kissing ball immensely! It’s the perfect pop of color hanging from my dining room chandelier. However, the craft enthusiast in me wasn’t satisfied. I wanted to find a way to make something similar and this is what I came up with:

Here’s how to make your very own fabric kissing ball for under $15 (or less if you already have scrap fabric on hand in the colors you want)

You will need the following supplies:

-5″ foam ball

-ribbon

-hot glue gun with plenty of glue sticks…this project uses a lot of hot glue!!!

-fabric cut into 3″ diameter circles (I have no idea how many circles I used for this, but my guess would be that I used 1 yard of fabric)

Step One

Cut ribbon to desired length for the loop and pin into Styrofoam ball. I hot glue the pin in place

Step Two

Fold a fabric circle in half twice then glue onto ball holding until set.

Step Three

Continue gluing circles side by side. You can change the direction of each circle to add interest to the kissing ball.

Glue fabric circles onto Styrofoam ball until it is completely covered, filling in “bald spots” as you find them. The end result is beautiful!

Here’s a side by side picture of my fabric kissing ball (on the left) and my Target kissing ball (on the right):

I have also made these out of unbleached muslin fabric and love the way it looks as well.
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