01 of 05
How to Make a Kissing Ball Using Ribbon
My daughter, Katie, submitted this kissing ball craft project. We made these to hang from the pews for her wedding.
Follow these directions and you can create a fun and unique kissing ball or pomander ball using ribbon. For a nice finishing touch, add small flowers to your kissing ball craft. You won't believe how easy it is! This kissing ball was made using the same techniques as this ribbon wreath and this ribbon Christmas tree.
Start out by gathering together the supplies you will need. For... this project you will need:
- 6" Styrofoam Ball
- 7 - 8 Rolls of Assorted Ribbon - (approximately 15 feet on each spool)
- Straight Pins
- One Bouquet of Small Artificial Flowers (preferably with removable heads)
- Floral Tape
Now we can begin...Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Cutting the Ribbon for Your Kissing Ball
Start out by cutting your ribbon into pieces about 4 or 4 1/2-inches long. You can use the ruler or just estimate the sizes. We used 8 different, and we cut about 30 pieces of each ribbon. You may end up using more or less ribbon depending on how full you want the kissing ball to look.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Adding the Ribbon Loops to Your Kissing Ball
Form each piece of ribbon into a loop shape as shown in the picture. The ends should overlap about a 1/4" - 1/2". This does not have to be precise, just estimate each one. If your ribbon has a front and back side, make sure the front side is facing out. Poke a straight pin centered through the ribbon to hold the ends together. Start at the inside of the ribbon so the pointed end is on the outside of your ribbon loop.
Now, you can attach your ribbon loops to the styrofoam ball by simply... poking the pins into the styrofoam, pushing them in all of the way. I found it was easier to work with one color of ribbon at a time so I could get them evenly spread out around the ball (see example). If you prefer you can completely fill in an area of the ball as you go...
You will want to place the ribbon loops close enough together so you cannot see any of the styrofoam between them (see example). Continue poking pinned ribbon pieces into your styrofoam wreath until it is full.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Make Flower Picks for Your Kissing Ball
Once you are done adding all of the ribbon, you can make your own flower picks for your kissing ball craft. This step is optional, you do not have to add flowers to your kissing ball if you don't want to, but it really dresses it up!
To make the flower picks, remove the heads from the flower branches. They should, hopefully, slide right off. You can then slide them onto the end of a toothpick. Use floral tape to secure the flower onto the toothpick. If you prefer you can use a little glue... instead of floral tape.
Make as many flowers as you want, and then you can add them to the kissing ball...Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Finishing Your Kissing Ball Craft
Finish your kissing ball by adding all of the flower picks. Simply stick the end of the toothpick into the styrofoam ball. Your flowers should be mingled in amongst the ribbon. Spread out all of your flowers around the kissing ball.
Finally, cut one last piece of ribbon about 18-inches long. Fold the ribbon in half and poke a straight pin through the center (where the fold is). Poke the pin into the kissing ball and use this longer ribbon as a hanger. TO secure this ribbon, we added a dot of glue... on the ribbon where it rested on the styrofoam ball, but this is optional.