I have made hundreds of kissing balls! Hundreds! I used to work at a resort and for a few years I managed the floral department as part of my job duties as an Interior Designer. This not only included making sure all areas of the resort had beautiful floral arrangements but it meant making a kissing ball for Valentine’s Day for every guest room.
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At the resort each Valentine’s week, we would make a kissing ball for every new guest and room change for the entire week. We would make so many kissing balls during that week that it would become all hands on deck for every member of the team and around the clock work. Everyone had to learn how to make a kissing ball.
Kissing balls are usually made for weddings but you can make any version of a kissing ball for any holiday.
Below are the steps I was taught by a very talented florist on how to make a kissing ball. For my version I am not using real roses but silk roses instead to keep costs down and to make it last much longer than real roses.
For this project you will need:
- 4″ Foam Ball
- 2 Pipe Cleaners
- Floral stems of small rose buds and other small flowers
- Hot glue gun
- Chop sticks or bamboo skewer sticks
To create the hanger for the kissing ball, you will need to insert the chop stick or skewer through the middle of the foam ball to create a tunnel through the middle.
Next, slip the straw over the chop stick and reinsert in through the hole you already created. Push the straw all the way through. Cut off the ends of the straw.
This creates a smooth tunnel to be able to insert the pipe cleaners through the center of the foam ball. First twist the two ends of the pipe cleaners together before inserting though the straw. Wrap the other ends around the foam ball and twist the other two ends together.
You can then wrap a long cut of ribbon around the pipe cleaners to make the hanger. This type of hanger will not pull out of the foam ball once the weight of the flowers are added to the ball. For a version of this same hanger with live flowers you would need to purchase a wet foam ball and soak it overnight before inserting the straw and pipe cleaners.
To keep the foam ball steady while I was inserting the rose buds, I used a small paper cup to hold the ball.
The first kissing balls were covered in mistletoe during the holidays which gave the kissing ball it’s name.
To finish off the kissing ball, I also added some of the leaves from the stems, small white flowers, and small loops of ribbon to fill in all the cracks that showed the foam ball through the roses.
Kissing balls can be displayed by hanging them on chairs or doorknobs or even in a small container like this galvanized bucket. Instead of giving another bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, why not make a unique kissing ball instead.
“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2