How to Make a Kissing Ball

How to Make a Kissing Ball

While many times you will see kissing balls made out of greenery or flowers, we made our kissing balls out of ribbon. We made these for my daughter’s wedding — she really loved the whimsical look of these.

These can be used to decorate for any event or occasion. All you really have to do is change the color of the ribbon used. You can also stick small flowers or greenery in these to mix it up a little bit. What do you think?

Supplies Needed to Make a Kissing Ball:

  • 6-inch styrofoam ball
  • 200 Small Straight Pins
  • 10 Spools of Ribbon (each should measure about 3 yds)
  • Craft Glue

Tools Needed:

  • Scissors

The first thing you need to do is cut the ribbon. You will need roughly 200 5-inch pieces. I used 10 different colors/styles of ribbon and cut approximately 20 pieces from each kind of ribbon. I say approximately because not all of the spools had 3 yards of ribbon on it — some had more and some had less. Just so you end up with about 200 pieces, you will be fine.

How to Cut ribbon to Make a Kissing Ball

Grab a piece of ribbon and form a loop with it. Overlap the ends of the ribbon by about a half an inch and push a straight pin through the loop from the inside.

How to make ribbon loop for kissing ball

Now, stick the straight pin into the styrofoam ball. We had no problem getting the straight pins to stay in place. If you are worried about this, you can put a little glue on the point of each straight pin before you poke it into the styrofoam ball.

How to push ribbon loop into styrofoam ball

Grab a second piece of ribbon, make a loop with that one, and stick a straight pin through it like you did with the first. Poke this one into the styrofoam ball right next to the first one.

stick another loop into styrofoam ball

Keep doing this, getting the ribbon loops as close together as you can.

continue sticking loops into styrofoam ball

You will want to fill in the entire styrofoam ball with ribbon loops. You don’t want any of the styrofoam ball to show.

cover the entire styrofoam ball with ribbon loops

Cut one more piece of ribbon that is about 20-inches long. Fold the piece of ribbon in half and poke a straight pin through the fold which should be in the middle of the ribbon. Squeeze a generous amount of glue onto the end of the straight pin. Poke that straight pin into the styrofoam ball and let the glue dry.

7 add long ribbon for hanging

Once the glue dries, you can hang up the kissing ball. Tie the ends of the long ribbon together to hang. Trim the ends of the ribbon if needed. We made these yellow and some black kissing balls that hang from the church pews for my daughter’s wedding. Those kissing balls even had small flowers poked in them.

how to make ribbon kissing balls

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4 comments for “How to Make a Kissing Ball

  1. 12/03/2014 at 5:00 pm

    I saw a beautiful kissing ball for sale at Kroger for 30.00 bucks and I immediately started to think about how I could make this myself. The first think I thought of was that foam ball in the middle. Thanks for confirming and making this easier for me. 🙂

  2. 12/07/2014 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for such a creative idea! I’d never heard of these but they are cute as a button. I’m coming to you from Wake Up Wednesday where I’m a cohost. Please visit my blog and take a moment to say hello while there. I’ve nominated you for featured post of next week’s Wake Up Wednesday Linky. Congrats!

  3. 12/09/2014 at 9:47 pm

    Congratulations on being featured on Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Here’s the link to it-


  4. 12/10/2014 at 9:47 pm

    I love it! Thank you for sharing at The Handmade Hangout. I am featuring at Redouxinteriors tomorrow 🙂

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