12 days of crafting: christmas kissing ball

12daysFrom December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball

christmas kissing ball  handmade christmas decor

Tired of hanging mistletoe in your doorway? Give this festive little guy a try!

christmas kissing ball  handmade christmas decor

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam ball (mine is the size of a mandarin orange, but choose whatever size you like)
  • Glue that works well with fuzziness – Fabritac worked great for me.
  • Little pom-pom puff balls – I had some smaller ones on hand and bought another pack from the dollar store. Craft stores have some really fun Christmas ones (with sparklies and such!).
  • Ribbon

Start by putting a few dabs of glue on the ball and wrap your ribbon around it. I went ahead and tied it and made a bow – I later made the bow a little bigger. You may want to wait to tie your bow until you have some little puffs in place, so you can see how big you want it. I think this would look great with a wider ribbon, but I didn’t have enough wide ribbon so I went with tiny!

IMG_5654Next, you just start gluing on your puff balls, one by one. Luke had a lot of fun throwing the puffs around and putting them in and out of his cups, but older kids could definitely help with this part!

christmas kissing ball  handmade christmas decorIt may look a little funny as you’re building it, but just keep going and then you’ll end up with a fun little guy like this:

christmas kissing ball  handmade christmas decorNow tie that little ball of puff up in one of your doorways and call your sweetie over!

Ian says that the color scheme reminds him of the Christmas decor from his childhood (okay, so that might also be because I claimed the small puffs when your mom was cleaning out her crafting stash… thanks, Lynne!). Anyways, you could switch it up by using less primary colors if this kissing ball is too much festivity for your home. It would be pretty to do one in blues and white too. But anytime I can sneak some 70s style decor into our home is a good day for me! πŸ˜‰

You know what would look super cute with this kissing ball? Some mini bunting! I’m so excited to get my Christmas colors up. There’s still a couple left in my shop if you are interested!

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10 thoughts on “12 days of crafting: christmas kissing ball

  1. Sara,
    I happily hung my bunting just last week! (There’s a picture on the blog.) It’s adorable and it makes me happy. Thanks for making such cute bunting! πŸ™‚
    ~Stacy

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