Hey friends! Adrianne here with you today, and I’m about to say something that might shock you… I am not a wreath person. They’re lovely on the front doors of my friends and neighbors, but I’m just not into them. I know, I know – I’m in the minority! What I love instead of wreaths are smaller winter decor pieces – like the kissing ball. You can find kissing balls all over the place this time of year (and also during wedding season!) and today I’m going to show you how you can make your own pine cone DIY kissing ball.
This DIY kissing ball is beautiful all winter (and uses faux greenery so you can use it year after year), but I especially love having a kissing ball as part of my New Year decor. When the ball drops, you can stand by the DIY kissing ball, and smooch your sweetie.
Supplies needed to make your own pine cone DIY kissing ball:
- 6-inch Foam Ball
- 5/8 inch Coordinating Ribbon
- White Tipped Pine Cones .5 lb (2)
- Greenery Picks (4-6)
- Brown Berry Picks (4-6)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Wire Cutters
First, cut a length of ribbon 3-4 feet long. (I like to go longer, and trim off the excess at the end, but if you’re running short on your favorite coordinating ribbon, you only need about 3 feet.) Double it in half, and at the loop end, tie an overhand knot to create your hanging loop. I like a long ganging loop, personally – I usually make my knot at 8 inches, but you can adjust this to suit your space. Then, tie the long ends around the ball and knot them securely at the bottom. You may wish to add some hot glue or even a sewing pin to hold your ribbon in place while you work.
Now, begin gluing on your pine cones. You may find as you work that they leave some gaps, or don’t fit snugly against each other. This is okay! We will be filling in the gaps in the next step.
Tip: the larger the foam ball you use, the easier it will be to fit pine cones together BUT the more area you will need to cover – which means you may need more or fewer pine cones than one pound if you are using a foam ball that’s a different size than 6 inches.
When your ball is covered with pine cones, clip your greenery and berry picks apart with wire cutters. Fill the gaps in first with your greenery, angling the picks mainly toward the sides and bottom (this will make it look more natural, giving it more of a heavy, drooping effect, rather than having greenery sticking straight up).
Finally, add in the berry picks. All of the pick wires should push right into the foam, but for extra security you can always add a dab of glue when you place it. Because the berries are smaller, I typically fill them into every gap I can (as opposed to the greenery, which I place going by what looks best).
When you’ve filled all the gaps, then your DIY kissing ball is ready to hang! I tied a loose bow at the bottom of my kissing ball, but go with what you like the looks of best. I’ve seen many versions where the ribbons just dangle.
This same process works for any style DIY kissing ball you want to create. Use glittered pine cones for some extra sparkle during the winter, or use rosettes and leaves in the spring! Just because I opted for a classic look doesn’t mean you can’t make your style all your own!
Looking for another fun winter craft? Check out these fun DIY snow globe crafts!
More Project Ideas
Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).