Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls

*Update–Many of you have had questions about how to “twist” the paper.  I have made a quick video showing you how.  You can find the video for how to make tissue flowers here:

How to Make Tissue Flowers Video


Valentine’s Day Crate Tutorial

Thanks everyone for all your sweet comments about my last Valentine’s day project…the “Be Mine” Framed Art. I had some requests for a tutorial on how I made the tissue paper rosette decor balls {kissing balls}. Well, lucky day, I had this post already scheduled to go!


Many of you will remember that I have made these before and have them hanging in my daughter’s room. We also made the wooden box that I displayed the rosette balls in. I will share the tutorial for that in a future post. I actually made it a couple of months ago with this table saw from Sears Outlet.


First off you will need a couple of rolls of tissue paper streamers. You can find them many places in many colors. Mine were $1 each.

Tissue Paper Rosettes Tutorial

Start by cutting the paper into strips about 24 inches long. Then crumple them up to make them softer {this part is optional, depends on what look you like–experiment}. Then fold the top 1/3 of it down so it is not as wide. {again…optional}


Now take your strip and start on one end and begin rolling it up between your fingers.


After you have a few rolls, continue to roll it up but now twist the paper.


Now just continue to roll and twist until you have reached the end of the strip. I liked to add a drop of hot glue to the end so they did not unravel.


After you have a few rosettes made, start gluing {I used a glue gun} them onto a round styrofoam ball. I used 2 and 3 inch ones to make them in different sizes. Just glue them close together and fit them in where they sit together nicely.


On this particular rosette ball, I did not twist the paper. I did some both ways and like that they come out a bit different. Below is a picture of one that I rolled AND twisted the strip of paper. Does that make sense? Can you see a difference?


The fun thing is to just try different things. You will eventually find something that works for you and your taste preferences.


Pretty easy right? These are the perfect thing to do when you are snowed in and watching your favorite TV program or chic flick!  Can’t find tissue paper streamers? You can get some here: Tissue Paper Streamers


P.S. Many of you emailed me and asked how I made this felt rosette kissing ball. I made these last year and the tutorial for them can be found here. I was inspired to make these after making this heart wreath. And just in case some of you are wondering about the decorative snowball men…they can be found here.


    • Debbie says

      I love these. My daughter is getting married this summer and I have been looking for ideas to decorate. I have seen these to buy but they are so expensive. Thank you so much!

  1. MeMe says

    this is my favorite artwork! I've been making roses from this kind of paper. The only difference I did is I cut the paper and rub it with scissor to emphasize the rose petals. I've learned the craft back when I was in elementary more or less 15 years ago!

  2. Summer says

    I love these! Such a great idea! Can't wait to make them! I also love the box you made…can't wait for that tutorial!

  3. Danesa says

    OOh how easy! I have some left over streamers from a baby shower i hosted. i think that i found my next craft to do. :)

  4. Shayna @ Texas Monkey says

    I love these, have the supplies and been meaning to make them but you have me inpsired once again! Thank you.

  5. Life is fun Here says

    I like these, so pretty! Thank you for posting. i had kidney surgery about a week ago and have limited mobility right now. These I can do though!

  6. Michelle says

    To DIE for! I am hosting Bunco this month and HAVE to make some of these for prizes. You are going to make it so that I am popular and everybody loves me. I can't thank you enough for sharing this idea!

  7. Wani says

    who knew you could do more with streamers than decorate for a kids party! ;-) Sucha cute project!

  8. Stitchy Poo Gal says

    Oh my gosh I love your idea! Thank you so much. Off now to find crepe paper streamers.

  9. Kelli says

    These are beutiful, I will have to give it a try!! Thanks for sharing!


    Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

  10. Lauren says

    These are so beautiful! My friend's bridal shower is coming up and I think these would be perfect for adding to centerpieces!!

  11. Marek's Musings says

    I'm attempting to make these AND the heart wreath this weekend! I'm excited! After I've bragged so much about my excitement on my blog (www.mareksmusings.blogspot.com), I've gotten tons of co-workers who are excited about doing them, too!

  12. Megan says

    what a great and CHEAP idea! I would have never guessed those were made from tissue paper! So pretty! BTW, I got my family fun today and couldn't wait to flip through it to find your project! It was so exciting to see! Funny, I've never met you but I felt like one of my good friends was being published!

  13. Johanson Family says

    You must have the most amazing patience in the world for all the wonderful projects you test out! I sure hope it rubs off on me to make some cute stuff you have listed!! This is adorable!!

  14. camcraftymom says

    What a lovely project! Thanks for sharing with us. You always have such nice projects and ideas here.

  15. BeccaCKyria says

    Thanks for the great project! Can't wait to get to it- it's officially added to my list!

  16. FancieStrands says

    Hello from a new follower. I found you via Craft Gossip and I adore these kissing balls. What a great project for Valentines Day. I shared it on my blog. Thanks for the idea.

  17. Amy {The Idea Room} says

    @Randi–I hung them in my daughters room on some lengths of ribbon. I simply folded up the end of one ribbon and stuck it to the foam ball with straight pins. It actually holds really well. Then I als stuck the top end into the drywall on the ceiling with straight pins as well. This was more challenging and I had to have the hubs help me push them in. But it works like a charm and if you want to remove them, you have only a tiny pinhole to patch up.

  18. Kristen Duke Photography says

    L"OVE all the valentines day stuff…its how i got hooked to your blog last year!!!

  19. Our Seven Dwarfs says

    Okay, now I have two perfect projects to do from you. I love the "Be Mine" plaque and the tissue paper rosette balls! With those ideas and the great heart wreath, I am truly becoming your biggest copycat!
    -Shannon @ oursevendwarfs.com

  20. chaderin says

    What a great idea! I can't wait to use my leftover birthday crepe paper for these! I shared them on my blog because I think they are such a good idea. I love your site!

  21. Jane says

    Thanks for sharing this idea! I made some and they turned out so cute, I want to make more. I blogged about them on my personal blog with a link to yours. Thanks again!

  22. Brenda says

    I am probably going to sound like an idiot…but I have been trying to make them and do the "twist" part and I feel a little confused. Do I just twist the stem or the own strip as I curl up?? Help! :)

  23. Amy {The Idea Room} says

    @Brenda–I have actually been emailed that same question…so it is not dumb! Just hold the little "stem" that forms when you start wrapping. Twist the long length of streamer as you are rolling it up. Roll and then give it a twist…then roll it up and then twist it and son on. Does that make sense??

    • Francis says

      Can you be more specific….about the twisting and roll deal….HELP!!!!!!!!! uploading a video will be the solution….thanks

  24. Orange Peanut says

    I hope you don't mind, but I shared your link! It is so cute and I had fun making mine – with only a few burns from the stinkin' glue gun!!!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Megan from orangepeanut.com

  25. Beautiful Mama says

    This was a great idea! I linked you on my blog with my finished photos posted up too! Thank you for sharing! And keep up the fab work!

  26. Danielle says

    Hi there,
    Your balls turned out really pretty. I love the different colors. I just wanted to let you know that the original idea came from my blog. :)

  27. Joshua says

    I am stressing out. I started doing this, but I don't understand what you mean by "twist." I crinkled the paper, then folded the top 1/3 down, and started rolling. It looks to perfect, and I can't figure out how to twist!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

  28. Kristi says

    Love the idea and I would really enjoy trying it but I don’t know what you mean by your step that says as you are rolling them to also twist? Twist what? Where? In what direction?

  29. says

    Amy, love this tutorial. Thanks for sharing. PS. how did you make the little snowball heads in the glass jar. Just wondering what you used? Thanks for sharing.

  30. Janelle says

    Hello I stumbled upon your website via Pinterest and was wondering if you ever posted about how to make the wooden box featured in this post. I did a search on your website but didn’t see it. I would love to know if you have a tutorial. Thanks!

  31. Janelle says

    Hello – I found your site via Pinterest and was wondering if you have a tutorial on the wooden box pictured in this post. I did a search on your site but didn’t see it- if you do I would love to see it- thanks!

  32. says

    I suck at this lol. I couldn’t get it to look anything like a flower lol!!! I guess some crafts aren’t meant for everyone! :)

  33. Angie says

    I don’t understand or see how you twist them and I can’t see any instructions in the comments here. Can someone please help me out?

  34. Nancy says

    Hi Amy,

    I love these! I made a few but don’t look as full or big as yours. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  35. Heather says

    Hey there Amy!
    I love this idea for flower girl and aisle pomanders at my friend’s upcoming wedding. I wanted to know what size styro balls are you using and how many flower balls did one roll of crepe paper cover?

  36. Amanda Kaake says

    I don’t understand the twisting part either. I’m sitting here doing different things and it’s just not working. Has someone figured this out yet?

  37. Mary says

    These are lovely! But I feel like a jerk because I don’t understand the twisting part. You mean you turn the paper over (twist over) as you’re rolling it or you twist the bottom half of the roll as you’re rolling it? I really want to make these but I don’t want to screw it up..Thanks.

  38. Kayla says

    I’m going to do the same thing but With much bigger Styrofoam Balls and i am going to hang a few from my nieces bedroom ceiling. i for-see it being very cute.

  39. says

    Oh my gosh I love this… So cute. I’m going to try & make some. Wish me Luck!!! =}

    By any chance …. Can u please Please PLEASE, Invite me to Pintrest ? Thank you

  40. says

    These are beautiful! I had to pin it on the CraftBliss Sweet Valentine Bliss Board on Pinterest and link back to you. ~Dee

  41. Jessica says

    I like the lighter pink rosette ball a little more-what is the difference? Rolled and twisted? You demonstrated the roll but what does the twist look like? I’m sure this is really easy I just can’t see it!



  42. Corin says

    How did you get yours so full? When I roll them they become really thin! I’ve gone through almost 2 rolls of crepe paper and hardly have 1/2 a ball done. Any secrets there?

    • Sam says

      Thank you! I am so glad someone else has this issue. I have tried this over 20 times now and i cant get them to look anything like it. They look horrible and im beyond frustrated.

  43. crystal says

    found you via pinterest, love the look of these! I tried them tonight, some twisted some not, and they are more like rosebuds rather than roses. Not nearly as full, are you certain you only used 24 inches of the tissue per flower? I don’t know what you did to make yours look so great but I apparently don’t have your crafty touch.

  44. Erin Nichols says

    I’m not doing it right I guess! I followed your tutorial on here and the video tutorial. Mine are still not coming out as full as yours. I tried the 24 inches and 48 inches and they’re not as full! Any tips or suggestions? I’m trying to practice making these. I’m wanting to make a white one for my bridal shoot! Love yours! Thanks!

  45. Lauren J says

    This is such a lovely craft and I love the fact that it can be used in a variety of ways.. this can come in handy for a flower girl bouquet ball or wedding decorations at a ramen noodle price! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Julie says

    i’m making these for my wedding with hot pink, orange, and yellow roses. they look beautiful! such an easy and affordable project to add so much personality to a room. thank u!

  47. says

    LOVE this and the minute I saw this posted on Pinterest I KNEW I had seen these before! HERE!!! We’re creating these for our Choir Awards Banquet and using with our Alice in Wonderland theme! Thank you so much for the tutorial and inspiration!!!

  48. Elisa Hernandez says

    Love this!! Im getting married in August and I’ve decided to use these for the flower girls to carry.. Thanks!!

  49. Deanna says

    Love the look of these, but how do you get yours so big and puffy? Mine are turning out more like tight little rose buds! :(

  50. says

    Hi there…found you through a ‘Pin It’ of your crepe Paper rossettes..thank you for sharing such a beautiful creation..glad i found you and will be following your great ideas

  51. Pat says

    Hi! I recently made some topiaries and made them with tissue paper roses. I put your video on my post, hope that’s ok.
    My blog is http://topiaryrose.blogspot.com

    I did mine similar to yours. Thank you so much for the tutorial.
    I am following you now.

  52. Courtney says

    I just love these kissing balls!!!! I’m currently trying to make some for a bridal shower but they’re not as full looking as your roses. They’re really small and tight. What am I doing wrong?? Thanks!!! :)

  53. Izabel says

    Simplement magnifique..Super!!
    J’ai aimé faire!!
    Merci pour bpartager!!
    Bonne Année à tous

  54. Lisha says

    I used your Tissue Rosette ball idea as part of the stage decor for my engagement ceremony – got so many compliments and had guests requesting to take a few balls with them! – Thank god I stumbled across your website when I did. Hope to see some more DIY crafts ideas from you that I could possibly ‘borrow’ for the wedding! thank you

  55. Erika says


    These look wonderful! I would love to have these hanging from the pews during the ceremony at my wedding! Unfortunatly I am extremly un-crafty. Are these for purchase anywhere? I have been searching etsy and haven’t found anything like this either.

    Any help would be appreciated!



  56. Crystal says

    I am making these for my daughters tea party instead of buying fresh. :) $ I like the look of the not twisted ones better but can’t make mine look like yours. You roll loosely, is that right? It also looks like they are kind of angled like a cone, smaller on bottom and wider on top… How do you do that? Either way I’m loving the twisted ones and so excited to use theses for two dollars ( humongous roll of streamer found at target) instead of 150.00, which I was going to pay for fresh! My husband thanks you…lol!

  57. Crystal says

    I am a bride on a budget! I saw your post and started making these for my wedding centerpieces! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! They look expensive but are very affordable!! Thank you again!!!!!

    • says

      So happy to hear that you are able to use them for you upcoming wedding. Good Luck with all your preparations. It is such and exciting but busy time!

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  64. CC says

    These are fun to make. My 6 yr old tried but it was a bit to hard forher little fingers. But she mesured and cut while my 5 yr old crumpled. Thanks look forward to many more ideas.

    • says

      They do take some figuring out and can make the fingers tired especially after so many! Glad the kids were able to help you out!

  65. Taylor Cornish says

    You have lovely ideas. But styrofoam balls? Really? Please find an alternative. Styrofoam is awful for the environment.

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