DIY Pomander "Kissing Balls"

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As promised, I have another project to share with you today from the recent makeover of our daughter’s room. I hope you are not getting tired of all the decorative kissing balls {like these tissue paper rosettes and the felt kissing balls} that I have been sharing lately. With Valentine’s Day and three daughters…well, that explains it…right?

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These adorable kissing balls are not my creative genius…I wish I could claim them because they are really fun and springy. These beauties are the creation of Paula of Frog Prince Paperie. Paula shared her tutorial for how to make them over at Pizzazzerie.

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But before I made the pomanders…I had to make a tray to hold them in. I found this little gem at the Thrift Store {DI} for .75 cents. Yep! I loved the shape and the two side edges of the wooden tray.

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I added a fresh coat of white Krylon Spray Paint…and sanded a few edges to give it some character. Doesn’t it look so pretty?

Then I took a piece of scrapbook paper and cut it to fit into the bottom of the tray. Then I covered the bottom with a Matte Mod Podge and then let it dry. Then I added a layer of Mod Podge to the top.

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When I looked for ball head pins, I could not find one single package of pins that were not multicolored. I saw some pearl pins in the wedding aisle, but they were a bit too expensive for my budget. So I simply took a pack of pins I already had on hand and spray painted them white. Spray paint is your friend :)!

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This was just after one coat. Make sure to wear a glove and then move the pins around as you spray to get the pins at all angles. It took three coats to cover them completely. Next time…I will push the pins almost all the way into the styrofoam so that paint does not get on the pin itself. It will make it easier to push into the ball.

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My daughter’s begged to help out with the next steps and I gladly welcomed their help. They took turns punching and folding up the petals for the top flowers. They also took turns getting the pins and putting them into the flowers. We place a flat flower first and then a folded flower.

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Then the girls would set the pinned flowers in a pile and I pinned them into the styrofoam ball. It was a really fun girly activity to do together. But they are a bit time consuming. Watch a chick flick and grab a friend to help you. Each ball took about one hour with my little helpers!

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Pretty easy right?

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I really like how they turned out and they bring some fun color into my daughter’s bedroom.

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What do you think?

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  1. Amy at Ameroonie Designs says

    Oh, Amy- those are gorgeous! I love the colors you chose. they are such a fun pop of color to that lovely room! Will you come do my room next?

  2. mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings says

    wowza- those are beautiful!!! I'm bookmarking this because I've simply got to make these. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  3. Sommer says

    Okay those are Ahhh mazing! However… you have to be honest with me because I'm one of those go getters and I always getter myself into projects that are torturous with my time! How long does one ball take approx?
    I'd love to have you share this at my VIP party friday!


  4. asnipofgoodness says

    I think the whole stinkin thing is perfectly beautiful! Those kissing balls are wonderful, adore them! Love the initial, the trey, the window, the colors… it all!

  5. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says

    Ooh! I just love these and the flash of color and texture they bring the room! You can bet I'll be pulling out my punches and seeing what I can come up with.

  6. Heather@The Black's Best says

    Absolutely adorable! Wish I had a girl with a cute little room to put these into!

  7. Kristen Duke Photography says

    LOVE this!!!!! I love what you did to the tray, too! DI is SO much less than all the thrift stores around here. Good Will is SO overpriced!

  8. Julie {CalleLillyCafe} says

    I am loving this idea! thx for sharing! so tempted to paint younger daughters' room bright white & highlight w/a few bright colors.

  9. Sarah says

    These are just beautiful! I bookmarked this to make a few of these after I go out and buy some punches. I don't know how I don't have any in my stash, but this project is enough reason to buy! Thank you!

  10. Valerie says

    I've been wanting to make this since I saw the tutorial you referenced~ but I haven't been able to find the pins either, so great tip!
    They turned out lovely! I can't wait to make some.

  11. Kerryanne English says

    I love making these balls too and they can be a bit addictive.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  12. says

    I LOVE this project. We made some too and they are sooo fun and easy!!


  13. Amber Meadows says

    I've been looking for something like this to fill a cute little basket I found. Perfect timing!! Thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to make them :)

  14. Lindsay says

    Where did you get the flower punch? These are very cute! I need more than just one girl at my house with all these cute decorating ideas.

  15. Rachael says

    Oh that is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I love the texture it adds too. I need to do this for my little girls room.

  16. malinda says

    Ohh.. I want to do this with a picture frame. and use yellow paper to make daisy's.

    Thanks so much.

  17. Jean says

    I love those!!! On they go to the top of my projects list… I'm sure my daughter would love making them with me! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Amy {The Idea Room} says

    @Lindsay–I got my punch at JoAnn's several months ago. They have their punches on sale for 40 percent off frequently…

    Thanks everyone for the fun comments! They make my day!!

  19. says

    I printed this tutorial when they posted it too! I have all the supplies except the paper – I’m looking for a pearlized turquoise paper. I can’t wait to try them. I love how you made the tray to display them on, fabulous!

  20. says

    Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love……..

    {And that’s just how I feel about you personally.}

    This project is AWESOME too. Like really great!

    Look at you and your WordPress self. Lionel and I are so proud!

  21. says

    Just wanted to say that I loved these! I made some and linked back to your blog from mine. Thanks for all the cute stuff you do!

  22. Rosie says

    I made some to put in my kitchen and they turned out super cute! I was luckily able to find a package of all white pins at Wal Mart for 3.37(hooray for not having to spray paint :) Thanks for sharing. I love all the fun projects on your site.

  23. Carol says

    I made some of these for my mom, who is 95 years of age and still sharp as a tack. She recently moved to assisted living and I thought they would brighten up her apartment. What’s so great is that she is now making them!! I have to punch out the paper flowers for her but she can easily put them together and she loves doing it. It keeps her busy and she already has plans to make some for Christmas gifts for her friends in assisted living.

    Thanks for a great idea that I could share with my mom!!

  24. Tracie says

    I love this! can i ask where you got the lavender in a bunch like that? the purple gave me an idea for my master bathroom!

  25. Fiona says

    Hi Amy
    Just wondering what brand punch that is and what diameter shape it punches? need to sorce it or something similar in NZ thanks.

  26. says

    Beautiful! I just repainted my daughter’s room and furniture. This will be a perfect project for us to add to it! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Laura says

    I love these as well a the paper rose kissing ball. Any advise as to what is the best way to add a ribbon to hang them? I can’t wait to make one for Valentine’s day!

  28. Debbie says

    Hi Amy, Now I am torn. I love these kissing balls as well as the crepe paper ones you made. I mentioned before that I wanted to make those for my daughters wedding. Which one would you suggest that I
    do for decorations at her wedding? I love all your ideas! Thanks so much!

  29. nici says

    I am thinking of hanging these on a ceiling for a wedding. How do you think I could do that? glue a ribbon around the ball first- before sticking any pins in?

    • says

      I just pinned a ribbon onto the stryofoam ball (after folding up the end a few times) and pinned with several pins between two rosettes. Worked just fine.

  30. says

    Half way done with a pink kissing ball for one of my college daughters. It’s been an evening project while watching a bit of television with my husband. I cut flowers for quite a few nights and will now attach them to the styrofoam ball for a few nights. I think I’ll make a couple of larger ones too – maybe a pearly white paper with pink pin heads. Even thought about pink and white swirly gift wrap paper…Anyway so glad that I spotted these on Pinterest (which my college girls told me that I MUST join)! Incidentially, now that I am on Pinterest I see that both have quite lavish and dreamy wedding plans despite the absence of any serious beau’s! Thanks again!

  31. Ida Montano says

    Thank you for the lovely ideas… I am putting together a Baby Shower for my first grandaughter and you have no idea how many roses I am going to make… planning on makine the letters B A B Y for one of the walls and covering it with kissing flowers. You are a great artist!

  32. Sonia says

    These look so cute, I want to make them for my room. I’m going to be buying the punches from JoAnn (I found a few other flower styles and liked the type you have the best) and was wondering if yours is the small or medium size punch?


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