9.21.2011

Fall Kissing Balls Tutorial

Like the vase fillers in the fall centerpiece I shared with you today? I made them! They reminded me of kissing balls like you see pretty little flower girls carry in weddings. You could use them for several purposes in your fall decorating. I used them as a vase filler in my fall centerpiece for our dinning table, but I could see them atop candle sticks like a mini topiary, hanging from ribbons in a window, mixed with pine cones to fill a decorative bowl....

Did I mention how easy they are to make? Oh, so so easy.

This is what you are going to need:

*Small Styrofoam balls
*Flat head straight pins
*1 bag of several silk fall leaves- (no stems)

Here is what you do. 

First find the biggest leaves out of the bag. Start by pinning the big leaves to the ball. Just push the straight pin right through the leaf. 

Keep pinning the bigger leaves around the ball. It took me 2 to go all the way around the ball. (A tip: I only tried to use 2 pins per leaf- one on each end.)

Next pin leaves going down and around the ball again. Think of it as an "X" pattern, sort of. Or like the lines on a basketball. 

The kissing ball should look like this now. Depending on the size of your leaves, you should have between 4 and 6 leaves total pinned to the ball once you have finished this step. 

Now, find the medium sized leaves from your bag. Using the medium sized leaves, start filling in the areas where you can still see the Styrofoam, pinning the leaves down just like you have been. 

Go ahead! Start layering those leaves up on the ball. Don't worry about your pins showing. When the kissing balls are in the vase, you are not able to see them. 

Save some room for the smallest leaves from your bag. In the areas where just a little bit of Styrofoam is showing, add in the smallest leaves. 

Adding in the smallest leaves allows you to tuck some of the edges of the leaves under each other to get the layered look. 

Ta-da! Beautiful. Now that wasn't too hard was it? And the best thing is, since you are using straight pins, if you mess up or don't care for the finished product, just take it apart and remake it!

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask. 

Thanks for reading. I would love to know if you make any of these sweet fall pretties. 

P.S. I am linking up to seven thirty three today. Head over there to check out some awesome craft ideas. You won't regret it. 



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