How to Make Felt Pinecone Kissing Balls

Put a colorful, modern spin on mistletoe by creating a grouping of artificial pinecones made from felt and foam spheres.
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Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Stop for a Kiss

If you want to skip the evergreen sprigs, craft something that will last year after year with these ombre kissing balls. You'll need: 9x12-inch sheets of felt (in your desired hues); 3 floral foam spheres in different sizes; fabric scissors; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks; twine; marker; furniture tacks or push pins.

Cut Bottom Cover

Before faux pinecone scales can be created, the bottom of the foam sphere must be covered. Trace a circle onto a 9x12-inch sheet of colored felt, then cut out using fabric scissors. Next, add the cut-out to the bottom of the sphere using a glue gun.

Draw and Cut Scales

Using the tip of your index finger for shape, trace the shape of pinecone scales to paper for use as a stencil. Next, trace the paper stencil directly to the 9x12-inch sheets of felt using a marker. Lastly, use fabric scissors to cut the scales from the sheet of felt. For an ombre effect, choose three to five different shades of the same color.

Add Scales

Starting at the top, apply felt scales with the rounded edges pointed downward and evenly spaced. Continue this step until the entire sphere is covered. Tip: Use glue sparingly because too much can cause the foam to dissipate.

Attach Twine

Create a hanger for each sphere by knotting the end of twine, then fastening it along the top with glue.

Hang Felt Pinecones

Objects look best when grouped in odd numbers with a range in heights. Hold up each of the spheres and decide on the best spacing. Using furniture tacks or push pins, hang the pinecones from the ceiling. Now, these kissing balls are ready to cause trouble (oops!) all season long.

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