If you are on the lookout for a fun, simple valentine craft idea, these Ruffled Felt Heart Kissing Balls might be right up your alley! They are a snap to put together, and they are the perfect craft project to do with friends or children since the work can easily be done in assembly-line fashion. Why not grab the supplies you need (there are only three!) to make a few of these beauties this weekend? Let me show you how easily it’s done.
For this project, you will need…
- Styrofoam balls (mine is 4 inches, but any size will do)
- Red and white felt
- Pointed foam tool (or a chopstick)
To start, use your foam tool or chopstick to trace a heart shape on the front of your foam ball. It should be large enough to cover the entire front portion of the ball, and deep enough that you can easily see it as you work.
Cut the felt into 1- to 1 1/2-inch circles. You will need two different piles of felt circles: red and white. Note: The size of your circles will determine the overall fullness of your finished project, so if you would rather have looser, fuller ruffles, cut larger circles. For tighter ruffles, use smaller circles.
Working around the heart shape you made earlier, press the circles of white felt down into the indentation using the pointed foam tool. Press down into the center of each circle so that it is pressed through the foam as you work.
Work all the way around the heart shape before filling in the shape with additional circles in the same manner.
Outline your white heart with circles of red, as shown. Now, fill in the remainder of the exposed foam with additional red circles, until the entire surface of the ball is covered.
You are finished!
These would be darling made into topiaries, or used as a vase filler in centerpieces and more.
I placed mine in one of the footed cloches in my Valentine’s Day mantel display, along with a darling cupcake make-and-take project I crafted at the CHA show a couple of weeks ago.
At CHA, I had the pleasure of attending the FloraCraft Foam Fusion breakfast. We learned so much about how to work with Styrofoam by using different techniques and tools: cutting, painting, embellishing and more. The cupcake make-and-take was my favorite part of the morning. The process used to make them is essentially the same as the one used for the kissing ball, except you only cover the top half of the ball with felt, and you place the ball into a cupcake liner once you are finished. Easy as can be!
If you like to work with Styrofoam, the tools we used for our projects really make cutting and manipulating it so much easier. I highly recommend them! The tool from the set that I used for this particular project is the long tool with one pointed end and one ball-tip end. The ball-tip end is just what you need to trace your heart shape in the first step, and the pointed end is perfect for poking the felt down into the ball as you cover your ball.
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Certain products featured in this post were given to me by FloraCraft on a complimentary basis. Rest assured that I am committed to sharing only products I feel my readers will benefit from and enjoy, and all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.