Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Little Love Nest" Kissing Booth

I've always wanted to try my hand at a vintage style carnival kissing booth - a real show stopper - loud and gaudy, singing heartily with color and crazy pizzazz. One like this - the perfect party prop for our family Valentine's Day love fest.

No sooner than it was set up, little Kaylee scrambled to be the first to check it out........

.....and was immediately greeted by her first customer! Jersey (rescued, of course!) has always been a perfect gentleman. That's why he waits politely in line for his turn to slurp a cold wet tongue upon those cute and chubby cheeks!

We have a range of prices here, depending on what size of kiss you'd like. But daddies of little girls need not bother with these signs. This is standard policy:

"Kisses For Daddy - Always Free!"

But everybody enjoys a little freebie now and then!
"Help Yourself" is implied, of course........

Ava does exactly that!

Word of the day: "Awww!"
Here's our newest "man of the family." Mommy grabbed him for a smooch before anybody else could. But grandma's next in line. And once I scoop him up, well, good luck getting him back any time soon, everybody!

Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers!
I love you all....every day!

Making your own kissing booth is pretty self explanatory by looking at these photos. Cover 4 sides of a suitable height base box (no larger than 20" x 30" top surface*) with red bulletin board paper. Cut holes into top at center sides to accommodate two 5' upholstery tubes. Cover part of tubes that show with white paper. Remove tubes. Make newspaper pattern of base top, indicating holes cut for tubes. Cut a 20" x 30" foam board to match and lay it in place. (Allow a front overhang of a few inches if desired.) Replace tubes. Position a second foam board to span both tubes, and determine shape and size of archway with a newspaper pattern. Use craft knife to cut it out. Duct tape board to tubes. Decorate, as shown, with bunched up tissue paper, hand made or purchased paper medallions, craft punched birds and hearts, and other paper accents. Paint wooden hearts and glue to empty thread spools to hang printed signs. Cut letters from craft paper and glue to small wooden spools nestled inside tissue paper background.

Red bulletin board paper and 20" x 30" white foam boards are sold at Hobby Lobby and Michael's. Ask for upholstery tubes at fabric stores (including Hobby Lobby).
*That's because 20" x 30" is a standard size foam board.

This original design, like all blog content, is intended for personal use only. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Thank you!


  1. What a cute idea for Valentine's Day! Your Kaylee, Jersey and your new little man are all adorable.. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family..

  2. LOL Jersey waiting patiently for a it.

    That's right...get that baby and sneak off to a corner :)

  3. Your kissing booth is amazing. You are so talented. What a fun thing to do for Valentine's Day.

    Beth @ HungryHappenings

  4. Grandma J you have done it again! Your kissing booth is fabulous but those cute faces behind the booth steal the show! Happy Valentine's Day to all of you. xo

  5. By far the cutest one yet. Love the doggie waiting for a kiss. And all those wonderful faces - so sweet.

  6. That's so sweet! I hope you got lots of kisses from all of your adoring grandchildren!

  7. You have the cutest grandchildren ever! That booth is just wonderful. I see future blackmail pictures for some teenaged boys, though.

  8. holy schmoly i am like a bazillion years behind in reading your blog J! your booth looks so darn perfect-better than any kissing booth i've ever seen! you are truly a gift to your grandkids :)

  9. Is there no limit to your artistic talents? Of course there is not. You rock lady. And, keep those beautiful and handsome grandkids coming because your readers love looking at their happy smiling faces and dream about pinching (lightly of course) at least one of those cute cheeks. :-)

  10. that is just just the cutest. Your little lady is a doll and your little man, just adorable.

  11. What a darling idea! I'll have to keep that in mind for next year. Your newest grandson is such a doll! Thanks for sharing this at my link party!

  12. This kissing booth is just over the moon fabulous! I love it and the signs and kiddos are super cute! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  13. Love that idea of a kissing booth, how special. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  14. How fun,they must get all excited to come over to Grandma's.. love the sign that Daddy's hugs are always free, sweet pictures!

  15. Okay, this is the cutest thing ever! You are so clever, my friend :) And your grandchildren must have a ball with you. Thank you for sharing at ROI and putting a smile on my face. Hugs to you!

  16. This is an adorable idea for Valentine's Day or a fundraiser. I love your creativity. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

  17. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing at the party! I've pinned it to my photo prop board. I love seeing what your blogging about & making. Hope to see you again soon! Theresa @DearCreatives

  18. This is so cute!! I love the "little kisses". Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  19. Adorable!!! You could switch this idea up for all the holidays. What fun! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  20. Are all of your booths made similar to this? They look waaaay more complicated than tubes and a box..? Amazing job by the way! Been reading your posts for an hour! Hats off!

    1. Thank you, Amy! Yes, I've used cardboard boxes as the base for all of the booths and either PVC or cardboard tubes to hold up the awnings.