When I was in middle school, everyone "joked" about making out with pillows for practice. I'm assuming that I was not the only one for whom the jokes had some truth. Let's just all admit that we all practice made-out with our pillows and we looked really silly doing it. Those poor pillows.
There seems to have been little innovation in the make-out practice pillow department despite the rise in popularity of decorative "Let's Make Out" pillows and cuddle pillows so it is time that I step in and offer a new solution to the middle-schoolers or lonely hearts of the world: a pillow with a mouth. You are welcome. You are so welcome.
I have to admit that I didn't decide that these gadgets needed to be invented by sheer and sudden inspiration. It came to me as a matter of need. As I was taking out the garbage to my apartment complex trash last year, I saw two enormous suitcases on the ground next to the dumpster. The size was curious to me, so I snapped the latches and opened those bad boys up. The chest-opening song from Zelda played loudly in my head as I gazed upon the majesty within--each case contained a CPR dummy and a big bag of removable rubber dummy mouths. My eyes were wide as I took the hoard of face-bottoms from their cases.. What magical creations could I make with such a weird find?
The mouths sat in a bin in my studio for awhile. They whispered to me as I worked in my studio. We are waiting, they said, and we are creepy. Don't you want to get us out of your studio? After many months, the rubber lips exhaled the idea of make-out pillows. I'd been avoiding the insistency of the mouths, but as we neared closer to Valentine's day I knew the time had come.
I have to admit that when I mentioned this idea to my friends, the reaction from anyone over the age of 25 tended to be variations on "that's really creepy," and anyone under the age of 25 thought it was hilarious and awesome (middle-school to college-age seemed to be the sweet spot of people who really liked the idea). I thought it was pretty hilarious myself until I actually made the things. They are super creepy. But I sort of love them for that.
I posted the step-by-step instructions over on instructables, so if you want to make one of these weird pillows for someone who you think could use a little practice (or maybe for yourself) go check it out.
EDIT: You can also buy a Make-Out Practice Pillow from me. Thank you for the support!
2/9/2014 07:23:04 am
Yup- creepy- I'm showing my age, I guess. But how cool is it that you found a whole bunch of them! I think I would be apt to use them in paintings
2/9/2014 07:54:14 am
I am glad I found a whole bunch of the creepy mouths, but I have no idea what to do with them--I think that no matter what the application, the mouths will be pretty unsettling. Maybe I will use the rest for a Halloween costume or something.
11/7/2022 12:20:48 pm
Love how can I purchase these pillows, love them to send to all my friends.
2/13/2014 09:07:20 am
You are definitely my weirdest niece in Florida. I love you!!
2/13/2014 11:31:47 pm
Just was it on the WGN News. Good idea!
2/13/2014 11:33:57 pm
Mercy. These are great. I used to cut a hole in a regular pillow and stick my nose and mouth through it and lay my head on the couch to get the same aesthetic presence. I love these. Where/when can I get one or two?
2/13/2014 11:36:45 pm
Thank you so much! You can purchase the pillows through my store on this website.
5/13/2016 07:57:13 pm
I want to buy one of these but when I click in the link it says it requires a password. Help!
5/27/2016 04:53:45 pm
Hi Brian, I've stopped making these for sale right now because I moved and am working on building a new studio. Thanks so much for your interest!
3/27/2017 04:50:38 am
Hi there, I just wondered if you had made any new ones of these as yet? I'd love to buy one! Thanks.
8/26/2017 08:19:15 pm
Hi, I realize it says you're not making these anymore, but we are in desperate need of one of these as a tool for out autistic 33 yr old daughter. She obsesses on kissing staff whom she develops crushes on, and carries a mirror with her 24/7, saying it reminds her of kissing whichever person she currently has a crush on. We feel this would be an excellent way for her to work out her obsession (whether she just stares at the lips or actually kisses the pillow ) and go back to socializing more appropriately with staff and peers, knowing the pillow is in her room for when she has alone time. Please help?
12/23/2018 06:02:20 am
12/23/2018 12:19:41 pm
Hi Dwayne! I make these pillows on custom order with a minimum order of three. You can email me at email@example.com if you would like more info.
1/6/2020 08:40:02 pm
i would like to order a make out pillow please!
1/6/2020 08:58:56 pm
Hi Alan! I make these pillows on custom order with a minimum order of three. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more info.
2/14/2022 08:26:26 am
Hey, Emily - your pillows made it on the air in the Finger Lakes of New York! Too funny - also quite terrifying.
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