Craft a Holiday Kissing Ball

Learn how to make this classic holiday decoration with evergreens from your yard.
DIY: Rustic Kissing Ball

DIY: Rustic Kissing Ball

Try adding a kissing ball to an empty gardening hook for a hanging planter.

Try adding a kissing ball to an empty gardening hook for a hanging planter.

Kissing balls are rich in history. People have been creating them for hundreds of years during the holiday season. Some are created from assorted greenery and others are made from mistletoe.

I love decorating with kissing balls. They looks so pretty hanging by my front door. Typically, pre-made kissing balls can be pretty pricey at local garden centers this time of year. They are not difficult to make, and the best part is that most of the required elements can be found in your own backyard. This year, why not try making one yourself? I love to do this as a family project. It is that simple!

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Kissing Ball How-To

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DIY Rustic Kissing Ball

Snip some greenery from your yard and garden and create a lovely kissing ball to welcome guests to your home for the holidays.

Gather Your Supplies

You will need: assorted greenery / garden clippers / 4-inch round foam floral ball / 24 gauge floral wire / ribbon / scissors / wired glass balls / pinecones / wire cutters / newspaper

Start at the Top

To make the ribbon hanger, cut a 2 1/2 foot strand of ribbon and loop it as seen in the photo.

Wire It Together

Cut a 16-inch piece of floral wire, fold it in half and tightly wrap it around the wire.

Wire the Ball

Push the bow's wires through the floral foam ball and wrap the ends around the ball. Cut another length of wire, anchor it to the bow's wire and then wrap that around the ball as well for extra strength.

Bottom Ribbon

Cut a 4-foot length of ribbon. Fold it in half and then fold it in half again. Cut a 10-inch piece of wire and then wrap that around the ribbon. Cut the bottoms of the ribbon open. You should now have 4 strands of ribbon. Push it into the bottom of the kissing ball.

Add Greenery

With garden clippers, cut 6-inch lengths of greenery and push them into the floral foam.

Check for Bare Spots

Fill the entire floral foam ball with greenery. You can trim the edges of the greenery with scissors to shape the ball if necessary.

Add Pinecones

Wrap 8-inch lengths of wire around the pinecones and randomly insert them into the kissing ball.

Final Bling

Tuck in the wired glass balls as desired. Gently water the arrangement and then hang it in place.

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