Move over mistletoe - roses, greenery, and ribbon bring variation to this Christmas tradition. These beautiful kissing balls are so easy to make, you will not only make some for yourself, but you will make some to give as gifts to all of your friends and family. Here are several versions of the kissing ball that you can try.
The Rose Kissing Ball:
For a romantic table setting, hang rose kissing balls at varying lengths from your chandelier. Clip the rose just below the bloom, leaving a small piece of stem. Gently push the stems into a Styrofoam ball. For extra stability, use a low temperature glue gun to anchor the roses to the ball. Using U-shaped florist pins, pin ribbon to the top of the ball to make a hanger. Use different colored roses for variety, if desired. Make these aromatic kissing balls the day of your event, and mist them with water to maintain their freshness.
The Greenery Kissing Ball:
For an all natural look, make this greenery ball using clippings from your yard. Cut sprigs of boxwood, holly, cedar, evergreen, and other greenery for a fresh, full look. Insert stems in a round oasis-in-cage base that has been soaked in water. The water will keep the ball moist and looking fresh for days. For the hanger, attach a ribbon loop to the top of the ball with a U-shaped florist pin.
The Ribbon Kissing Ball:
This shimmering kissing ball can be used year after year. Cut wired ribbon in 3 inch strips and fold in half to create loops. Attach the raw edges of the ribbon to a Styrofoam ball using straight pins. For extra fullness, cut the ends of several 3 inch strips of ribbon into V shapes and pin the opposite ends to the ball in a random fashion. For the hanger, attach a ribbon loop to the top of the ball with a U-shaped florist pin.
The Boxwood Kissing Ball:
Use boxwood clippings to create a simple, casual kissing ball. Wire small bunches of greenery together with wired florist picks, and push them into a Styrofoam ball, continuing until the ball is completely covered. Tie a multi-looped bow with festive ribbon, leaving long tails. Pin the bow to the top of the ball, and trail the tails down the sides. For the hanger, attach a ribbon loop to the top of the ball with a U-shaped florist pin. To add a whimsical touch, attach a fanciful ornament to the ball with wire.
Any of these kissing balls would make a beautiful addition to your holiday decorations and add another tradition to your holiday. These kissing balls are so easy to make that even your children can join in the making of them.