Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Decor - Kiss and Tell

How have I missed out on this charming holiday tradition? When scrolling through holiday decor for inspiration, I came across this Maine Kissing Ball from Whitney Wreath. A kissing ball, also known as a kissing bough, is a traditional Christmas decoration in England. Each kissing ball has the shape of a sphere or globe with a frame made of wire, which is then covered with greenery. Red apples or oranges may be hung from ribbons in the centre and mistletoe is tied below. Other variations include using flowers, ornaments or moss.

Martha Stewart has this pretty little number:

To make your own:

Cut a 16-inch piece of 24-gauge wire with wire cutters, and bend it in half. Cut a 36-inch length of ribbon with scissors and fold it into three loops. Make the top loop approximately 9 inches; it will be used to hang the ball. Make the next two loops 7 1/2 inches. There should be a 12-inch tail of ribbon left. Cut 6 inches off the tail, and lay it on the other side of the loops. Pinch all the loops together at the center, and secure with wire. Twist the wire tightly to form a single stem. Trim the bow's tails into a V with scissors.

Soak a 4 1/2-inch-diameter floral-foam ball in water while cutting mistletoe into about 100 three-inch sections, called tips. Insert the bow's wire stem through the ball until it comes out the opposite side. Fold over the end of the wire stem. Poke tips into ball until it is covered. String small silver, white, or pale-blue beads on 6-inch 24-gauge wires, and twist the wire ends together. Stick the beads into the ball wherever desired.

These instructions and additional project photos can be found online here at Martha Stewart.

I can't wait to get started on one of my own. Here's to a new holiday tradition!

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