DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a Christmas kissing ball I made last year! If you haven’t heard of kissing balls before, they serve the same purpose as a piece of mistletoe, but in my opinion they are so much prettier! Kissing balls are often made with fresh greenery, but if you want yours to last year after year, they can be just as gorgeous when made with faux floral items!

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

So pretty! And it was so easy to make; it took me less than an hour to put the whole thing together!

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

To make your own kissing ball, here’s what you need:

  • a foam ball
  • moss
  • thick ribbon
  • seasonal embellishments (pine cones, berries, etc.)
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters/scissors
  • glue gun

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

You can find foam balls of varying sizes in the floral section of most craft stores. You can even find them “pre-mossed” if you’re lucky! I didn’t like the look of the pre-covered moss balls that I saw, so I just bought a plain one and a sheet of adhesive fake moss (also from the floral section).

Start by covering your foam ball with strips of moss. Just cut strips and stick them to the ball until the entire thing is covered. I was worried that the square corners would look weird on the finished ball, but you can’t even see the edges once you press them down; they blend into the ball pretty seamlessly.

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

Once the ball is covered in moss, wrap it in ribbon. This is a great way to add color, and it gives you an easy way to hang the ball when you’re done. I had two colors of ribbon so I decided to wrap the ball twice, once with each color. The easiest way to wrap the ball is the exact same way you’d wrap a present: wrap the ribbon around the ball once, crisscross the ribbon at the bottom of the ball, then pull the ends back around and up to the top of the ball.

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

Once you get back to the top you have two choices for ending the ribbon: cut the ribbon to the exact length and glue it down, or leave a bit of extra length and tie the ends in a knot. For the gold ribbon, I cut it to the exact length and glued it down.

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

Then I wrapped the dark red ribbon over it and when I got to the top, I left about a foot extra on both sides. I tied the ribbon in a knot to finish off the wrapping and left the ends hanging down. Then I cut about 10″ of ribbon, threaded one end under the knot, and tied it into a loop so I could hang the ball.

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

Now it’s time to decorate your Christmas kissing ball! I cut apart a pine and berries floral arrangement and used a few cinnamon scented pine cones as accents.

I found the easiest way to attach the embellishments was with a combination of floral wire and hot glue. I wrapped each decoration in floral wire and stuck it into the foam near the top of the ball, but for extra security I also added a dollop of hot glue under each piece.

I tied a fun loopy bow with some extra gold ribbon and glued that on to the top of the ball as well. I added a few more embellishments until I felt the ball was “done”. This is the fun part, so decorate it however much or little you’d like!

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

Then hang it up somewhere, wait until your hubs stands under it, and plant one on him!

DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

What are some of your favorite Christmas decorations? If you’re looking for a few other Christmas crafts, check out these tutorials!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Andrea Cabrera says

    7 years ago

    Me encanta, haré una entradita en mi blog hablando de esto 😉

  2. Nicole says

    7 years ago

    This is so beautiful! I will defitely have to make one for my home!! Thank you for sharing it!

  3. Gwen says

    7 years ago

    We always would hang mistletoe growing up! I totally need to make one of these!

  4. Gurvy Green says

    7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, this is adorable and truly much nicer than your typical mistletoe. Happy Holidays!

  5. Elizabeth @ Southern Color says

    7 years ago

    LOVE! Growing up, we always had one of these hanging in the doorway to the living room during Christmas. I’ve been wanting one for my own place – great tutorial that I cannot wait to try!!

  6. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose says

    7 years ago

    So pretty! and for a change, I actually have all the items on hand necessary to make one 😉

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