This kissing ball ornament, made with a grapevine sphere, seeded eucalyptus and berries, is a great way to bring the beauty of nature into your home during the holidays.
By now you all know how much I love to decorate with nature. I was inspired by a wedding photo that had a grapevine kissing ball adorned with flowers as part of the decor. I thought this would make a pretty ornament and it's super simple to make.
How to Make a Kissing Ball Ornament
Here I'm using fresh Seeded Eucalyptus that I bought at Trader Joe's. Any kind of greenery, fresh or faux would work. I picked up the grapevine balls on Amazon but they should be available at any craft store. You could also make them yourself if you have any wild grapevines in your yard. I did this with a grapevine wreath in the spring, and it was really easy.
If you are using a satin ribbon like this one, make sure to tie it on early so you can easily loop it under the grapevine without damaging the other adornments. Just slip the ribbon under the top of your grapevine ball and tie a pretty bow.
Then you can easily flip it around so that the bow is at the base. Now you have a pretty hanger too.
I really like the ivory ribbon, which adds a little extra light to the ornament, but I also tried making some with this gold cording without a bow. Very similar to the dried flower ornaments I made a couple of years ago.
I would encourage you to use seeded eucalyptus if you have access to it for this kissing ball ornament. It smells wonderful on this kissing ball ornament and dries nicely too. I have used it in many projects, and they still look good today. Fresh juniper with blue berries and other live red berries, such as pepper berries would be gorgeous on this ornament.
Use what you have, or buy artificial pieces. My berries are obviously fake, but doesn't seem like artificial florals get better looking every year? I still believe that nothing beats the beauty of "the real thing." And if you have easy access to materials growing in your yard, free is a pretty good thing too.
- 4-inch Grapevine Balls
- Fresh or faux Seeded Eucalyptus, Evergreens
- Fresh or faux Berries
- Mini Pine Cones
- Ribbon, or Cording
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Attached your ribbon to the grapevine ball by slipping one end under one of the vines and tie it, leaving space for hanging, and then either tie a bow at the top or a knot. If you tie a knot then you can move the knot under the grapevines, leaving a smooth loop for hanging.
- Set the ball on a cup or small jar to make it easier to decorate.
- Start with larger pieces of greenery such as seeded eucalyptus and glue it around the top of the ball near the ribbon.
- Add mini pinecones, berries, and other materials in and around the eucalyptus.
- Hang and admire your creation.
You could hang the kissing ball somewhere in the house on the ceiling just like mistletoe.