Learn how to make a boxwood kissing ball in three easy steps. They are fun to hang in your entry and look nice all season long.
Since mistletoe is somewhat hard to come by and the berries are poisonous many people make boxwood kissing balls instead of hanging mistletoe.
Traditionally people used apples or potatoes as the base but today we use floral or foam balls
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- 3-4 inch floral ball - if you buy a white Styrofoam ball you may want to spray paint it with a dark color so that the white does not show through.
- A pretty ribbon with a large pin for use in hanging.
- 3-5 inch pieces of boxwood. They need a trim anyway. You can use other materials too. Japanese Holly looks just like boxwood and would work well. Even rosemary or lavender may work but they wouldn't hold up as well.
How to Make a Boxwood Kissing Ball
Take the boxwood trimmings and pull off the leaves on the bottom leaving 1/2 - 1 inch of stem to place into your ball.
Pin the ribbon to the ball. You may want to dip the pin in a little glue to give it extra holding power.
Then start placing the sprigs of boxwood all around starting around the ribbon.
Once you've completed the ball check for any bald spots and fill in with little leftover pieces of the boxwood.
And there you have it. Hang it in your entryway or in a doorway for all to enjoy.
This should last throughout the holiday season but if your air is very dry you can give it a spray with water to help to keep it from drying out.
And if you'd like you can pin a little sprig of mistletoe to the bottom.
- 40 or more 3-5 inch long pieces of fresh boxwood
- 3-4 inch green floral ball
- A pretty ribbon with a large pin
- Take the boxwood trimmings and pull off the leaves on the bottom leaving 1/2 - 1 inch of stem to place into your ball.
- Pin the ribbon to the ball.
- Push the sprigs of boxwood into the ball starting at the ribbon and continuing all around the entire ball.
- Check for open spots and fill in with more boxwood.
- Hang it in your entryway or in a doorway for all to enjoy.
You can use white styrofoam balls but I'd paint them green first so that it is easier to cover and not show through.
The fresh boxwood will wilt after several days depending on the heat or dryness of the air in your home.
You can spritz the boxwood or occasionally dunk it in water to keep it fresh.