Monday, November 21, 2011

Make A Floral Kissing Ball

One way to add a touch of color to your home is to create a floral kissing ball. A kissing ball is a round globe covered with dried flowers that has a loop for hanging. It can be hung from arches, gazebos, and even from the ceiling for beautiful and unusual home decor. Kissing balls aren’t just for home decor. They can also be carried by ribbon loops during a wedding ceremony. Historically, these decorative balls were created with mistletoe glued to the center and hung above a doorway, Hence, the name “kissing ball”. They’re so versatile and easy to make that’ll you’ll probably end up making more than one. Here’s how to make a floral kissing ball to brighten your home and add a touch of color:
Supplies needed:
A Styrofoam ball in the size of your choice (one that’s three to four inches in diameter works well)
Spanish moss
Dried flowers of your choice
Wired ribbon
Craft glue
Hot glue gun

Gather your supplies.
Most of the supplies needed to make a floral kissing ball are available at your local craft store. Select a shade of wired ribbon that will coordinate well with your home and flowers that will compliment both your home and the ribbon.

Create the base.
Glue the Spanish moss to the entire perimeter of your Styrofoam ball. The Styrofoam should be completely covered with moss. Allow the glue to dry before proceeding.

Create a bow.
Use your wired ribbon to create a multi-loop bow for your floral kissing ball. Hot glue this to the top of your Styrofoam ball. Take a long strand of your wired ribbon, fold it in half and create a knot at one end. Hot glue the knot to the top of the Styrofoam bowl to create a long loop for hanging your kissing ball.

Decorate your floral kissing ball.
Now comes the fun part. It’s time to decorate your Styrofoam with dried flowers. Arrange your dried flowers in a pleasing arrangement on your moss covered Styrofoam ball. Attach each dried flower with the hot glue gun. Admire your work!

Now that you’ve completed your floral kissing ball, find a suitable place in your home to hang it for all to admire. You can also make a kissing ball out of fresh greenery but it will have a shorter shelf life. You can make a kissing ball even fancier by adding long strands of ribbon to the underneath surface of the ball or even hang strands of beads or an interesting tassel. A handmade floral kissing ball also makes an unusual and thoughtful gift that will be much appreciated. 

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