I never saw mistletoe growing parasitical around here, although there is an East American variety, Phoradendron serotinum. We make Kissing Balls out of Spruce, Holly, Boxwood, and any greens with a stiff enough stem to be poked into floral foam. Let’s proceed and get started with a basic Holly Kissing Ball as per request from my friend, Donna, at Gardens Eye View . Once you have yours hanging over a doorway, the Christmas smooches will be coming. Save one for Santa too.
Nothing fancy here folks, but I get asked this question all the time. How do you make those? Actually, I make fancier and prettier Kissing Balls which sell almost as soon as I put them on display, but I will show you a good selling standard. So here goes…
First we start with some flower foam, the kind that soaks up water. Make sure not to get the kind for dried arrangements. You could soak them all day and they do not absorb. You want the kind pictured that sops up water like a baby’s diaper, where every last pore is filled. See the air bubble? It is still absorbing the water.
This is the form already to accept the greens, and in this case, I am using holly. The form hangs from a hook on the ceiling of the workspace, which, by the way is a huge garage. This is a decent workspace because making wreaths and Kissing Balls makes a big mess. Many of the greens bleed with sticky sap when cut and needles get all over the place.
I am easily amused you can see. Actually, you don’t send them flying, but spin it around to see where you need to fill in gaps. It also gauges that all the holly is securely affixed. Next I wire together the berries.
Sorry Donna, this post on Kissing Balls should have been the one posted on Monday, but they got out-of-order. The Christmas Tree re-post jumped the holiday train and took off running.