Skip the mistletoe and hang a beautiful Christmas kissing ball that you made on a budget using fresh greens and some holiday decor. Learn how to make a Christmas kissing ball in a few easy steps!

While mistletoe has been all the rage, Christmas kissing balls are making a huge comeback in a big way.

Have you seen them sold at your local garden nursery, market, or big box store?

Kissing balls are so pretty with festive winter greens, holiday decor, and some fancy ribbon.

But they can be pretty pricey if you buy them pre-made.

So today, I’m sharing how to make a Christmas kissing ball using fresh winter greens. It’s easy to do and will look better than purchasing it pre-made.

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What is a Christmas Kissing Ball?

Christmas kissing balls are ball shapes that come in a variety of sizes with bunches of holly and evergreen foliage that hang from the ceiling.

These beautiful green balls can be accented with lots of fun items that include:

And the beauty of making it yourself is you can design it to your Christmas aesthetic for the season.

supplies needed to make a kissing ball

Where Do You Hang a Kissing Ball?

There are a few great spots to hang a pre-made or DIY Christmas kissing ball.

  • Porch
  • Bay Window
  • Above a Mantel
  • High Doorway
  • Architectural Opening
  • From a Chandelier

Wherever you choose to hang a Christmas kissing ball, make sure to leave some headroom beneath so nobody knocks into it!

making the kissing ball sturdy to hold the weight by stringing wire through the sphere and then attaching it to a sturdy branch or popsicle stick underneath
My floral foam sphere was smaller, so I used a few toothpicks instead of a sturdy branch or a popsicle stick. It worked but I recommend going with a popsicle stick or strong branch from the yard.

Do You Need to Water a Kissing Ball?

If the DIY kissing ball is made with fresh winter greens the answer is yes.

I recommend soaking the foam floral ball before making the ball, as well as hydrating the Christmas greenery.

In addition, it’s best to keep kissing balls out of direct sunlight if possible and water them every few days before it dries out.

How often you need to water your evergreen ball will depend on your microclimate and where it is maintained.

It’s not necessary to keep it soggy, but the greens will last much longer if they are kept hydrated. You can also try to use an anti-wilt spray too if you have any on hand.

You can learn all about how to care for fresh winter greens when using them in your holiday decor here.

stuffing the kissing ball floral foam sphere with winter greens

How to Make a Christmas Kissing Ball Homemade

If you’ve never made a kissing ball before, it might seem a little daunting at first. But once you visualize how the ball is made together with actually making it, it’s fairly easy to do.

Here’s what you need to get started!

Supplies Needed

While you’ll need to gather some fresh greens like pine, juniper, or holly, there are also a few floral supplies needed to make a Christmas Kissing Ball.

Here’s what you need.

close up of kissing ball DIY hung outside on the porch

Directions to Make a DIY Christmas Kissing Ball

I think the toughest part of making a kissing ball is ensuring the floral foam sphere remains on the wire.

Because you can’t just thread a wire through the sphere or it will fall off with the weight of the greens. But I’ve got a little trick for you to keep it on and make the ball sturdy so it doesn’t break or fall.

Once you read through how to make the kissing ball sturdy, the rest is easy to do. Are you ready? Ok, let’s go!

  • Soak the floral foam ball until it is moist.
  • To secure the ball on the hanging wire and hold the weight of the greens, run the wire all the way through the center of the ball. The best way to do this is by taking a skewer, thin stick, or screwdriver and driving it through the sphere to make a lane for the wire. You can try directly running the wire through but I find it easier to wrap it around that same stick and thread it through the ball.
  • To anchor the sphere on the base so it doesn’t just drop off, wrap that wire around a popsicle stick or very sturdy branch from the landscape at the bottom so the stick lays perpendicular and supports the ball when hung. Don’t let the stick be much longer than the width of the sphere, or it will stick out of the ball. We don’t want to see that.
  • Next, make a loop of wire at the top to make hanging the ball easier.
  • Then cut greens of equal length on a 45-degree angle and remove the foliage that will be stuck in the ball.
  • Fill the ball by adding the cut ends into the spheres and randomly keep adding greens until it is full.
  • At the top of the kissing ball, tie the ribbon, and hang it. If you want to hang the ribbon from the bottom, you can do that too!
close up of kissing balls
Simple kissing ball at the nursery with red ribbon and pine

How to Make a Christmas Kissing Ball

Skip the mistletoe and hang a beautiful Christmas kissing ball that you made on a budget using fresh greens and some holiday decor. Learn how to make a Christmas kissing ball in a few easy steps!
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Calories:
Author: Stacy Ling
Cost: $10

Instructions

  • Soak floral foam ball until it is moist.
  • To secure the ball on the hanging wire and hold the weight of the greens, run the wire all the way through the center of the ball.
  • Then wrap that wire around a popsicle stick at the bottom so the stick lays perpendicular and supports the ball when hung.
  • Make a loop of wire at the top to make hanging the ball easier.
  • Cut greens of equal length on a 45-degree angle and remove the foliage that will be stuck in the ball.
  • Fill the ball by adding the cut ends into the spheres and randomly keep adding greens until it is full.
  • Tuck in pinecones and berries to add texture and dimension. This step is optional but I love it so much more with them!
  • At the top of the kissing ball, tie ribbon, and hang.

More About Making Kissing Balls

Have you ever made a Christmas kissing ball before? Think you will make one this Christmas season? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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From porch styling to cozy centerpiece and tablescape inspiration, wait until you try these budget-friendly holiday decorating ideas using fresh greens for every room in your home.

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling
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