The kissing ball is a Christmas tradition dating back to the middle ages. Mostly using evergreens wound up into a ball shape and hung in passageways. The theory is for any who passed under, good luck and blessings would be bestowed upon them. In the Voctorian age the tradition was spiced up a bit by adding herbs and florals associated to love and romance. This is where Kissing Ball got it's known name, because like the mistletoe those who met under would kiss.
We decided to give a modern "Grow Wild" atempt at the Kissing Ball by using dried florals and foliage.
Things you'll need
Dried flower & foliage stems
First we cut a small section of chicken wire, and created a round ball shaped nest. This helps hold the stems in place.
Now it's time to gather your chosen drieds. Cut the stems down if they are long. That way you won't have noticable stems poking through the other side.
Start with your sturdier stems or the stems that have alot of bulk (like the bleached oak leaves and ruscus) to build your base and shape. Then just keep building your shape with the other stems.
Dried's will test your patience. Breakage and shedding will occur, that's just how it is when using dried flowers. Remember to not take yourself to seariously, the most important thing is to just have fun with it!
List of flowers we used for this design:
Bleached oak leaves
Bleached pampas grass
Maiden hair grass