This simple yet elegant pinecone kissing ball craft for Christmas is a beautiful addition to your holiday decor. You can hang it, use it for a tablescape or make a smaller version to hang on your Christmas tree.
This handmade craft project for the holidays has such a romantic history. Back in Victorian times, young women would stand under a kissing ball in hopes a handsome suitor would give them a smooch.
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Christmas Kissing Ball Craft
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love new and fun ways to make Christmas crafts. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s nice to relax by working on an easy craft like this Christmas kissing ball.
If you didn’t know, the original kissing ball craft was made with whole mistletoe and evergreen plant branches and made into a ball shape. And I love that look, but I had a LARGE collection of pinecones that I found in my craft room when I was packing to move.
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Tips for Making a Pinecone Kissing Ball
- When gluing the pinecones onto the Styrofoam ball, use gentle, but firm pressure and enough glue to hold this multi-textured craft item.
- If you are using a white Styrofoam ball, paint it green first so any small gaps won’t be as noticeable as they would be on a white one. Don’t use spray paint – it eats the foam.
- You will need approximately 25-30 pinecones for this project. If you don’t have that many in your yard or don’t have a pine tree, you can order this pack of pinecones.
- To add a subtle bit of elegance to this project, use a beautiful satin ribbon to hang the kissing ball.
- A kissing ball using real sprigs, flowers, and berries can last for several weeks. To make this with evergreen sprigs, use a water-holding floral foam ball like this and mist regularly to keep it looking fresh and beautiful.
Supplies for a Pinecone Kissing Ball for Christmas
Below are the supplies I used, but check your craft stash to use what you have on hand. If you’re using this with live greenery, read the tips above on changes to make.
- Styrofoam ball
- Sprigs of mistletoe and other seasonal greenery
- Ribbon for hanging
- Floral tape
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters and/or scissors
- Bamboo skewer or floral pick
How to Make a Kissing Ball Craft with Pinecones and Greenery
Each step for this craft is detailed below so it’s easy to follow. Keep this page open while you are creating a pinecone kissing ball. If you would rather have a printable how-to, just scroll down and select the print button.
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Use floral tape to adhere the ribbon to the blunt end a bamboo skewer or a floral pick. Apply hot glue to the end of the skewer, and insert it into your Styrofoam ball.
Starting at the top and using the hot glue gun, attach the pinecones to the Styrofoam ball, placing them close together.
Fill in any gaps with mistletoe, berries, ribbon, and seasonal greenery. I added a bit of color, as well, to make it stand out and mixed frosted and plain greenery to add sparkle without lights.
Additional Ideas When Making a Hanging Kissing Ball
- Add holly or ivy foliage to add hanging length to this pine cone kissing ball. It will give it more texture.
- If using this craft as a true mistletoe kissing ball, hang it in an area where it will get lots of foot traffic.
- A string of battery-operated fairy lights would look AMAZING in this, too. If you want to hide the battery pack, cut a hole from the foam near the top, glue a pinecone to the pack, and tuck it inside. Don’t glue it down and you’ll be able to easily swap the batteries each season.
Other Holiday Crafts You May Like
- Christmas Gnome Ornaments from Napkins: These precious Christmas tree ornaments are made from stenciled napkins. They are stunning and could not be easier to make.
- Easy Gnome Mug Topper: This fun Christmas gnome is made from polymer clay and paint and is completely food safe. This is the perfect gift for the gnome lover on your list.
- Merry Christmas Wood Round Sign: This stunning sign is made from supplies from your craft bin and using your Cricut machine. It is a wow-worthly creation everyone will admire.
- DIY Scandinavian Christmas Trees: These 3-D trees are made in 10 minutes with some felt, your Cricut machine, and a few other simple materials. What a gorgeous table centerpiece for your next holiday meal.
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