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Project

Mistletoe Kissing Ball

Display mistletoe in a one-of-a-kind way this holiday season with this distinctive kissing-ball craft.

Introduction

The hilarious Stephen Colbert ("The Colbert Report") joins Martha to chat about his Comedy Central special, "A Colbert Christmas," and to craft a mistletoe kissing ball.


Materials

  • Green Dupioni silk (about 1/4 yard)
  • Iron-on matte vinyl
  • Iron
  • Binder clips
  • Leaf template
  • Scissors
  • Green permanent marker
  • Floral pins with 1/4- to 3/8-inch white pearl heads
  • Black permanent marker
  • Small pinecones (about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size)
  • S-shaped floral pins
  • Floral wire
  • Small (1-inch) white ball ornaments, enough to cover Styrofoam ball
  • Glittering glue
  • Glitter
  • Styrofoam ball (we used a 6-inch ball, but any size from 3 to 8 inches will work)
  • Large screw eye hook
  • Metallic silver floral spray paint (make sure spray paint is for use on floral items; regular spray paint will melt the Styrofoam)
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Silk ribbon in a coordinating color

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut silk into an 11-by-17-inch piece. Apply an iron-on matte vinyl to one side of the silk, following the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the silk into quarters accordion style, lengthwise, with the vinyl side facing out so there are 4 layers. Cut off any excess and clamp with binder clips

  3. Step 3

    Print leaf template and cut out. Trace leaves onto vinyl of folded silk with a green permanent marker. Cut out leaves with silk still folded, so you are cutting out four leaves at a time. Move binder clips as you cut to keep layers from shifting.

  4. Step 4

    Use pearl head floral pins to make berries. Make a dot on each of the pin heads with a black permanent marker, and wrap pins together in twos with floral tape. Wrap silk leaves around the paired pins and secure with more floral tape to create small mistletoe sprigs. Repeat to make enough sprigs for your kissing ball (we made about 35 for a 6-inch ball).

  5. Step 5

    Attach pinecones to S-shaped floral pins with floral wire.

  6. Step 6

    Paint glue on the small ball ornaments, and glitter using an assortment of colors (we used White Gold and Coarse Crystal). Paint glue onto pine cones, and glitter. Set ornaments and pine cones aside to dry.

  7. Step 7

    Insert a large screw eye into the Styrofoam ball and spray paint the ball with metallic silver floral spray paint.

  8. Step 8

    Start assembling the kissing ball by inserting the small ball ornaments into the Styrofoam ball, side by side. Poke holes in the Styrofoam ball with the stem of the ornament, and add a little hot glue to the hole. Insert the ornament back into the hole. Repeat until the whole ball is covered. (Note: It's OK if there are some small blank spaces between some ornaments; these will be filled in with mistletoe and pinecones.)

  9. Step 9

    Finish decorating the kissing ball by inserting the pine cones on pins and mistletoe sprigs into the foam all around the ball.

  10. Step 10

    Attach a silk ribbon to the eye hook to hang the kissing ball.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008

Reviews (4)

  • 24 Oct, 2010

    I have a few questions about this craft... The video doesn't show how to affix the pinecones to the ball. How does one go about doing that? Also, how many different shades of glitter are used for the ornament balls and the pinecones? And finally, are all the ornament balls glittered or are some of them left as is?

  • 18 Dec, 2008

    I would appreciate if someone could help me to know where to get the 1 inch white beads. I have searched high and low.

  • 5 Dec, 2008

    I completed this project today. I bought supplies to make two of them, one for me and and the other for a gift. I was unable to finish the second one due to fact that I used up all of the supplies on the first one. So, I guess I will wait until next year for that project. The preparation took almost two days to complete. The kissing ball is beautiful and well worth the effort.

  • 4 Dec, 2008

    Stephen Colbert and Martha make such a great team. This was one of the best projects to do and watch!