I Need Kissing Balls

My theme for this Christmas season is all things Kissable, except maybe KISS the rock band. For instance I found reasonably priced boxes of Baci (Kisses in Italian) at Trader Joe’s. A perfect present for co-workers.

Someone has been in the Baci. Charlie!
Someone has been in the Baci. Charlie!

I priced up mistletoe and at $15 per pound I thought I might go another route.

Mistletoe grows at the top of tall trees but I've examined ours and we have NO mistletoe.
Mistletoe grows at the top of tall trees but I’ve examined ours and we have NO mistletoe.

I have some Styrofoam balls to which I gave a quick spray of red paint. (One had an eyelet from which to hang it, I screwed a small eyelet into the other one.)

Both balls are lightweight Styrofoam.
Both balls are lightweight Styrofoam.

 

A quick layer of spray paint will allow the background to blend into the cranberries.
A quick layer of spray paint will allow the background to blend into the cranberries.

Using a glue gun I stuck fresh cranberries to the painted balls.

This was not a difficult task but it did take 2 hands.
This was not a difficult task but it did take 2 hands.

I added a piece of ribbon tied in a bow to the bottom of the balls.  After all you can’t really see the top.

A hat pin stuck through the bow will hold it on the bottom of the ball.
A hat pin stuck through the bow will hold it on the bottom of the ball.

Voila, two super-duper  kissing balls to hang in the doorway between the dining room and conservatory and the other one on the porch.

A very easy project.
A very easy project.

Watch out!

Have you given a traditional item a new twist?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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