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How to make a mistletoe and box Christmas ball

You will need

12cm floral foam sphere (available from florists and florist suppliers)

1m white ribbon

Box sprigs



Battery-operated fairy lights

Do it: December
Takes just: an hour


Creating homemade Christmas decorations is both easy and rewarding. With just a few plants from your garden or local hedgerows, you can have your own festive greenery in no time at all.

This large sphere of hanging mistletoe and box enhanced with twinkly lights is striking, yet simple to make. It's perfect for decorating a hall or porch and is just the thing to welcome your Christmas guests. If you'd rather not use mistletoe, you could try creating a Christmas miscanthus wreath, holly and ivy star, or a more traditional birch and pine Christmas wreath.

Find out how to make a mistletoe and box Christmas ball in just three easy steps, below.

How to do it

Tie the ribbon around the floral foam ball


Soak the floral foam in water for 30 minutes. Tie the ribbon around it, as though wrapping a present. Use the long lengths of ribbon to hang the sphere from a doorway or similar structure, so you can work at a comfortable working height.

Push the box sprigs into the ball


Hold the sphere steady and push in the box sprigs into it, taking care to ensure you work evenly all the way round. Try to cover as much of the foam and ribbon as possible.

Add the mistletoe and lights to the sphere


Add the mistletoe to the sphere. Don’t worry if it looks a bit rustic and haphazard - that’s part of the charm of this style of natural decoration. Sit the battery pack for the lights on top of the sphere and weave the bulbs through the greenery, spacing them evenly. Carefully hang the ball in your chosen spot.

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smflyman 05/12/2013 at 16:35

Nice, but some people obviously have too much time on their hands :)

MrsGMFH 05/12/2013 at 17:15

quote" Nice, but some people obviously have too much time on their hands :)"

or perhaps they enjoy a relaxing little festive project, glass of mulled wine to hand?

artjak 05/12/2013 at 18:03

I agree with Mrs G. Even when I worked like a navvy, I still found time to do small decorative projects, why? Because I care about such things. Perhaps smflyman has different priorities?

nutcutlet 05/12/2013 at 18:06

I like fiddling about and making things. It's a pity my manual dexterity is not up to the standard of my ideas. 

artjak 05/12/2013 at 18:28


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