DIY Thanksgiving Kissing Ball

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There are two things that are exciting about Thanksgiving.  The first, is planning a delicious menu.  This is the one day of the year where everyone gets their favorite dish!  The second exciting Thanksgiving activity is finding a fun way to incorporate the changing season into your tablescape and household decor.  It’s even better when you can actually make the decorations yourself!  

Enter the mighty and majestic pine cone!  It is a must have when you’re planning any Fall themed decor.  We used these versatile gifts from the pine tree to create an awesome centerpiece; A Thanksgiving Kissing Ball!

Did you scratch your head when you read “Kissing Ball”?  I know, I know!  Trust me, you’ve seen them before!  They’re traditionally round and covered in silk or fresh flowers or other festive materials such as tissue paper, jewelry, and even foliage.

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Here is how we made ours:

Materials:

Step one:  Assemble all of your supplies.  You may find that you don’t have enough stems or cones to create the look that you’re going for.  It’s better to stage where the stems and cones will go BEFORE you get started so that you don’t have to run out for more supplies in the middle of your project.

Step two:  Apply a dollop of hot glue at the bottom of your ball.  Adhere about one foot ribbon to the styrofoam ball.  Secure the ribbon at the top of the ball using florist wire.  Make sure it is secure.

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Step three:  Begin placing your grapevine balls. Our balls had sticks attached to them.  So, it was easy to press them into the styrofoam.  However, if yours don’t, simply adhere florist picks to the balls and then, press them into the styrofoam.

Step four: Begin securing your pine cones to the ball with hot glue.  Start at the bottom and work your way up.  I added hot glue to the base of the cone and then, pressed it onto the styrofoam ball until it adhered.  **Don’t worry about there being gaps in between your pine cones and grapevine balls.  You will fill those with leaves, stems and ting ting.

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Step five:  Add your stems and ting ting in the desired places to fill up those gaps between the pine cones and grapevine balls.  Your stems and ting ting will be easy to press into the styrofoam.  However, if you feel the need to, add a small bit of hot glue where the stem or ting ting enters the styrofoam.  This will give them more stability.

Step six:  After you’ve added the grapevine balls, pine cones, stems, and ting ting, you will need to add your silk leaves to cover any spaces that weren’t fully covered by everything else.  We added a dollop of glue on the underside of the leaf and then, pressed it into the ball.

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The result is a beautiful homage to Autumn that you can either hang on the door or use as a centerpiece as we did below.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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