Cranberry Kissing Ball

  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 1


inches 20-gauge wire
plastic foam ball, 3 inches in diameter
Round toothpicks
pound fresh cranberries
small bunch (about 5 sprigs) fresh eucalyptus
package craft straight pins
yard decorative ribbon


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  • 1
    Wrap wire tightly around diameter of foam ball once. Twist wire at top of ball to secure. Tuck ends into ball.
  • 2
    Break toothpicks in half. Push cranberry onto broken end of toothpick; push other end of toothpick into foam ball. Continue until ball is well filled with cranberries.
  • 3
    Fill in open spaces on ball with 1 1/2- to 2-inch cuts of eucalyptus, securing with pins.
  • 4
    Slip ribbon through wire twist at top; tie ribbon to make loop for hanging ball. The cranberries will stay plump and pretty for about three to four days. To extend its life, hang the ball in a cool spot, such as in an entryway or on a porch.



Expert Tips

Hanging in an entryway, a kissing ball welcomes guests with a romantic touch. Instead of eucalyptus, you may like to add mistletoe or holly for a hint of Christmas past or, if you're not fond of eucalyptus, use popped popcorn to fill in the open spaces between cranberries.

Having trouble finding craft straight pins? Look for them in the notions department of sewing and fabric stores.

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