I love to bring nature into my home as much as I can around the holidays. You'd be surprised at how many things still exist when it's freezing, that make lovely additions to your home. I currently have 2 kissing balls, but both are artificial. One is a ball of mistletoe and the other is a ball of poinsettias. But, I was really looking for one made with natural materials.
I saw this boxwood kissing ball on the Pottery Barn website, but unfortunately it was also artificial and $50! Then, I had an idea! We have some boxwoods by our front porch, that I'm sure wouldn't mind having a winter trim. So, I headed outside, snipped some branches, brought them inside and put them in a bowl of water.
I used a small styrofoam ball as my base.
I trimmed the boxwood branches so I had short, 2-3 inch long pieces to stick into the styrofoam ball. I started adding them randomly to the top, bottom and sides, then continued to fill in the spaces.
You could hang the kissing ball or sit it in a decorative bowl or vase.
I just finished it today, so I can't tell you how long it will last for, but I'll be sure to come back and let you know how it's doing after Christmas.