- 6-inch-diameter Styrofoam ball
- 6-7 dozen fresh or artificial red carnations
- Assorted fresh or artificial greens and holly with berries
- 1-1/2 to 2 yards of 1-1/2-inch-wide red satin ribbon with metallic gold trim
- Real or artificial mistletoe (optional)
- Florist's wire
- Garden shears or clippers
- Nail, stylus, or awl (to bore holes in the Styrofoam)
- Hot glue and glue gun (optional)
1. Cut the stems of the carnations about 1-1/2 to 2 inches from the base of the flowers. Discard the stems. If you're using fresh flowers, soak the stems in water for 1 to 2 hours before assembling.
2. Insert flowers into ball. Beginning at what will be the bottom of the ball, make a small hole with a nail or stylus in the Styrofoam and insert a carnation. If you're using fresh flowers, just insert the stem into the ball; if you're using artificial blooms, glue in the stem for a more permanent arrangement. Continue to add the carnations in this manner until all but the top section of the ball (about 4 inches) is covered.
3. Add greens. Clip small sprays of evergreens and holly and insert the ends into the remaining top area of the ball. If desired, include mistletoe for a more traditional kissing ball.
4. Add ribbon. Fashion a florist's bow from ribbon and secure it with wire. Cut an 8-inch length of ribbon and fold in half for a hanger. Thread the loop through the designated hanger, wrap it tightly with wire and secure it with glue to the top of the ball.
5. Keep it fresh. Mist the fresh kissing ball daily with water to keep the arrangement fresh for 5 to 7 days.