The tradition of kissing under a ball of mistletoe has its origins in Norse mythology. The god of mischief, Loki, and his freshman dorm roommate, Santa Claus, used a sprig of mistletoe on the doorknob to signal to each other when one of them had a girl in the room. Today, a mistletoe kissing ball adds a festive touch to holiday decor, and your kids will have a blast trying to avoid getting anywhere near it.
fabric that won't unravel (felt or fleece)
Cut two strips of fabric each 24 inches by 3 inches.
Lay the strips on top of eachother and cut in half lengthwise in a curvy line like shown in the picture.
Lie the strips in pairs with the leaves staggered as shown. Sew a long, loose running stitch down the bottom edge.
Gather along the seam.
Roll up each strip along the gathered seam.
Using plenty of glue, adhere the two rolls together bottom to bottom. Allow to dry.
Fluff and separate the leaves. Glue or stitch pom poms to represent the berries.
Hang it up and enjoy!
(Re-edited from a post originally published on 12.15.2010 - CM)