Activities: Make Your Own Victorian Mistletoe Ball
Victorians made mistletoe balls for the same reason we hang mistletoe today, to steal a kiss from an unsuspecting person passing under it. The mistletoe ball or 'kissing ball' was always made out of evergreen branches and was often decorated with scented herbs and foliage.
This activity uses sharp materials. Children should be supervised.
Bend a piece of wire or thin cane into a circle and bind the ends together with string. Do this again, so you now have two circles.
To make the frame, place the two circles together, making a globe like structure. Bind the two wire circles together with string at all conjoining edges.
Cover the wire frame with all kinds of festive greenery, like holly, ivy and yew. Weave the branches around each other and the wire frame.
Attach other items like dried roses and holly berries with wire.
Tie some ribbon in a loop at the top of the newly decorated ball ready for hanging. Add a length of ribbon to the bottom of ball and tie a sprig of mistletoe to it.
Hang the mistletoe ball above a door or in a walkway and wait beneath it until someone comes along to give you a kiss.
A simple combination makes a great decoration.
Give your door the Victorian festive treatment.
A very typical and attractive Victorian decoration.
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National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
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