3 Easy Ways to Make Your Own Mistletoe Using Fresh Greenery

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a mistletoe wreath, ball, and traditional hanging cluster all mounted on a ceiing

This year, skip the fake mistletoe and make your own arrangement using fresh greenery — it really does make a difference in your holiday decor. We've created three easy designs to try. Why not make a few and strategically hang them in places that get high traffic. (Wink, wink.)

Mistletoe Posy

a diy bunch of mistletoe with a red ribbon is hung in a doorway

Things You'll Need

  • 2 to 3 mistletoe pieces (check with your local florist for fresh mistletoe)

  • Additional greenery, such as spruce, juniper, holly, pine, boxwood, balsam fir, or other evergreens

  • Green floral tape

  • Thin red ribbon

  • Twine

Step 1

Cut a 6-inch piece of twine, and then tie a knot to make a loop at one end.

a crafter ties a piece of twine into a loop

Step 2

Gather the end pieces of the twine with the stems of the mistletoe (and any other greenery you want to add). The twine loop should stick out away from the greenery to make a easy loop for hanging the mistletoe.

a diy bunch of mistletoe is secured with twine

Step 3

Wrap the ends of the stems with green floral tape to secure the greenery together. You can leave the exposed stems sticking out or wrap the floral tape all the way down to cover them.

a diy bunch of mistletoe is secured with floral tape

Step 4

Tie a bow with the ribbon over the green floral tape. Then find a festive spot to hang the mistletoe.

Step 5

When the holiday season ends, hang the mistletoe on a DIY herb drying rack to preserve the arrangement and reuse it next year.

a bunch of mistletoe is hung from a rack to dry

Mistletoe Wreath

a finished diy mistletoe wreath with a green ribbon hangs from a ceiiing

Things You'll Need

  • Small wooden wreath shape

  • Mistletoe pieces, ( 2 )

  • 24 gauge floral wire

  • Wire cutters

  • Twine

  • Ribbon

a wreath form, wire, twine, ribbon, and mistletoe

Step 1

Place two mistletoe pieces end to end at the bottom of the wreath. Overlap the ends slightly. Wrap the floral wire around the mistletoe ends and the wreath to secure them to the base of the wreath. Use more floral wire to secure other mistletoe areas, if needed, to help it curve along the shape of the wreath.

a woman attaches mistletoe to a diy wreath in progress

Step 2

Cut a 6-inch piece of twine. Circle it around the top of the wreath form and tie a knot. Tie another knot at the ends to form a loop for hanging.

a woman wraps twine around a diy mistletoe wreath in progress

Wrap the ribbon around the top of the wreath and tie a bow. Center the bow to cover the twine string.

a woman wraps green ribbon around a diy mistletoe wreath in progress

Mistletoe Kissing Ball

mistletoe and other greenery arranged in a spherical form around a foam floral ball

Things You'll Need

  • 3-inch floral ball

  • Straw

  • 36-inch piece of twine

  • Small pieces of mistletoe and additional greenery, such as spruce, juniper, holly, pine, boxwood, balsam fir, or other evergreens

a foam floral ball, twine, a straw, mistletoe, and other greenery

Step 1

Soak the floral ball in water for 15 minutes. Remove from water and set the ball on a small towel or paper towel to catch excess water.

a straw pokes through a green foam floral ball

Step 2

Use a straw to punch all the way through the ball, making a tunnel through the center of the ball. Remove the straw and the excess foam from the middle.

twine is threaded through a hole in a green foam floral ball

Step 3

Cut a 36-inch piece of twine. Fold it in half and feed the end pieces of twine through the hole. Use the straw to help push it through. Tie the end pieces of twine into a knot. If your hole is big enough that the twine might pull back through, then make the knot around a piece of stem or greenery.

Step 4

Cut pieces of greenery into roughly two to three inch pieces. Strip the leaves off the ends so you have at least ½-inch of stem to stick into the ball.

Step 5

Hang the foam ball from the twine loop to add the mistletoe and pieces of greenery. Start at the top of the foam ball and poke the stems into the ball. Keep them close together to cover the foam ball. Keep adding stems in circles going downward until the ball is covered with greenery.

Add a bow at the top of the ball, if desired. Then hang the kissing ball from the twine loop.


Stephanie Gerber is the founder and editor of the beauty and wellness site, HelloGlow.co. She lives in Nashville with her husband and three children.

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