A Kissing Bulb...JUNKMARKET Style

December 11th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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All decked out for  the season is my take on the traditional kissing ball.
You know me...a holiday Christmas project without a few crystals is like a day without junk.
The suction cup hanger all glittered up looks like a beautifully wrapped chocolate Hersheys Kiss.
Red, wired ribbon and greens including pine, holly, berries, and mistletoe top off the bulb.
Pucker up!
All decked out for  the season is my take on the traditional kissing ball.

All decked out for  the season is my take on the traditional kissing ball.


Here are the finished shots of the kissing bulb. See the post below for the step-by-step directions. Boo boos and all.

P.S.

Did you know?

 

The word "Mistletoe" is derived from the Old English words, "mistel" (dung) and "tan" (twig). The plant is thought to be named after bird droppings on a branch.

 

There appears to be a trend with my Christmas decor this year. First an outdoor container made from a manuer spreader, http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/17840/how-to-spruce-up-your-porch, then a hazardous waste container for holding greens indoors, http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/18930/tis-the-season, and now a kissing bulb holding some branches with bird droppings. As i've said before...only the very best for my family and friends. LOL!!!


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Comments (19)

MimiToria writes: Wow, trash to truly a treasure. Loving this project.
G Posted: 11:21 am on December 30th
lifespassion writes: What an awesome project to do! These would look great hanging in windows too as ornaments with other words on them - Joy - Snow - Peace - etc. Great job! Posted: 10:33 pm on December 14th
MaddieMac writes: I love this!!! Absolutely Adorable!!! Posted: 2:54 pm on December 14th
junkermidge writes: Love, love, love it!
Midge Posted: 11:00 pm on December 13th
shabbychick writes: Sue - I love your kissing bulb AND your sense of humor! It is such a beautiful project - and you're just so darned clever!!

Kathy Posted: 10:57 pm on December 13th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wow! This is an adorable project, Sue! I'm sure you'll get some smooches after hanging that thing!
Candy Posted: 8:25 am on December 13th
berton718 writes: Sue,
Is there any piece of JUNK you can't beautify?? I don't think so!! This is AMAZING!!!
Thanks for sharing !! Happy Holidays!! Love Berton Posted: 2:04 am on December 13th
alicemom writes: PRECIOUS!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:23 pm on December 12th
chippingcharm writes: Lovely Sue! Glad to see that you make "Boo-Boo's" too...it's nice when they are little and fixable huh? :) Thanks for "enlightening" us on the Kissing Ball/Bulb too...fun stuff...Laurel Posted: 2:09 pm on December 12th
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

Here is a quick overview of the kissing ball. I justed changed it from a kissing ball to a kissing bulb!

A simple sprig of decorative mistletoe is a familiar prompt for a holiday kiss, but you can make your foyer extraordinary with a traditional kissing ball.

Originally, during England’s Middle Ages, “holy boughs”—made from interlocking evergreen branches and supporting figurines of baby Jesus or the holy family—graced passages. Throughout the holiday season, the holy bough hung from entryways as an omen of goodwill for embracing visitors.

After a period of unpopularity, thanks to the Puritans, Victorians brought the holy bough back from obscurity, refurbished with a new look and a new name. It now became an elaborately decorated apple or potato replete with herbs and foliage. The herbs on each “kissing ball” were not only chosen for their beauty, but also for their symbolic value. Lavender and rosemary signified loyalty and devotion, while thyme promoted courage. Mistletoe was a popular decorative choice symbolizing good fortune and fertility.

The kissing ball began to emphasize romance, rather than mere good will. Dancers waltzed under the kissing ball laced with mistletoe for a peck, and single women stood in wait for potential suitors. Eventually, sprigs of mistletoe superseded all other greenery and became the enduring symbol of holiday affection that we know today.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 11:03 am on December 12th
DownHomeDIY writes: XOXOXO
Loving it!
~MB
Posted: 11:16 pm on December 11th
itsnotjunk2me writes: LOL! Love the footnotes...there certainly seems to be a trend there this year. But seriously-who would of thunk that mistletoe was named after bird dung? I definitely like your version...because who doesn't "light" up when they get a kiss! Thanks for another great project idea. ~judi ;) Posted: 10:42 pm on December 11th
monakent writes: The boo-boo was well worth the end result!!! This kissing ball is marvelous, Sue. Well done. gailmarie Posted: 8:01 pm on December 11th
bluebucket writes: Love, love, love your kissing bulb. It's so gorgeous! Thanks for including instructions. I'm sure there will be lots of kissing bulbs out there this Christmas.
yours in junking, doreen Posted: 7:52 pm on December 11th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
i SENT THIS BEFORE AND I GUESS IT DIDN'T GO THROUGH.WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY. I'M LIKE GEORGIA, IV'E NEVER HEARD OF A KISSING BULB.THAT ARRANGEMENT IS BEAUTIFUL.YOU ARE A TRUE MASTER AT JUNK.I JUST WISH MORE PEOPLE TOOK INTEREST WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH JUNK.YOU ARE AMAZING LADY AND A TRUE BLESSING TO ALL OF US WHO CARES ABOUT PEOPLE.THE COLORS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD.YOU HAVE A NICE EVENING.GOD BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 7:33 pm on December 11th
fellowjunker writes: Absolutely gorgeous finished product!!!!!!!!
xojanis Posted: 3:17 pm on December 11th
Grasshopper22 writes: This is the best decoration that I have ever seen...how clever...I agree with Georgia, you are a genius!!! Posted: 2:42 pm on December 11th
georgiamoon writes: Wow I have never even heard of a kissing bulb...did you make that up? If you did, you are a genius! I want them hanging all over the place! What a beautiful Christmas decoration this is. Truly an amazing project, Georgia Posted: 2:34 pm on December 11th
RustyDiva writes: Let me be the first to say that I love this sooo much that I could just kiss you! Absolutely awesome project!!!!!!!!!! Posted: 1:12 pm on December 11th
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