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Merry Mistletoe Ring

Merry Mistletoe Ring


Give friends and family a Christmas kiss or New Year's hug under this merry mistletoe ring.


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Sharing a kiss under the mistletoe is a very old Christmas tradition, and the custom is even older. The ancient Greeks believed mistletoe had life-giving powers, possibly because it appeared to grow spontaneously, as if by magic.

Mistletoe, which is poisonous if ingested, shows up in European folklore, from observances of weddings to the winter solstice. Anglo Saxons gathered mistletoe for ritual use, and the custom of using it to decorate houses at Christmas survives to our day.

You can see that the custom of "a kiss under the mistletoe" has an ancient, storied past!

What You Will Need
With supervision, young children can use fresh mistletoe safely. Or, you can buy plastic mistletoe instead.

To make the ring, you will need:

  • 1 lid from a 64-ounce Nesquik canister
  • 8 large cotton balls
  • 1 ¼-inch-wide decorative Christmas ribbon
  • 1 foot long, ½-inch-wide decorative ribbon
  • 1 utility knife
  • Silver and green sequins
  • 1 sprig of fresh or plastic mistletoe
  • 1 ½ inch ring (available at craft or fabric stores)
  • Craft tacky glue
  • Craft glue gun
  • Safety scissors
How to do it
Start by cleaning the canister lid. Using a utility knife, cut out the inside to leave a one-inch-wide ring.

Pull apart eight large cotton balls to use as padding around the ring. Evenly spread the tacky glue around one side of the ring and place half of the cotton evenly over the glue. Allow the glue to dry completely and repeat on the opposite side.

Secure the decorative ribbon to one side of the ring with a craft glue gun. Wrap the ribbon around the ring until it is completely covered. Secure the end of the ribbon to the ring with more glue.

Using the craft glue, attach silver and green sequins in a decorative pattern around each side of the ring. Use the glue gun to attach a 1 ½-inch-wide hanging ring to the top of the Merry Mistletoe ring.

Tie a six inch length of narrow decorative ribbon to a sprig of mistletoe and attach this ribbon to the hanging ring so that the mistletoe is suspended in the center of the ring.

Tie a bow around the mistletoe. The Merry Mistletoe Ring is ready to grace an entryway, doorway, or anywhere you want to add a little holiday cheer.

 



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