Here at PaperCanvasEtc, we pride ourselves on doing ordinary things in an unexpected way, so when I saw this baby's breath at my local flower market, I just knew we had to try something fun with it. By using a round ball of floral foam, I tied a ribbon around the ball with about a foot of ribbon left long. The ribbon was tied and pinned to keep it from shifting. I stuck large and small varieties of baby's breath all over the ball in a sporadic fashion until you could no longer see the foam underneath. A bow tied with the same pink and blue ribbon from earlier was pinned at the top of the flower ball to finish the piece.
Formally called a "kissing ball," these floral arrangements have their origins in medieval Christian history where people would hang them from the ceilings of hallways to give the home blessings or good luck. The tradition had been discarded during the times of Reformation and Puritanical Christianity, which regarded the custom as excess. It came back in fashion during Victorian times, but instead of being a symbol of blessing or good luck, the floral balls became associated with romantic love. Either way, you can use them for your own meaning in your home, holiday or party decor. If hanging the ball is impossible or not appealing, another way to use the "kissing ball" is to set it on top of another vase or candle holder as I've done here in this interior vignette:
I love the flexibility of this arrangement to serve so many purposes in so many different ways. Hanging or setting in a vase of candlestick, the kissing ball is a floral feature to try in your own home or for your next event