Faking Mistletoe

I don’t have a mistletoe, but I like the idea of one.  My Mum used to hang one at Christmas every year, and our entire family had to kiss each other under it at least once. My sister’s and I though it was hilarious.  Here is the adorable mistletoe like decoration at my sister’s house.


True Mistletoe

When I was reading a little about mistletoe, I found out that there are many different types. One of the common varieties is Phoradendron. This red mistletoe is tranditional in North America.

misletoe Phoradendron

Another variety, the white Viscum Album, is used in Europe.

mistletoe white

Some History

According to Wikipedia, in the “ancient Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin. It was described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon“:

“The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.”

Faking Mistletoe

One of the things I like about mistletoe, is the colours of green and red. Not only are they Christmassy, they also bring an attitude a richness and boldness — of celebration I guess you could say — to the house. I was inspired by this and decided to make a mistletoe inspired feature to hang across the door frame.  While I was out on a Sunday walk, I collected some mini pine cones and pine tree leaves. I attached three pine leaves together with red ribbon and used an open paperclip to act as a hanging tool.

Handmade christmas decorations

handmade christmas decorations

handmade christmas decorations -- mistletoe

Once I had enough bunches, I hung them on a piece of string attached along the door frame. It was such a simple thing to do but it gave me a lot of joy. The only tricky part is hanging it above the door; removable stick on hooks work well.

handmade christmas decorations -- mistletoe

Do you hang a mistletoe at Christmas time?

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    December 9, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I’m English, as you know. For me, its green with white berries. And I am always torn – it’s traditonal kissing and Christmas decoration properties (which I love and miss) and the fact that it’s a insidious plant that parasites off other trees and shrubs, and it’s also poisonous!

    I always keep a look out for real misteltoe – love me a kissing time…

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

      I just put the white one in the post too! There are some REALLY pretty fake mistletoe decorations around. The one my mum had was just a simple ball with a few red berries. I loved the simplicity of it. Wish I had a picture of it.

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        December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

        That is a lovely shot of the Viscum Album! I requested my fruit and veggie man hunt me some down today, thanks to your post!

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          Kelly Be A Fun Mum
          December 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

          Did your veggie man find any? Many people have asked where to get it…seeme like it is hard to find!

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    Tara @ Mum-ments
    December 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Such a cute idea! I was asking my florist aunty if they would be gettinh any in but sadly they wont so im now gonna go on the hunt for some fake mistletoe hehe xxx

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      I know so many people who have been looking for it too, and haven’t been able to track any down. If you can’t make it, fake it, right?

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    December 10, 2011 at 6:03 am

    […] I really want Mistletoe. But we can’t get it here in Australia. Not even fake stuff that looks like Mistletoe. Unless there is and I just haven’t found it yet. In which case, if you know where to get some, please let me know. In the mean time, Kel from Be A Fun Mum is faking mistletoe. […]

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