These easy to make 1:12 scale mistletoe balls are set to hang in a dolls house Christmas scene or on a small Christmas tree. They can be made in 1:6 to 1:24 scale using the same materials. If you want to have small balls as decorations for a full size Christmas tree, you can make them with the same materials, just use an appropriate sized punch or hand cut larger leaves following the instructions.
Mistletoe is a European Christmas tradition, which seems to come from Celtic and Scandinavian roots. The mistletoe plant is a parasite which grows in many trees, including the oak trees, from which Druids cut it with a golden sickle, five days after the moon of the winter solstice. Scandinavians revered it as a peace plant, often attaching it above doorways. Druids believed it had life giving powers and bestowed fertility. When it was revived as a Christmas symbol it became a symbol of eternal life for its evergreen leaves, and the ancient kissing tradition was revived as a sign of love, romance and good luck.
For scale dolls house scenes, you can make a few sprigs, or complete kissing balls using the instructions that follow.