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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY Lighted Ornament Balls

Some of my favorite Christmas decorations have always been oversized ornament balls lit up on trees outside. 

I decided to make my own this year (with the help of my dad), and it was surprisingly easy!  To make the "frame" of the ball, you use chicken wire.  I went to Lowe's and bought a roll of the flimsiest chicken wire they had.  It is 24-inches tall.

I used wire cutters to cut the chicken wire into 45-inch pieces.   

I then wrapped the ends around each other to create a chicken wire "cylinder" of sorts.  Be careful because that chicken wire is mean stuff.  I have quite a few scratches on my arms from the project!

Then start closing the top and bottom of the cylinder together and work with the wire until it forms a ball.  It doesn't have to be perfect.

Mine are about 24-inches in diameter, so they are a decent size to hang up in the tree.

After you have made the chicken wire ball, wrap strands of lights around them.  I used some white ones and some colorful ones.

She's not much to look at in the daylight...

I made 4 ornament balls total.

But at night, they brighten up the dogwood tree in my front yard! 

Merry Christmas!

6 comments:

Jennings and Gates said...

Great idea. I saw something like these years and years ago on Martha Stewart, but I think she used twig balls. The chicken wire is lighter, less expensive and easier to come by. Thanks.

AaReAn said...

what a fantastic idea!! They turned out so cute!!!

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eranfaraway said...

Love this! I would like to suggest using gardening gloves next time to protect your hands. It's fun to see a crafty post again.

Melissa said...

If you come to Greensboro during the holidays, make sure to stop in Sunset Hills to see the THOUSANDS of those that are strung everywhere. It's breathtaking the first time you drive through the huge old tree canopy and see thousands and thousands of light balls!

Chic Coles said...

I absolutely love light balls, as well as hanging kissing balls (it looks like a balled up wreath!) Such a pretty addition to trees!

Katie said...

I love these in Greensboro too! It's a Christmas tradition for my family to go see the neighborhood.

So, how did you actually get them in the trees? Something about attaching a ball to the string and throwing them?

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