A few years ago we discovered a street in our city that is lit with giant hanging lighted ornament balls. We drove down the street with our low beams on and were truly speechless. It was magical, ethereal and beautiful seeing giant orbs of light suspended in mid-air. Since then I’ve scoured store shelves to find these beautiful lighted spheres. Little did I know that they were truly a DIY project.
This year, our neighborhood decided to hold a workshop to teach anyone who was interested how to make giant lighted ornament balls. You know I was there with bells on . Here’s how to create your own hanging lighted Christmas ornament balls complete with hanging suggestions!
Materials Cost breakdown:
- Chicken Wire: 3′ x 50′ roll (yields about 12 balls) – $24
- 3 – 100 light strings of outdoor Christmas lights (green wire is best) – $10
- Twisty tie from the light strands
- Poly-braided rope or clothes line rope – $10 per 100 ft.
- Extension cord: $15
- Small water bottle
- Aircraft sheers for cutting wire
Cost: approximately $37 per ball with extension cords and hanging supplies (not including gloves and shears)
- Three way plug in adapter $5 (to add more balls to one cord),
- Extra extension cords
Cut a section of chicken wire 42″ long (using a 36″ width roll). Shape the section into a cylinder.
Secure the ends of the chicken wire by folding the ends over and securing to the opposing side. Stop about 8″ from each end. [Read more...]