Make Giant Christmas Light Balls for Your Yard
Put an artistic spin on front yard Christmas lighting with illuminated spheres made from chicken wire.
You've seen holiday light balls in botanical gardens and other seasonal displays, but they're actually simple to make with just a few supplies.
Tools + Materials
For each sphere, you'll need: chicken wire; wire snips; zip ties; measuring tape; twinkle lights (in desired color); extension cord.
Cut Chicken Wire
On a flat, level surface, unfurl chicken wire to the desired height using measuring tape as a guide. Then, use wire snips to cut the chicken wire to the desired length.
In order to shape the chicken wire into spheres, the wire has to be folded into a cylinder to create roundness. Then, trim away the excess using wire snips. Once the excess is cut, the cylinder will appear more square.
Form a circle by closing each end of the cylindrically-shaped chicken wire shut with zip ties.
Shape the Sphere
After the zip ties are secure, adjust any bent chicken wire until the sphere is perfectly round.
Add Twinkle Lights
Thread twinkle lights in and out of the openings of the chicken wire until the entire sphere is covered.
Add Extension Cords
Once all spheres are covered, place them in the yard accordingly, then plug them into the extension cords.
For a more contemporary look, consider grouping the spheres in odd numbers around the front yard.