A 46 inch length of two foot chicken wire (1" mesh)
A pair of work gloves
(2) strands of 100 count mini Christmas lights
Wire cutters & a tape measure
3 prong, outdoor adapters
outdoor extension cords
1. Measure & cut a 46 inch length of wire from the 2' roll.
2. Form the cut ends into a cylinder and begin twisting the cut ends together.
|I found this to be the easiest method for joining the sides together. Twist opposing, braided ends around each other once.|
With the first seam completed, there will be a 46" tall cylinder that looks like this:
3. Next close both ends of the cylinder, one at a time. Avoid creating a square-ish end rather than round by overlapping and joining three or four segments as you go around the perimeter (versus joining just two segments as is the temptation). This is the only tricky part of the project.
Follow the same procedure on the other end and then begin molding the wire until it resembles a sphere.
|This is how a ball looks after only one strand of lights has been added.|
Plug the second strand into the female end of the first strand and finish stringing the lights around the ball. Tie off the female end of the lights to secure it in place.
That's it! They're ready to hang in trees! A three-prong adapter, several extension cords and some creativity will be involved in getting them attached and positioned in a tree.
We secured a ball of heavy twine to the pop tab of a soup can and threw it up and over a limb. When the can came down, we detached the twine from the can and attached it to a lighted ball, then hoisted the ball up into the tree. Repeat with the remaining balls, connect to a power source and light! (that sounds a lot easier than it is.)
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