Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky in the husband department. I mean, most dudes don't willingly put up Christmas lights let alone enjoy putting up a display like this.
We hang lights instead of shoveling our driveway. It snows light every other day so we've given up.
There might be some lights thrown in the bushes if I was in charge (which was my job this year). You would never catch me up there in those peaks. I definitely wouldn't spend the time outlining the sides of the house.
So instead of thanking Nate, I pull out a quote from one of my favorite Christmas movies.
Michelle: The little lights... they aren't twinkling.
Nate: I know, Michelle. Thanks for noticing.
These balls are easy to make. We hope to have a big ol' forest of hanging ball in the future. We added a few more this year.
We were originally inspired by this pin which no longer leads to a valid site. Awesome. It did at one time and it taught us how to make these lovely lighted Christmas balls.
Here's what you'll need to make your own:
- Chicken wire
- We used the 2" kind. About 2 feet for each ball.
- Wire cutters
- Mini Christmas lights (1 box per ball)
- 3 prong outdoor adapters
- Outdoor Extension cords
Form the cut ends into a cylinder. Twist the cut ends together.
Close both ends of the cylinder. Trial and error will get you to a point where the ends look more like a sphere than a square.
Keep fluffing and twisting until you end up with something that resembles a ball. Wrap the lights around the ball. (We stuck some inside to help keep in place during the windy/snowy month of December.
To hang, drape an extension cord over a tree branch. Thread the power cord into the ball. Loop it up and in and plug into the lights. It's seriously a stupid easy outdoor light project!
Do you have outdoor lights? Are you one of those awesome houses that has the display set to music?