Make Christmas Light Balls

Make Christmas Light Bals

Make Christmas Light Bals

I’m in love with Christmas Light Balls – have been since I first saw some stunning light balls hanging from a huge spruce tree when taking a Christmas light tour of my neighborhood  about a decade ago.  Since that moment, I have totally had a thing for any type of light ball. And these massive ones are a-mazing!  Oh my, if Christmas wasn’t a mere month away I’d so be doing this. But it’ll have to wait for next year – I’ll get started in August!  Just too much to do at this time of year!

These light balls are completely DIY – you make them using chicken wire. The green one stands 2 feet high, the blue one is 4 feet.

This project comes courtesy of ChristmasLightsEtc  where you can get the lights required to pull this off.

Love, love, love this.

Make Christmas Light Balls

Required Materials

Required Materials

First, gather your supplies. For this project, you’ll need chicken wire, small wire cutters, a measuring tape, gloves, and our LED mini lights.

Measure the Chicken Wire

Measure the Chicken Wire

Roll out the chicken wire and measure out the dimensions. To create a spherical shape, the chicken wire must be twice as long as it is wide. We are creating a 2′ Christmas light ball, so our chicken wire was 2′ x 4′.

Cut Chicken Wire

Cut Chicken Wire

Cut the chicken wire at the measured area. Because chicken wire can be sharp and hard to handle, gloves come in handy when manipulating the wiring.

Put Sides Together

Put Sides Together

Once the chicken wire is cut, place the two cut sides together and connect by twisting the wires around each other.

Twist Wire to Hold

Twist Wire to Hold

As you can see in this picture, we created a bond by twisting the wire.

Create Funnel

Create Funnel

Now you’ll have a funnel of chicken wire. This is where the shaping process begin.

Shape into Ball

Shape into Ball

Begin pushing the funnel’s sides together and twisting the wire together. Pleating as one would cloth, or folding the circle into each other, begins to create the round shape. Snip the wire with the wire cutters and twist it together to make sure it will hold.

Shape into Ball

Round into Shape

Continue to sculpt the chicken wire to make it as round as possible. Pushing in the curves and pulling on the ends helps to create a more spherical shape.

Leave Male Plug Exposed

Leave Male Plug Exposed

Once the ball is completely circular, it’s time to wrap with lights. Take your first string and wrap so that the male plug is exposed. This allows for the chicken wire ball to be plugged in and to power it.

Wrap with Lights

Wrap with Lights

Wrap the lights around the ball, in and out of the wire, to secure it. When one string has gone as far as it can go, plug the next string in to create end-to-end runs. For this 2′ ball, we used 3 LED light strings. Once the lights are fully wrapped around the chicken wire ball, it’s ready to be plugged in.

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