LET THERE BE LIGHT: DIY Orbs of Christmas Lights
It happens to everyone at some point. You go to put up your outside Christmas lights and they are done, refusing to illuminate ever again, regardless of how many bulbs and fuses you replace. This year our old standby icicle/snowflake lights gave up the ghost. We had plenty of regular strands of light, since I change my mind every year about what color lights I want on the tree. So I decided that I wanted to make those strands into big balls of light to hang from the porch and put in the yard.
A quick trip to Home Depot set us up with some chicken wire. That, some wire snips and the lights were all that we needed. We decided to make two balls and one oval shape. I wanted the biggest sphere of light to be about 2 feet in diameter so we started with a piece of chicken wire that was 2 feet by 4 feet. We rolled it into a cylinder and twisted the wires together to hold it in place.
Then we started pushing and pulling on the cylinder to form a ball. We quickly figured out that it was easier to cut a few wedges out of the wire than to keep bunching it up.
The ball is not a perfect sphere, but close enough. It also is a little less than 2 feet in diameter, but close enough.
Then I started poking lights into the sphere and back out through the holes in the chicken wire. The more lights I put on , the more I wanted, so I just kept adding them on. I used two strings on the almost 2 foot orb.
Then we were on a roll. We made a small orb about 1 foot in diameter and an oval shaped light that was somewhere in between the orbs in size. All in all, it was a pretty easy and inexpensive project. It took about two to three hours to finish all three, but now I have two “chandeliers” to hang from the porch and one big orb to sit in the yard. My only complaint is that it is a little hard on my fingers. I tried wearing gloves for some of it, but the wire kept snagging on my gloves. Brad says his fingers didn’t hurt at all…tough guy.