Step By Step Outdoor Christmas Light Balls

Step By Step Outdoor Christmas Light Balls

How to Make Christmas Light Balls

 How to Make Christmas Light Balls

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

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

 Shape into Ball
Begin pushing the cylinders 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.

 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
Once the ball is completely spherical,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 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 for added brightness,however a good rule of thumb is to use (1) 70ct 5mm LED Light string per every 1 ft of diameter.  Once the lights are fully wrapped around the chicken wire ball, it’s ready to be plugged in.

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