If you're tired of the same old outdoor Christmas decorating routine of simply wrapping a tree in lights, you'll definitely want to check out these lighted tree balls, a cheap and novel way to brighten your neighbourhood.
The design of the tree balls is extremely simple. You take a length of chicken wire, roll it in a tube, fold the top and bottom edges in while shaping it into a ball, and wrap the whole affair in a strand of Christmas lights to create a glowing sphere you can suspend from a tree. While that part of it is interesting, more interesting is the story of how they became popular and the impact an entire street making and hanging them has had on their community. Watch the video below to see lighted Christmas balls being made and hear the story of the good they've done:
You can download the simple instructions for making them — in PDF format — by clicking here. For more information about the balls check out the blog dedicated to them at the link below. Have experience making some? Would love to start a tradition like this in your neighbourhood? Let's hear about it in the comments.