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How to Make Lighted Outdoor Christmas Ornaments

Does anyone know how to make light up outside Christmas Ornaments to hang from a tree? I have seen ones made from what looks like small plastic cups, string of lights, somehow shaped into a ball. Has anyone heard of these or made them?

Janet from Pennsville, NJ

Editor's Note: Here is a link to instructions on how to make lighted balls with plastic cups:

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By L O'Brien [5]11/25/2007

Here is an idea - you will need:-
small empty jam jars - save the nicest shaped ones
strings of beads from a charity shop/thrift shop or jumble sale
florists or garden wire
wire cutters
transluscent glass paint
a cheap child's paint brush for each colour used
tea light candles

What about small jamjars - painted with transluscent glass paint - and a wire around the lip of the jar and a loop to hang up. You can thread beads onto the wire as well. Then pop in a tealight candle and this will make the jar glow shining out the colours of the paint - red and green look best. Even if you are not arty you can just paint stripes of different colours. Holly leaves are easy to draw too - especially if you outline with a felt pen and then fill in with the glass paint. If you do not have a tree to hang them from - a cheap clothes line strung with these little lanterns would look good, especially if the wire loops are at varying lengths to give a random line. Even a rotary line would look really pretty with these lanterns glowing in the dark. Apart from the glass paint - the rest of the things needed to make these costs very little. If you have any broken decorations then salvage any bows or sparkle from them and glue this onto the jars too. Remember not to hang them too high - as you will have to replace the tealights each night.
Kindest regards - Borasic Lint

By Louise [7]11/21/2007

Those are called sparkleballs. This is the website for them. It will tell you everything you need to know and give you step by step instructions to make one. There are also pictures of sparkleballs from all over the world.
www.sparkleball.com

By melissa [9]11/21/2007

i found the link to a page that shows how.i have never seen these!they are very neat!
http://familycrafts.about.com/gi/dy ... /www.born2haunt.com/lightball01.html

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