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Glowing Topiary-Ball Lanterns


Rope lights, which look as if they're filled with liquid beads, provide a smoother, more defined look than the standard string variety.


  • 12-foot rope light by Hampton Bay,
  • 12-, 14-, and 16-inch topiary balls by Pacific Wire & Supply,
  • Clear zip ties
  • Silver tinsel garland
  • Floral wire (optional)
  • 1-inch-wide silver ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Working from the bottom up, wrap lights along horizontal ribs of form, fastening with zip ties every few inches. [See image 2 above.] Wrap tinsel around form in spaces between lights, weaving through vertical ribs and securing with floral wire if desired. Trim excess tinsel.

  2. Step 2


    Hang with ribbon, hiding excess cord behind ribbon.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2010

Reviews (2)

  • 26 Dec, 2010

    they are on the web site as stated--wraped topiary balls under shapes

  • 23 Dec, 2010

    I cannot find ANY round wire topiary balls anywhere to accomplish this look. It is frustrating that this idea is in the Martha Stewart magazine as well as here on the website, and yet the tools needed to actually do the craft are impossible to find. Not even the link provided ( has the product!