Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
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.
Hang with ribbon, hiding excess cord behind ribbon.
12-foot rope light by Hampton Bay, homedepot.com
12-, 14-, and 16-inch topiary balls by Pacific Wire & Supply, etopiary.com
Clear zip ties
Silver tinsel garland
Floral wire (optional)
1-inch-wide silver ribbon
Rope lights, which look as if they're filled with liquid beads, provide a smoother, more defined look than the standard string variety.