DIY Grapevine Lighting Balls…What a BRIGHT idea!

May 20

 

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How to Make Grapevine Balls 

I wish I could dream up a better NAME 

 

Other than

BALLS.

 

I can create them, hang them, make them look pretty with lights, but I can’t dream up a REAL name for them yet.  I can’t name a grapevine ball to save my life.

I am stumped.   I need a name that doesn’t make me *smirk*.  Any ideas?

 

So far, it’s  balls.

*Snicker

 

These little crazed balls may not look like much as you create them, but they are stunners when they are lit at night.  They also look FAB in the garden.  They are organic in nature, so they can definitely take some wind, rain, snow abuse.

 

How to make grapevine balls via @lynneknowlton https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-…-a-bright-idea/

 

 WHAT YOU NEED :

 

Grapevine.

See?  Easy.  Need help finding grapevine?  If you are Canadian, it’s everywhere.  Like. Everywhere.  It is like a wild weed.

What if you don’t have grapevine??!  Yikes.  

 

BUY a grapevine wreath and take it apart. The grapevine wreath already has the ’round’ shape.  Woot. Woot.  Unwrap the wreath and voila you have the grapevine supplies to make a ball.

 

Here is what grapevine looks like :

Learn how to create these easy to make grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

It’s presently taking over my barn.  Grapevine rolls like that.

 

Bad ass.

 

I had an abundance of grapevine and needed to make balls.  Don’t judge.  I’m a designer.  My skills are sometimes limited to wine drinking and grapevine wrestling.

 

Funny how those skills go so well together.

 

If you are not near grapevine, don’t fret.   Plan B.

 

You can make

WIRE BALLS 

 

 

#DIY : Learn how to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

(made from this fencing wire)

Yup.  Genius name, isn’t it?  Wire Balls.  You can use these for lighting or home decor. It’s easy to do, I pinkie swear it.   BOOM.  Amazing.

 

 

  Back to balls..

SUPPLIES for Grapevine lighting balls:

 

1.    Grapevine

2.   Floral wire

Cut floral wire into small pre-cut pieces. I usually cut about 30 pre-cut pieces.  This wire will be used to secure the grapevine together as you are wrapping the beach ball. Pick a floral wire gauge like what you see in the photographs below.  I didn’t pay attention to what gauge I used.  There are no rules.

We are here for good times, peeps.

 

3.   Wire cutters

 

4.    Beach balls   Buy varying sizes of balls (there I go with that ball word again). Immature.  I am.  Make sure you buy the kind of beach balls that you can deflate.  The variety of sizes means that you will have a variety of finished sizes of grapevine balls.

Why buy a deflatable beach ball ? a)   You can play with it later b)  If you can’t deflate the ball, you will need to beat the heck out of it, to remove it from your grapevine.  Trust me on this one.  Buy a deflatable ball.  No need to murder a beach ball.  No balls need to die in this experiment.

 

5.   Twinkle lights

You know the kind.  Little wee white lights, with a dark wire. Bonus: I found this set with a dark wire. Holy batman.

 

How do you spell PERFECT?! <- I SCREAMED THAT.

 

These lights are d’bomb dot com for this project!!   One box of 50 white/clear mini lights is a good amount to use per ball.  Don’t buy the ones with the white rope/wire.  Those will look stupid.  HMmm. I retract that statement.  If you spray paint your grapevine balls white, that could look super funky.  I might need to try white version 101 next. White grapevine balls with white mini lights.  I LOVE WHITE. I have a problem.

 

Enough about my problems.

Let’s get crackin’ on those balls.

*snicker*

 

6.    Chain, twine, rope &/or extension cord to hang the balls from the trees. You will not need this chain or rope if you are placing the grapevine balls on the ground, in the garden.  Ambiance.   Less Work.  Awesome.

 

#DIY : How to make grapevine lighting balls via @lynneknowlton

 

HOW TO MAKE GRAPEVINE LIGHTING BALLS 

 

1.   Gather up your grapevine and strip it of the grapes and leaves.   Make your grapevine buck-naked.  This is not a glamorous job (even though the buck-naked part might sound glamorous.)  Wear gloves.  Do not get a manicure the day before.   Been there.  Done that.  Got the dumb girl poster.

 

Grapevine looks like this (which is technically pretty gross looking at this stage. GAH)

 

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Pick the grapevine while it is still growing, soft, and pliable.  If you let it dry out, the grapevine will crack and be too dry to work with.  It can be done, but only if you want to do things the hard way.   I like the easy route, myself.  Easy.  Floozy.  Yup.

 

 

DETAIL SHOT OF GRAPEVINE  :

 

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Grapevine is generally easy to acquire, since most farmers  just love to get rid of it.  Grapevine causes harm because it chokes out trees and takes over everything in sight. Don’t let it.  Pull it off, wrangle it, and it is yours to turn into a ball. Pffft.  At it again.  Uhmmm, where’d my barn door go?!!

 

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2.   After you have stripped the grapevine, you are left with the brown woody stem for wrapping around the beach ball.

I usually deflate the ball midway through the project and after the grapevine ball starts to take shape.  Don’t even get me going on deflating balls.  Never mind.  haha.  Don’t try to sneak the beach ball out after the grapevine ball is complete.   You will need to murder the beach ball if you wait that long.  Pull out the beach ball while you still have ROOM to pull it out.

Get that?

I used annoying CAPS LOCK for that beach ball bit.

 

 

Annnnnnd, I make my friends help me.  Gather friends and beach balls.  You’ll be fine.  Wrap the beach ball.

 

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3.   Have your wire and wire cutters handy. I prep a bunch of pre-cut wire, so I am not wrangling with the wire cutters, wire, ball, and grapevine all at once.  I am not that coordinated. Wrap, wire it in place.

 

Wrap, wire. Rinse, repeat.

 

#DIY : Learn how to create these easy to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

 

#DIY : Learn how to create these easy to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

 

 

I usually work with different sizes of balls*  errrhmerrrgerd.  Now I want to tell myself to shut up.  If I say balls again, you have permission to punch me.

The different sizes of beach balls will give you different sizes of lighting balls <—  Punch 

 

 

#DIY : Learn how to create these easy to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

 

A wee sidebar note:

Wondering why I have a table built of stones and old boards??  I left my Mom and her friend alone outside my barn one day.  Not alone actually.  They were armed with liquid fermented grapes wine.  No  joke. Hours passed.  A whole lotta laughing went on.  I think one of them pee’d their pants.  The other one went on a disappearing act for a while and created a grapevine angel using an old staircase post.  I swear.  I could not make this stuff up.  And then.. And then… there was a TABLE.

 

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4.   As you wrap the beach ball with the grapevine, secure it with your pre cut wire to ensure a solid hold.   It will seem tricky at first,  sort of like rolling a mammoth ball of yarn.  Once the ball gets going though, it gets easier.  Ewwwh.  Unattractive  gloves.  Sorry ’bout  that.

 

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5.  After the grapevine ball starts to take shape, you can then deflate your beach ball. Continue to work by building up more grapevine around the beach ball.  Just keep adding the grapevine, in circles around the ball, like you are rolling a ball of wool.  A big ball of wool.  Something like what the green giant would use to knit a sweater.

 

 

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Don’t sweat it too much if you don’t get all the grapes and leaves off the grapevine ball.  They will eventually dry up and fall off.   Like a baby belly button, except that was a gross analogy.   Ditto ewwwwhhh.

 

6.   Finished !!! When you are finished , you need to stand back and admire it.

 

 

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At this point,  I went and celebrated …

 

#DIY : Learn how to create these easy to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

 

After all that celebrating, I forgot to take photos of what it looks like to string the twinkle lights on it.  It is not rocket science.  I know you can do it.

 

String lights FIRST, drink wine AFTER.

 

7.    Wrap the mini lights around the balls.  You can be quite random.  No rules here.

 

8.   You can now add a chain or rope to hang your balls.   I usually scramble around the house or barn and look for random chains.  I steal them from the kids bikes or my husbands workshop.  Failing that, I have used the extension cord itself to hang the balls.  That is not technically correct (or a strong/long term /smart decision) but I am so excited to hang them, I don’t care.

 

 

9.   Attach electrical tape to secure the mini light plug to the extension cord and keep it free of rain and little creepy critters.    

 

10.   If you feel like growing a wild hair, use a big ol’ rope or funky twine.  Check this one out.  It’s gorgy gorgeous!!  Interesting rope is a nice twist if you are feeling artistically twisted.  Or braid it.  I don’t care.  Hang that ball.

 

WORST   CASE   SCENARIO :

 

PLAN B :   You have no grapevine.  You have no mini lights.  You have a lot of wine.  You have a bit of time.  You have WIRE.

Make these :

 

 

#DIY : Learn how to create these easy to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

 

How to make a wire ball…

 

Same deal.  Start with a beach ball.  Minus the grapevine. Minus the just about everything except wire.  Wrap wire around the beach ball, and secure it with your small pre-cut pieces of wire.  Wrap little wire ‘knots’ to hold the big wire together. I used old fencing wire to create this one.   I left the finished wire ball in the rain to rust. Rust is funky, man.

 

#DIY : Learn how to create these easy to make #grapevine lighting balls. It's a fun #tutorial here : https://lynneknowlton.com/diy-grapevine-lighting-balls-what-a-bright-idea/

 

Sip your wine.

 

 Admire your balls.

 

 Done.

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PS.  Did you lurve this DIY?  Get rollin’ with another epic DIY… How to make your own door track hardware.  It’s d’bomb dot com. You’ll save a bucket load of moola when you make your own barn door hardware.   Amazeballs door track hardware instruction book is here annnnnnd I have Amish handcrafted wooden wheels here.  They are soooo purty!

 

I’m so very grateful that you took the time to read my blog.

Big love and THANK YOU !!

Lynne    

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  1. Suzanne

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love this, going to go to home depot and get some wire and a deflatable beach ball, I would like to make varying sizes. Beautiful and yes, very very cool!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Hey Suzanne-
    Have some fun at HOME DEPOT….look out for all the ‘bad stuff distractions’ on the way in the door…coffee, donuts, hot dogs, cookies..it is a regular food festival in there :))
    Cheers!
    Lynne

  3. Debbie Rubert

    April 13th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Love your instructions, love your blog! I do outdoor pots at Christmas and we call our Balls, ORBS! I plan on using your instructions this year although it may be hard to find the grapevine here in Calgary 🙂
    Thanks!!

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Debbie-
    Thanks so much. You made my day ! *blog blush*. Fantastic name !! ORBS…and it is a wee bit more delicate than BALLS. LOL. Love it !
    I bet the Christmas orbs look like stunners. Do you light them up with mini lights too?
    Lynne

  5. Debbie Rubert

    April 14th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    You are welcome Lynn and I have something else to thank you for…I am Taylor’s Mom 🙂 Thank you so much for hosting her last weekend, she said it was the best weekend of her whole year away at school. You were so kind…I hope we get to meet in the fall!
    Yes we do light our orbs and nestle them into some greens with sticks and birch poles, so pretty 🙂

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Debbie !!!!
    Taylor told me that you had a girl crush on my blog…haha..I loved those words. You made my week !!
    Did you subscribe? If you SUBSCRIBE, it is easy to enter your email address in the box in the upper right of the blog. A confirmation link is sent to your email inbox. Click that. You are submitted. VOILA ! The easy thing about it, is that my updates will go directly to your email, about once a week. Easy, huh?
    Lynne xx

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Most importantly….
    I want you to know that TAYLOR IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING KIDS ON EARTH.
    We just loved having her,and all the Uni girls here. It was such a fab weekend ! Did you see the cupcakes she made {in the blog post} last week?
    We will have her here more often next year, so she will have A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.
    I will try and give her some ‘Mom hugs’ for you.
    She really rocks out loud.
    Much love,
    Lynne xx

  8. Rose Dostal

    April 13th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I love your balls, your viney balls!

  9. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Haha Rose –
    I see we are going to get into some girlzzzz road trip trouble in Chicago next week.
    Look out Chick-a-go …..here we come.
    Lynne xx

  10. Rose Dostal

    April 15th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I’m counting the days and…
    8 sleeps !!!

  11. Lynne Knowlton

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Chicago won’t know what hit it.
    Lynne xx

  12. Shelley Alexanain

    April 13th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Love these lights and your idea! I am responding to your tweet today asking what you might call them other than “balls”. The word “orb” popped into my head after a bit of reflection as it is a word for an “unexpected, typically circular artifact”. I am going to re-pin a few on my Pinterest under products I love! Keep up the good work!

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks Shelley –

    I must confess …..I have the BEST MEMORIES of you posting my treehouse pix many moons ago {too}. Just had to throw that thought in there.xx

    THANKS for sharing on pinterest.

    Happy ORB creating. FANTASTIC NAME !
    Cheers!
    Lynne

  14. Sarai Garnett

    April 13th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Spherical vineyard lighting–ooh la la! Love these!

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Sarai-
    “Ooooh la la”…haha…that could be a great name too !
    Cheers !!!
    Lynne

  16. Katrina

    April 13th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I can’t wait to play with my balls 😉 well, my version of your balls. So gorgeous!

  17. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Katrina
    haha…
    Here is how it goes…

    Sip your wine. Admire your balls. Done.

    Lynne 🙂

  18. Nancy

    April 13th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    You could call these Great Balls of Fire.

  19. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Nancy
    You just made me sing that song all afternoon in my head. LOL !
    Lynne

  20. Zoe

    April 13th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Lynne, I can see you had some real fun with this project! I love the narrative and I have to say it brought more than a smile to my face! Would love to have been there with you, although to an extent I feel I was! Lovely post, great idea, and definitely a project for the summer if I ever get a free moment from work! Many thanks!

  21. Lynne Knowlton

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Oh Zoe, the fun we could have! Thanks for sharing along in my nutty, ballsy journey. It is always good for a laugh. The more the merrier.
    Lynne xx

  22. Nivaas

    April 14th, 2012 at 5:46 am

    nice pics, i had never seen, thanks

  23. Lynne Knowlton

    April 14th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Nivaas-
    Thanks for coming and checking out my balls.
    🙂
    Lynne

  24. Kim Bee

    April 15th, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Those balls are huge. I think I need to make some. I mean who doesn’t love some huge, okay I can’t finish that one.

  25. Lynne Knowlton

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    That is the funny thing about balls. They are so easy to make fun of, and they aren’t normally so pretty to look at.
    Go big or go home. 🙂
    Lynne xx

  26. Ivo

    April 15th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I think those balls look like bee hives. But I’m really impressed by the work you have done creating them. Nice and very interesting.

  27. Lynne Knowlton

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Ivo
    They do sort of look like Beehives. But ones that won’t sting you. A happy Beehive 🙂
    Lynne

  28. Brenda

    April 15th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    These are fantastic Lynn.. going to do the wire ones for sure….no grapes vines here because my labrador eats everything in sight and grapes are poisonous for dogs…..sigh sigh. I love the ones in your trees with the lights. great post !!

  29. Lynne Knowlton

    April 16th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    What the what what ?!! Grapes are poisonous to dogs ? Can you tell that to my dog? Thanks for letting me know, I had no idea. So comforting to know, since I live on a 100 acres surrounded by grapevine, and a DOG. Never a dull moment.
    Now I must keep my eyes open for grapes AND skunks AND porcupines.
    I will never be bored.
    Lynne xx

  30. sandy

    April 16th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I laughed my head off with the story of Krysia & me and the stone table….actually you forgot to mention that Michael asked me where we got the rocks from for building the legs.. We had to confess they were from the pile he had stacked for himself to work with (probably not as important a job as our stone leg table LOL). I’m surprised you didn’t tell the story of the time you went away for the weekend & I pulled off half the barn wood on an old shed to use to make my barn board moose, horse, goats that I created. Remember you came home & had to break the news to me that you weren’t going to rip that shed completely down because you loved the rustic look of the walls. Holy mackerel that took a lot of splainin Lucy.
    So I suppose barbed wire is not suitable for your “balls”. I’m surprised no cowboys suggested this.
    I have a couple of suggestions….you need to come up with some practical uses for empty wine bottles. I keep following your creative ideas, and at the end I am either really happy with the results, and celebrate by having wine, or it just doesn’t live up to my high standards….and I have wine to drown my sorrows.
    Bye the way…how come I couldn’t get you to make anything when you were a kid, (except dust bunnies under your bed) and now there’s no stoppin you, were you saving all that energy up for when you grew up?
    Say….I’d like to ask you to move back home……..but I like your house. Can I move back home to your place? love you…Mom :o))) (that’s my smiley face with a double chin)

  31. Lynne Knowlton

    April 19th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This is cool. My MOM reads my blog. I’m busted.
    HI MOM
    Love,
    You know who.
    xx

  32. cred

    May 24th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    easy to see where Lynne’s sense of humour comes from! You both sound like fun ladies to have around.

  33. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks Cindy ! MWAH ! Smooch back atcha ! Lynne

  34. Joan Patton

    April 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Love the balls, I use to have grapevines in UTah, now I live in AZ do not have any, dang it. How about grapevine spheres, love them. Joan I am going to try the wire ones. Yeah!!!!!!!!!

  35. Lynne Knowlton

    April 19th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Joan
    “Grapevine spheres”…has a nice ring. I could sing that, while sipping my wine.
    The wire ones are brilliant to give a whirl too!
    I bet they will be gorgeous.
    Lynne

  36. Danie

    April 19th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Holy crap, you are hilarious. I don’t have grapevine, but now I want to find some. I do have wine. I need your mother and her friend, too, for now I want a table assembled from whatever is outside my house.

  37. Lynne Knowlton

    April 19th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Danie
    No worries, you have the most important ingredient. The wine 🙂
    You want to assemble a table from whatever is around your house? You and my MOM could be besties.
    Cheers to your happy wine sipping !
    Lynne xx

  38. Julie

    April 19th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Love you projects, very entertaining!! Tell me again about the balls? LOL

  39. Lynne Knowlton

    April 21st, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Bring me wine, and we can talk about the balls all day long *_*. LOL
    Lynne

  40. warped

    April 20th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    “keep Granny from getting electrocuted when she touches the balls to admire them.”
    Something so wrong about that sentance:)

  41. Lynne Knowlton

    April 21st, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Hhaha..sure….’warped’…take my sentence outta context. That made it even funnier, in my humble, ball opinion.

  42. Megan

    April 21st, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Awesome! At some point, I will have to make these.
    I feel like I have to refer to them as firefly spheres. I don’t know why. It popped into my head on the first picture. [Firefly because that’s what all the little lights remind me of……..spheres because ‘firefly balls’ sounds worse than just ‘balls’.]
    In any case, nice tutorial 😀

  43. Lynne Knowlton

    April 21st, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Megan
    U r so sweet…you are right…they do look like little fireflies. The light bounces off the grass and trees, just like a firefly. Well done!
    Lynne xx

  44. Roone Stahl

    April 21st, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    This is hilarious reading. I mean funnier than vine balls. Thanks for a fun Saturday morning read!

  45. Lynne Knowlton

    April 21st, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    HI Roone!
    Welcome to the Saturday morning funnies.
    xx

  46. norma Thiessen

    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I’ll take three please! Love em!!!!!!!

  47. Imen McDonnell

    April 22nd, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I LOVE THIS IDEAAAAAAAA!
    We have loads of grapevine around here……..it’s not grapevine though, just thick ivy???
    Anyway, seems like it would work!
    Thanks Lynne….love how your mind works!
    Imen x

  48. Lynne Knowlton

    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Hi Imen!!
    Ohhhh how I love your blog. Thanks for coming by and visiting me. xx I think if you have thick ivy, that would work too. I would give it a try, for sure! I would still work with it when it is fresh and pliable, and wrap it to form a ball. Send me pictures….I say that, because I ADORE your photos, and instagram photos too.
    Big hug,
    Lynne xx

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  50. SAndy Lewis

    April 25th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Followed you over from The Art of Doing Stuff blog…..so glad!!!! YOu are hilarious AND creative! Saw that you mentioned Imen’s blog but didn’t give a link. Any chance you’d share that? 🙂 Looking forward to reading all your older posts as well as future.

  51. Lynne Knowlton

    April 25th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Sandy,
    If you click on the actual name “Imen McDonnell” right in the blog comment above yours, it will take you straight to her blog. Ohhh the magic of the internet links xx. She is also in my blogroll (which also directly links to her blog). Her blog name is {farmette}. It is a beautiful blog. I think you will really enjoy it ! Say hello to Imen for me.
    Lynne xx

  52. Gail

    April 26th, 2012 at 4:52 am

    When I had a wedding in my backyard we hung strands of cafe lights to provide enough out door lighting on all of my terrace’s. I’ve seen the mini version grapevine through a couple different stores last Christmas. I like your because a) they’re home made, and b) they are oversize just enough to need hanging, meaning it would have made the guys job of lighting for outdoors a lot less work.

    I think you should call them over-sized cafe lights. Good luck and thanks for the inspiration.

  53. Lynne Knowlton

    April 26th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Thanks Gail !
    You are right, they do minimize the work that it takes to hang a ton of mini lights/cafe lights in individual strands.
    The versatility is cool as well. After a wedding or event, you can use them in the garden, on the ground, or as decorative pieces….with or without lights.
    Cheers! Lynne

  54. Mo

    April 26th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Sphere. Go ahead, say it. Sphere. Ah. Much better. Thank you.

  55. Mari

    April 27th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I highlighted this beautiful craft on my little blog at http://wadelmat.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

  56. Lynne Knowlton

    April 28th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you Mari
    Have you been blogging long? Do you love it? I love the other craft/design ideas you posted as well.
    Big hug
    Lynne

  57. lora

    April 28th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    You are So delightful, refreshing and entertaining!!! Great work!!!!!

  58. Lynne Knowlton

    April 28th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Lora
    Thank you ! I feel like you just cheered me on ! xx I am writing a new post right now – and you just gave me a burst of energy ! *_*. Thanx !! Lynne

  59. krysia

    April 29th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    hi
    well,,,,, i am glad that you didn’t really say two broads…. (that is what i read about the two boards)…. thank you for the fun…. all the great, great fun…. still laugh at our second childhood at your place.
    one of the two broads ooops boards but not so boring, boaring, whatever…
    krysia
    still creating stuff out of what others consider nothing….. lots of things….

  60. Mari

    May 1st, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Lynne!
    I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now and I love it! I have 2 other blogs going too so sometimes my craft blog (the wadelmat one) doesn’t receive as much attention as I would like it to :o(

    Come back to visit me! I’ll certainly be checking your blog for ideas to share!!

    -Mari

  61. Marilee

    May 2nd, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I just thought if you need another name for them,, rather than “balls” how about Grapevine Globes or Grapevine Globe Lights.

    They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Freedom, by the way

    May 16th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    What a wonderful project! My problem is taht I have no outdoor outlets. I live in an old farmhouse. Wonder if they make battery operated twinkle lights because I’ve got tons of grapevine and lots of trees to hang these from.

  63. Lynne Knowlton

    May 16th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Yes, they do make battery operated twinkle lights, but they go thru a ton of batteries, and that can be expensive. What if you connected an outdoor green extension cord, from the inside of your house? I wonder if there is solar twinkle lights? That would be brilliant for you.
    Be sure to use ‘outdoor’ twinkle lights too.
    Have fun with all that awesome grapevine!
    Lynne xx

  64. Jean Weavers

    May 19th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    How about calling them “light orbs”. That term’s especially popular in ghost hunting circles! Maybe “glimmer globs” would be even better if they were created with the assistance of your ever popular wine! Or how does “angel night lights” work as they seem to be made of starshine. Please stop me…..my mind is going around in circles. So many possibilities…..really! And I’m not even half way thru my mid-day root beer! You really do need to think about changing what you drink when you want to create!!! Throw in a little ice cream with your root beer and you’ve got the world on a string. Wait…..World on a String might be a great name for them!!!!!!

  65. Candice Ross

    May 20th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    You are too funny

  66. GaylaT

    May 24th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’d stick with Sparkly Balls if I were you. I fancy myself quite creative but anything I came up with became sordid the second I put “balls” behind it. As a great-grandmother I think it behooves me to guard my reputation so as to not drag my family into disrepute along with me so I try to stay away from subjects like balls. There are miles of grapevine in Kansas too but I’ve never seen a grape on any of it. It’s mostly out in the country but as I walk down the alley behind my house I see loads of Virginia Creeper and Sweet Autumn that works as well as grape vine any day. I guess I’ll make Sweet Creeper Balls. I see what you mean. The second I put balls behind it the chuckles start. Hopeless!

  67. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Gayla !
    I think you would get along like a house on fire with my Mom (aka grandma). You are a hoot !… “sweet creeper balls”…LOL ! I do love the idea of trying Virginia Creeper or Sweet Autumn. If you go for it, send me photos! I would love love love to see your balls. {ooops}. Snicker.
    Lynne xx

  68. ~gloria

    May 24th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    What about grapevine lanterns as a name? They’re gorgeous.

  69. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Gloria !
    You just gave me a fun idea. It would be cool to make the grapevine lanterns in a rectangle shape. They could sit on the ground and be lit as well. A lantern makes me think of rectangles or squares. I wonder how to make a form for that?! You have me thinking…hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration! Lynne xx

  70. ~gloria

    May 25th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Ok, great. Now I have to think about it, too. Can’t just throw an idea out there like a rectangular lantern and not have me putting aside all else until I come up with a way to do it. Hmmm…how about making a chicken wire frame, lightly spray painted a grapevine color (I’m sure by now some company actually has a color that says Grapevine right on the can), then cover it in grapevine, leaving the frame inside. Meh, just a thought.

    I have no grapevine handy to my house, but I do have the biggest weeping willow tree and the “willow withes” make a wonderful substitute. Even preferable at times, very pliable.

    I’m a new reader to your blog. Love it already. ~gloria

  71. Lynne Knowlton

    May 26th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Gloria
    I am so excited about your idea, I almost knocked out my keyboard keys typing in excitement!! Chicken wire is a ‘top drawer, awesome’ idea !!! The chicken wire rectangle shapes could look very cool even without anything on them. You could use your willow withes at the base of the rectangle and create a wreath style of nest of willow for the lantern to sit in.( or just surround the base of it ). You could even just put a candle in there. OHhhh my. Wish I had a willow tree. You lucky dog- a willow tree. Stunners they are! Stunners !

    A new reader?! Welcome aboard! Thanks for checking out my blog! Hope you enjoy the ride. LOL. xx

  72. Krikit

    May 24th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    OMGosh! I LOL’d until I peed myself a little. You are So freakin’ funny! But then, I’m sure you already know that.

    Great tut. Great balls. And I mean that in every way it can be meant. ~:D

  73. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Well THANK YOU very much ! You just MADE MY DAY ! Love it…’great tut’. Thanks for the BALL flattery 🙂 Glad I am not the only one that pee’s my pants a little around here. Lynne xx

  74. Carrin Mahmood

    May 24th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Twinkle-sheres
    Grapes of Wrap
    Shine-on a-Twine
    Great big twinkling orbs=o=fun!
    Yeah that’s all I got!

  75. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Carrin
    Grapes of Wrap….now that is CREATIVE !! Twinkle spheres sure sounds a bit more delicate than BALLS. Thank you ! Love ’em ! Lynne

  76. Judy

    May 25th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Gad, you ladies are SO creative!!! These are great names!

  77. Auntiepatch

    May 24th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    How about Golden Globes or Glitter Globes? Bodacious Balls? Outstanding Orbs? Ok, I’ll go away now………

  78. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Auntie Patch
    Bodacious Balls !!! Just pee’d my pants a little laughing. Not gonna lie. 🙂 Lynne

  79. Judy

    May 25th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Those are priceless descriptions! Haaaaarr!!

  80. Karen

    May 24th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    how about gravevine globes? Does that still make you snicker?

  81. Lynne Knowlton

    May 25th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Karen
    Yes, I still snicker! I can’t seem to get BALLS outta my head. I need therapy. LOL. Lynne

  82. Judy

    May 25th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Love your blog! My son, Adam, got me on to it as he’s a big fan.
    I made “sparkling tangled vine BALLS’ (is there another name??) for Adam & Katie’s garden wedding September 29, 2001. They (and candles) were the interior light along the ceiling and corners of the tent; even hanging around the tent poles from tulle ribbon, plus I hung them in the trees in our backyard. Quite a perfect fairyland. I now use 4 of them every Christmas, hanging them from strings of mini lights along my front porch. I really love them. Wish I could share pictures!!

  83. Judy

    May 25th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I should clarify that the CANDLES were on the TABLES……not in the Twinkle-sheres, Grapes of Wrap, Shine-on a-Twine, Great big twinkling orbs=o=fun, Golden Globes, Glitter Globes, Bodacious Balls, Outstanding Orbs, vine balls!

  84. Judy

    May 26th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    At least they’re ‘sparkly’ and not ‘schweddy balls’…. http://www.iviewtube.com/videos/152193/

  85. Lynne Knowlton

    May 26th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Judy ! I just bust a gut laughing at the ‘schweddy balls’ video. Who knew that Alec Baldwin had such nice balls? HILARE !!

  86. Lynne Knowlton

    May 26th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I would love to see the pix ! Email them to me. My email info is in the top right corner of the blog. I want to see those sparkling tangled vine BALLS. Are they better than schweddy BALLS? LOL !!

  87. Judy

    May 26th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Sent you a loooooong email with pics and a DIY.

  88. Lynne Knowlton

    May 28th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Got it Judy !….and LOVED it.

  89. marygert

    May 29th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I love this simple cool idea!
    But I gotta get on the name it bandwagon for you.
    Here’s a few:
    Lightballs i cute, but maybe
    too simple?
    Ballylights is a little more glam.
    Yep, like that.

  90. Amanda Malette

    May 31st, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I think these look amazing! My parents are building a new house, and they just planted a bunch of trees. so I was hoping to make something like this to hang so they have some outdoor decorations.

    I had a couple of problems while making these (I’m sure I must have done something wrong). When I tried to remove the beach ball, all of my vines fell apart, so I was left with a whole bunch of individual circles and it wasn’t in the shape of a ball anymore. I was hoping I could get more instructions on how to wire it properly.

    Thanks a lot! I hope I can eventually make some that look as good as your’s!

  91. Lynne Knowlton

    May 31st, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Amanda
    You just inspired me to to a video and show that on the blog ! LOL. Too bad I look like a ‘deer in the headlights’ when I record video. haha!
    Be sure to work with Grapevine that is not too brittle. Start by wrapping your ball, as you go around once, cross over and make another circle around the ball. Where you intersected at the top, add your first wire. Don’t cut the grapevine. Use one long piece as you go. I wire it a lot at first, where the grapevine crosses itself, to form a good base. As I get going, I weave it around itself to really fill in gaps, and I make it quite full. Did that help? If you get stuck, let me know, and I will see if I can find a photo to explain it some more for you.
    Cheers !!
    Lynne

  92. Amanda Malette

    May 31st, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks! That’s where I went wrong…I was cutting them and wiring each individual loop. I will have to give it another try 🙂

  93. Dina McCormack

    June 1st, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Lynne,
    I am a new “empty nester” living in Salt Lake City, UT. I loved your tutorial on grape vine balls. Not only is this a wonderful project that I can’t wait to try myself, you made my day with your witty instructions. You seem like an adorable person. Thank you so much for sharing your creative joys.
    Fondly,
    Dina

  94. Lynne Knowlton

    June 3rd, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks Dina !
    I am a bit of grapevine NUT :), and it is a HOOT. The only difficult time I have with creating these ‘balls’ *snicker* is when I run out of wine. LOL. Thanks for checking out my balls. OMG, why do I say these things?
    Lynne xx

  95. Joyce Biggs

    June 30th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    LOL! You have made my day!

  96. Annechien

    June 3rd, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Love love love this idea, I am going to make this once my garden is kinda ready (I just nicked an extra piece of garden from our “neighbours”, building has been empty for years now.)
    This looks so cool.
    Thank you for the big laugh you gave me with this story…can’t thank you enough. Tears ran down my face due laughing..

  97. Lynne Knowlton

    June 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I am so very impressed that you NICKED AN EXTRA BIT OF GARDEN FROM YOUR NEIGHBOURS. HILARE! I hope your neighbour isn’t a jerk face. LOL…you may like this post….https://lynneknowlton.com/2012/04/05/diy-green-moss-graffiti/
    For a bit of a neighbourly laugh :))
    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  98. Joyce Biggs

    June 30th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I’v been thinking of “nicking” a bit of unused area from my neighbor also! It has just gone to weed and scrub oak. Don’t think they will even notice.

  99. Emma (Emmy & Mouse)

    June 4th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Fabulous DIY project for ‘balls’ (*snicker*) – sounds like a lot of fun!

  100. Lynne Knowlton

    June 7th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Emma
    All balls make me snicker. And you ?

  101. Cindy

    June 7th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I think you should call them…… Glass Grapevine Balls i think they are so pretty i think i am gonna try making them to and hang them in my tree as you come in my fron gate..

  102. Lynne Knowlton

    June 26th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Cindy!
    Did you make the balls? They would be gorgeous at a front gate. Love your idea.
    Cheers!
    Lynne

  103. Cindy

    June 7th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    or Dram Balls…

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  105. Cheryl

    June 26th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    You are so funny! Love your balls!

  106. Lynne Knowlton

    June 26th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Cheryl
    Are you admiring my balls? *blush*
    Lynne xx

  107. Joyce Biggs

    June 30th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I don’t know what I like better. The “balls” or your writing. I’m going to try to make the balls. I happen to have a vine, my neighbors, growing all over my roses. Nuff said. On another note. Do you write novels? Or maybe about your life? I think you would make a wonderful writer. I loved reading what you wrote. Sorry it wasn’t longer. I love it when someones writing makes me laugh out loud. Thanks

  108. Lynne Knowlton

    June 30th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Joyce !
    Great to hear that you love my writing *blush*. Here is a link to another blog post of mine, that I think may make you laugh too… https://lynneknowlton.com/2012/06/08/treehouse-squirrel-trouble-capital-t-trouble/
    I haven’t thought about writing a book, I didn’t think I was THAT interesting! LOL.
    Food for thought!
    Cheers!
    Lynne

  109. Lynn

    June 30th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    You could call them globes instead of balls? Very wonderful idea!

  110. Lynne Knowlton

    June 30th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Lynn
    Nice name! LOL. Globes~ a great name, when I want to be respectable 🙂
    Love it!
    Lynne xx

  111. Meg

    July 2nd, 2012 at 3:44 am

    You are hilarious! Love your big (grapevine) balls! Hehe (sorry, couldnt help it.) looking forward to trying this project and i cant wait to read more of your posts! cheers!!

  112. Lynne Knowlton

    July 3rd, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Haha! Thanks Meg!
    Everyone loves BIG BALLS. hehe…I couldn’t resist.
    Cheers!!!
    Lynne

  113. Connie

    July 5th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Firefly globes!

  114. Lynne Knowlton

    July 6th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    FIREFLY GLOBES. Stunning ! Nice one, Connie!
    Lynne xx

  115. Linda

    July 7th, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Grape Vine Spheres… For Wine drinking queer’s….
    Love this post!!
    Thanks = )

  116. Lynne Knowlton

    July 7th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    LAUGH OUT LOUD Linda ! You are a poet, and you didn’t know it. Some days, I feel queer, making spheres, and then I drink beer, haha!
    Lynne

  117. Lenore

    July 7th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love this post! I am so going to do this one day! Or maybe just the stone table with the metal hip replacement bit… I love that table, and the old tractor seat stools! Hop vine would probably work too… Aren’t globe’s a type of grape? I love the name firefly globes! Tho then we would miss all the giggles over balls…
    Thanks for all the laughs and I will definitely be back!

  118. Lynne Knowlton

    July 7th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Ohhh Lenore
    I hope you have a spare hip replacement bit. LOL.
    P.s. I think you are right, hops vine would be gorgeous too!
    Still *giggling* over balls….
    Lynne xx

  119. shauna

    July 17th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    stumbled across your blog via the Art of Doing Stuff blog (not sure how I found that one either!) Your sparkly balls how-to was a great read, even though I’m unlikely to create anything so charming in the next 10 or 20 years (can’t imagine having the time to do something so basically ‘unnecessary’ – although I’d love to!).

    Anyway, I really think that your creations could be called “glowing globes” or “glittering globes” if you are, pardon the pun, hung up on balls. : )

    However, since they are made using beach balls you can’t really avoid the word!
    Which came first the 3 dimensional round object identified as a “ball”, or the use of the term ball for male genitalia? Methinks the former.

    The balls are lovely and the blog is great fun. Well done!
    I’ll pin it so others can enjoy your writing.
    Shauna P.
    Burnaby, Canada
    (I don’t think we have grapevines in our back yard… but I’ll look.)

  120. Lynne Knowlton

    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Hi Shauna
    I bet in Burnaby…you will find some awesome grapevine. It’s so gorgeous there, even if you don’t, you will still be in bliss :). P.s. You just had me laughing about balls all over again. Geeze….balls…snicker…balls….errrh, I mean ‘glowing globes’. P.s. I think the only time I may ever see glowing globes is if there is a ‘glow in the dark’ condom nearby. Ok, did I say that out loud?!!! hahaha!
    p.s.s. I am praying that my Mother never reads my blog.
    Lynne

  121. Diana

    July 19th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I so love this project and they way you tell it. I am a big wine fan too and have some vines in my garden to prove it (not as big as yours haha). ‘Spheres’ dont you like that word, you can even say it when youve had a few glasses of wine. I am going to drink a lot of wine and try this out after a rummage around my husbands workshop. Thank you for sharing something so fun you have really cheered my day..

  122. Lynne Knowlton

    July 22nd, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Diana
    You must send me photos of your spheres and wine :)….that sounds fun already!! Let me know if you find any good stuff in your husbands workshop. It is always intriguing to see what men have in their workshops. Best time evvvha ! Lynne xx

  123. Diana

    July 24th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I have finished one of my balls! Yo! And in my hubs workshop I found strong garden wire to use as ties. Annoyingly I ran out of grape vines! So I sneaked amongst the other climbing plants in my garden with a pair of clippers and took out some honeysuckle. But Lynne I dont know how to upload a photo to your site. I so loved this process, I just wish I had more materials to make another one. Time for a glass of wine to stand back and admire my handiwork and your ideas.

  124. Lynne Knowlton

    July 27th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Hi Diana!
    I would love it if you emailed me photos of your balls. *Snicker*. I don’t think there is a way to upload pix in the comment section of blogs. Darn. My email addy is lynneknowlton@gmail.com. The honeysuckle idea sounds GORGEOUS and I bet they smelled good too! So glad you had a glass of wine and stood back to admire your balls ! Lynne xx

  125. Corene

    July 23rd, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    recently made 15 wire balls in different sizes for my daughter’s upcoming wedding. Really liked the grapevine ones but rusty wire was readily available. They turned out great. .hint…..I used heavy fishing line to tie with….oh, and make sure you are up to date on your tetnus vaccine 🙂 We affectionately just call em “rusty balls”

  126. Lynne Knowlton

    July 26th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Corene!! You are brilliant !! LOVE IT !! I hope you stood back and admired your balls when you were done. Lynne xx

  127. Robin Cerny

    July 29th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I actually saw the grapevine tree at a craft show one year. Christmas in the woods in Ohio. I loveed it but did not have $100 they wanted for it. I looked for grape vines all the way home to Western NY. Even along the thruway we would see those long viney things hanging from trees and I would Yell…PULLOVER! We did not of course, didn’t want to get a ticket. Anyway, thank you for the great tutorial. Maybe I will head over the boarder and stomp thru the woods and gather some vines from there.

  128. Lynne Knowlton

    August 6th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Robin
    Too funny! We could road trip together NO PROBLEM…I am forever screaming in the car…pull over, pull over, look at that!, You missed it !, Oh my, that was brilliant! ,stop the car NOW or I am walking (with my shovel in hand) hahahaaaa!
    Big hugs,
    Lynne

  129. Janice Prichard

    August 4th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Oh my oh my….. I was just browsing on my computer looking for patio lights to string around my gazebo and came across your DIY Grapevine Lighting Balls. I don’t know which I appreciated more however, the directions for making the balls or your wonderful humorous way of instructing your readers! Was sitting here by myself laughing like crazy and now can’t wait to share your website with some of my silly friends. Thanks for the info and the giggles!

  130. Lynne Knowlton

    August 6th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks Janice!!
    I had a giggle again too…I thought I better read what I wrote that seemed so funny. hahaha! So happy to hear that you love my BLOG. I hope you try some of my antics and DIY’s and get in some trouble along the way too. *snicker* Lynne xx

  131. Susan

    August 13th, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Love these ! But I too could not stop laughing over ” grapevine balls”. I think that I will just call them magical lighted grapevine orbs .. lol !

  132. Lynne Knowlton

    August 13th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Haha Susan,
    You may call them MAGICAL LIGHTED GRAPEVINE ORBS, but I know the back of your mind will be screaming ‘balls’ ! LOL 🙂
    Have an awesome day!
    Lynne

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  134. janice (Ja-niece, Dad's idea)

    August 17th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you for your most excellent post, lesson, sweet conversation… You’re brilliant! Thanks for making my day sweet & fun! FTL, janice

  135. Lynne Knowlton

    August 19th, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Thanks Janice…p.s. love the Ja-niece part !!You called me BRILLIANT?? Can I frame that and hang it as a poster in my kids rooms? I need to remind them that I am brilliant. LOL. Thanks…xx

  136. Margaret

    September 2nd, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Love your site…

  137. Lynne Knowlton

    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks Margaret !! You made my day !! xx

  138. Reggie Baker (inthistogether)

    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    You ARE pretty funny!!!

    luv it

  139. Lynne Knowlton

    September 3rd, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Haha Reggie,
    I bet this is going to give you a whole new meaning to sitting back, sipping your wine and admiring your balls. Just sayin’. LOL.
    Lynne

  140. DJ Knight

    September 5th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Lynne, You should write more and share your gift of laughter with everyone. You are hilarious!
    Write a book or just keep sending these e hows!

  141. Lynne Knowlton

    September 6th, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Ahhh geez look out DJ,
    When you say those nice things, I might smooch you. Just sayin’. If I wrote a book, what would I title it? Oh the fun we could have DREAMING up book titles. You go first. Throw the first title over the bow. We could have some fun with this one. xx

  142. khurram

    September 20th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    thank you so much for this post. Great balls, no pun intended 🙂

  143. Lynne Knowlton

    September 21st, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Hahahahaaaa Khurram
    Good one ! Hilare !
    Lynne 🙂

  144. Donna Murphy

    September 28th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Hi, Lynne…
    A sense of humor indicates intelligence of the highest order. You went there. I love your website and your ideas. As for another name for the balls, but ‘balls’ are what they are…so it could be a moot point. We could try I suppose: great gatzby globes, garden light orbs, light-ups, twinkle…..balls (gad, there we go again). You keep on with those laugh lines and I’ll be back.
    Donna

  145. Lynne Knowlton

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Hi Donna
    Ohhhh my, ‘intelligence of the highest order’…I haven’t been called that before…
    Call me anything, just don’t call me LATE FOR DINNER.
    Big laughs your way…
    Happy Ball moments
    Lynne xx

  146. margo

    September 29th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    THANK-YOU,so much for this tutorial on the grapevine balls .I just attempted and OMG,I LOVE IT.I think I need a bit more filled in,here and there,but np,I have plenty of vines,as I live in the country.Today I remembered how lucky I am to live here .I can go out my driveway and gather vines till my hearts content.Anyway,thank-you again.for posting this where even I could go by the directions you were giving!!

  147. Lynne Knowlton

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi Margo !
    So happy that you had brilliant success !! Isn’t it fun?! They truly look so gorgeous at night, and they even look pretty by day!!
    You lucky duck to live in the country. Grapevine is a wild thaaaang. Woohoo for us !!
    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  148. Judy

    September 30th, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Instead of starting the grapevine balls with a deflatable ball, I thought I might make
    a wire form and cover it with grapevines. Also, did you ever try to use a balloon (perhaps a crazy thought)?

    I really enjoy your creative ideas. I have a backyard full of grapevines this year due to the warm winter and rainy summer. Your suggestions will keep me busy.

  149. Lynne Knowlton

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Hi Judy
    I thought about the balloon idea, but thought it would break too easily…AND….I am too tempted to fill the balloon with water and throw it at the squirrels that are running around my treehouse 🙂
    The wire form sounds like a good idea. Give it a try and tell me how it goes. It may be soooo gorgeous, that you will just keep it as a wire ball.
    If you have a ton of grapevine, another idea is to buy a tomato cage. Turn it upside down like an upside down cone. Wire the tips together to make a point at the top. Wrap it with grapevine and you will have a mini grapevine tree. Woooohooo. Pretty.
    Lynne xx

  150. Sunny Lee Pilkington

    October 9th, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I think you are funny and smart, I had fun looking. Thank you 1

  151. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Thanks Sunny !
    Much appreciated ! Have an epic day !! Lynne xx

  152. Laurie

    October 25th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Love the lighted grapevine “orb”…I plan to duplicate your idea!!! Thanks do much!!

  153. Laurie

    October 25th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Love the lighted grapevine “orb”…I plan to duplicate your idea!!! I have been crazy about grapevine for years, love your barn and the tree you made also!!!

    Thanks so much!
    Laurie

  154. Lynne Knowlton

    October 26th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Thank you Laurie !
    I hope you have a great time making the ‘orbs’…oh my…even when I type ‘orb’ …I snicker 🙂 LOL. Lynne

  155. Laura

    November 7th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Lynne – I don’t think I’ve ever laughed during a DIY learning experience. Thanks for the giggle (love that word) and instructions. I pulled down a bunch of grapevines this fall from trees in my back yard, and they have been laying in my veg garden waiting for me to do something with them. I’ll work on this during tomorrow’s storm in NH. Jealous of your stone/barn board table and metal chairs!! – Laura

  156. Lynne Knowlton

    November 12th, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Hi Laura
    Glad you got ‘yer GIGGLE on ! Happy to hear you enjoyed it as much as I did creating it.
    Did you make the grapevine balls? *snicker*. Did you sit back and admire your balls?
    Cheers! Lynne !!

  157. Melanie

    November 16th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    OMG…you are hilarious! I can’t count the number of times I burst out laughing..while at work…secretly looking for DIY Grapevine Ball instructions. So, if I end up unemployed because my secret look ups are no longer secret, I blame you!
    I’m so glad I found you and your Grapevine instructions! Now I have to go look for the “follow” or subscribe button, so I can keep stalking-er-I mean reading your posts.
    Melanie

  158. Lynne Knowlton

    November 18th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Hi Melanie !
    YOU are a hoot! Geeeshhh don’t get fired..how could you explain that you lost your job over BALLS ?! Dangerous living. xx

  159. Melanie

    November 20th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hi again Lynne!
    Just thought I’d give a quick update on the grapevine …balls…. So, I’m not working on my second …ball……my family isn’t impressed with me. I decided to sit in the livingroom watching tv while making the first one. Yeah…it didn’t go over very well. Oh, the cats loved it for sure, but my husband was a little annoyed that the wayward vines kept slapping him in the face (wasn’t my fault he sat on the couch beside me) and no one could get around or over the huge tangle of vines strewn all over the rug in front of me. While I wrestled with the beachball and vines, trying in vain to get them to cooperate, my mother sat in her recliner giving me dirty looks and shaking her head in disgust every once in a while. Maybe I was distracted from giving it my 100% undivided attention, as I tend to lose focus whenever I watch Vampire Diaries, but I digress. I had the best of intentions. So, after vaccuuming up the mess from the couch, rug and floor, I decided I would deprive my family of my company for the next …ball……
    So, I’m in the garage now. It looks like a tornado went through and threw grapevine everywhere. My husband tried helping long enough to remove the beachball, causing the ‘almost’ ball to lose shape. Did a lot of wrestling with grapevine…not to mention cursing, softly and some..not so much.
    I will say that the first one does look lovely sitting in my urn (waiting for twinkle lights cuz darnit I got white instead of green!), so much so that my daughter actually took a picture on her phone, as she was proud of me for my hard work.
    So, thanks again for the instructions and enjoyable website. Hopefully I survive to make more …balls… and put green wired twinkle lights in them for outdoor Christmas decor, if I don’t freeze in the garage first.

  160. Lynne Knowlton

    November 22nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Oh Melanie
    You are HILARIOUS. I should have warned you that this is an outdoor sport 🙂 ….well…the garage is a rather excellent idea too ! Have fun, enjoy the journey, but don’t freeze your balls off while doing it.
    xx

  161. Annette

    November 16th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Love the instructions

  162. Lynne Knowlton

    November 18th, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Thanks Annette :))

  163. benette howard

    November 17th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I love your instructions got a laugh out of it. love your balls design . I love working with grapevines too.
    Benette

  164. Lynne Knowlton

    November 18th, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hi Benette,
    Have you made other things with the grapevine too? Share with sugar bear. Lynne 🙂

  165. Linda

    November 18th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I was looking for instructions on making a grapevine ball. It was not so easy to find and I found nothing on youtube. Then I fell across your instructions. As the other comments, you are highly entertaining. Your giggling over ‘balls’ made us all *smirk* 🙂 … Thanks so much! I have one suggestion to add for a new name…maybe someone else already suggested this, but I didn’t read every comment…. Decorative/Lighted Grapevine Globes 🙂 There is zero chance of a giggle coming out with that name…you may want to keep the old one. LOL!

  166. Lynne Knowlton

    November 22nd, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Linda
    I bet they are not on YouTube because people are afraid to talk about their balls on YouTube. Maybe if I call them Globes – I will be able to YouTube it. That could be dangerously fun. xx

  167. linda

    November 18th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love your commentary………………………………………..& especially the parts about wine!! I laughed reading this, so thanks for that, can never have too many laughs & I’ll be making some grapevine balls!

  168. Lynne Knowlton

    November 22nd, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Linda
    Don’t forget to make the balls first BEFORE you finish all the wine. Who knows, you could end up with a table or something else in between. Have fun admiring your balls. xx

  169. Lynn

    November 24th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love your grapevine “balls”. If you want a new name for them, may I suggest “lanterns” or “globes”.

    I pulled tons of grapevine down this summer with the intent of making Christmas trees, wreaths and other crafts with them. I think I’ll add grape vine globes to my list. =)

  170. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Hi Lynn
    Did you make anything with your grapevine this Christmas? I hope so ! Send me pictures 🙂 I would love to see !
    Cheers !
    Lynne

  171. Debbi

    November 25th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Orb — a spherical body; a globe.
    Lynne’s Orbital Wild Thaangs — there you have it!

    Many thanks for the detailed information. I can’t wait to get started. My chicken wire sparkle lights are dying and need replacement. Chicken wire has to be purchased, destroys my hands, and wears me out! Grapevine is FREE. Woot!

  172. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    You go girl !
    Although….the chicken wire sounds kinda cool too. You could roll it around in your garden and fluff up the soil along the way. LOL.
    Cheers !
    Lynne

  173. Anna Rugo

    December 3rd, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Love your idea……They are amazing. I had bought these vineballs from Canadian Tire already done up. Howcver, I have a problem. ……..these balls had white lights on a brown cord. It has been over two years that I cannot use them anymore because I cannot find replacement bulbs. I was wondering if you know where I can find miniature lights with brown cording.

    Truly appreciate any help or ideas that you might have.

    Merry Chritsmas,

    Anna

  174. Taria Lorehand

    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:16 am

    there is one way to get this. get a set of lights white cording or green cording from like wally world or a dollar store which ever you prefer. I got mine from wally world. and take all the lights out, then lay it flat and spray paint it the color you need. I added a piece of cotton to the sockets to keep them from getting sprayed. When it’s dry just add all the lights back in and no one will be the wiser. (That’s what I did for my sparkle balls and it worked out nicely, there’s nothing like having purple cording for a purple sparkle ball. :))

  175. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hey Anna,
    I like Taria’s idea for spray painting the cording. P.s. I didn’t even know that Canadian tire sold grapevine balls. Coolio. Here I was, thinking I invented them. LOL.
    Replacement bulbs aren’t worth buying. Too fussy. I just buy new cords of mini lights. Green cord works great too. I bury the cord in and around the grapevine bulb and it looks fab.
    Cheerio !
    Lynne

  176. Carole F.

    December 5th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    May I ask WHERE did you find various shapes of beach balls? Thanks for all of your very “helpful” hints on making a “sphere” grapevine. I LOVE these and in the craft stores they are outrageously priced! I want to leave them in my garden all year round!

    Merry Christmas and a Loving and Prosperous New Year!

  177. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hi Carole,
    The dollar store sells tons of beach balls. You can also buy them at other larger big box stores. It could be tricky at this time of year ( I’m in Canada, and it is snow shovel time. LOL ).
    They are beautiful all year round. I have them hanging in my trees right now. Late at night, with snow and glittering lights…soooooo beautiful.
    Lynne x

  178. Todd Orr

    December 11th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Sorry but a little fermented grape juice while looking at your beautiful pieces and I was like goodness, gracious, grape balls of fire! (But then I noticed they were lighted with bulbs.) A few more glasses and I would have thought I was watching an old Planet of the Grapes episode. I wasn’t going to send this but I figure wine not right? Hopefully you understand my Reiseling.

  179. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Todd,
    “I hope you understand my Reiseling”….brilliantly hilarious ! I have to remember that one !!
    Goodness gracious, grape balls of fire !
    Lynne x

  180. Taria Lorehand

    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:08 am

    So as I sit here at 3 am eating a Terry’s chocolate orange ball, I think why not call them ‘twinkle balls’. But then I think oh em ge, that is so lame (as I shove another section into my mouth cause these things are SOOOOOO good and like I really should be eating chocolate at 3am right..yaaaaa) that calling them twinkle balls is like saying the tinker bell has balls and if you think about maybe she does with so much trouble she gets herself into. I mean really, just the other day, she was………..never mind.

    Anyway, Twinkle balls is a cute name but of course that’s up to you. (shoves another slice of orange tasting chocolate into mouth) want one? SYKE…….

    BTW, I did laugh at this post and almost choked on this chocolate, it’s not fun having chocolate trying to escape from a part of your body it’s not supposed to…It burns mommy, it burns!!!

    Plus I woke my pup up and she stared at me like she was saying. “Do you mind, I WAS sleeping….crazy human.” then rolled over onto her back and went right back to sleep, with legs in the air like she just don’t care…..

    yep it’s 3 in the morning and I think I’m punch drunk and not making sense…yay for crazy people!

    oh here’s a little song I wrote, you can copy it note form note, don’t worry, be happy……
    sorry, here’s the real song:

    twinkle balls,
    twinkle balls
    lights made out of vines.
    you twist and poke and shove them in
    and wire them good and tight…ohhhh
    twinkle balls
    twinkle balls
    you light them up at night
    they look so good in your neighborhood
    that you smile so bold and briiiiiite….ohhhhhh

    sing with me now…..

    okay okay I’m leaving and I won’t post anymore, I’ll just enjoy your blog and behave.

    bad llama….
    🙂

  181. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Oh my goodness Taria,
    YOU CRACK ME UP !! That was hilarious ! Absolutely hilarious ! I think you should eat orange chocolate and sip wine again…you are a poet and you didn’t know it. LOL.
    cheers !!
    Lynne

  182. Sandy Truax

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Loved your DIY project of the “grapevine balls”. You have a crazy, fun sense of humor. I am going to try this project. I may even have the wine–when I’m all done. I just wanted to ask you if you ever tried balloons instead of beach balls. Then just pop the balloon when done. Maybe they aren’t strong enough? Is that why you prefer using beach balls? Have more fun with future projects.

  183. Lynne Knowlton

    January 7th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hi Sandy !
    Yes, you are right…the balloons with POP. That could make for interesting excitement tho !
    The beach balls are nice and sturdy and easily deflatable. I think the balloon idea could work if you were using a softer vine…try it !!!….and let me know how it goes !
    Cheers !!
    Lynne

  184. mary kennedy

    January 22nd, 2013 at 5:51 am

    How about ORB instead of BALL?

    After the orb is lighted you could call it Angel Essence Orbs.

    I love your site; I just found it when I was looking for rain chains. I am age 80 and just bought a “destroyed” mobile home on a lot in Jacksonville, Fl. and am very interested in everything “green” although I know nothing.

    I’m looking into having a hand pump installed by my kitchen sink, like the farm houses had when I was growing up on a farm in NC. I would purely love to have a red one. I have no idea where they are sold or how to do it.

    My lot has a septic tank, (which I know nothing) and a well (ditto: nothing) and we have to put a pump on the well, whatever that does. Anyway, I’m looking for donated materials and helpers. I need a home and this seems to be what came to me for just a “few” dollars and now I am manifesting the needed materials and labor to make it habitable.

    I now live in Lakeland, Fl, where I moved to from NC about two years ago to be near my Granddaughter Bonnie, and two Great-Grandchildren and when I had been here two months, her husband murdered her and the children went to live with their Grandmother, my Daughter, Bonnie’s Mother and they live in CA., so now that the trial is over, I need to move to be by some family in Jacksonville, Fl. and this property is what had shown up for me when I manifested a place to live that I could afford..

    Well, you didn’t expect to hear all this, did you? What do you expect when you invite comments from “old” people? Ha Ha.

    I love your site. Your personality is quite like mine. Love, Mary

  185. Lynne Knowlton

    January 22nd, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Mary !

    I love your sense of adventure ! I hope I am just like you with such spark when I am 80 years old.

    We have a septic, well & pump so I know exactly what you are talking about. haha !

    I used to live in Jacksonville FL too ! If you go to a store by the name of BALI CARGO in Neptune Beach…you will meet one of my best pals in the world…her name is KIM. She may know of places for you to go to find reclaimed things. Or stores that recycle/reclaim old found objects. Give her a call or go visit her…she is really FUN !

    Sending you light…love…and blessings of spending awesome time with your family.

    Lynne xx

  186. Jeannie Pence

    January 24th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Love it!

  187. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you Jeannie !
    Lynne x

  188. cOLE

    February 8th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I am just 12 and enjoy making stuff like this with my mom. I am 12. Thank you for this website.

  189. Myrna

    February 16th, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Laugh….I thought I’d die! Anyway it was fun.

  190. Lynne Knowlton

    February 16th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Myrna
    Thank you BIG TIME for making my day. You truly just MADE MY DAY. I love laughing until I bust a gut. I’m glad you do too. Cheers ! Lynne x

  191. Shelly

    March 2nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

    My daughter saw these and said mommy look gumdrop lights!

  192. Lynne Knowlton

    March 2nd, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Shelly !
    That is hilarious. That may be my #1 favourite name for them ! Love it !

    Ok…. it’s decided ! …gumdrop lights. Woooohoooo !!!!

    Give your daughter a hug for me ! 🙂

    Lynne xx

  193. Noora

    March 5th, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Greetings from Finland! I love these! I´m happy that you have option for me also. It is snowing out there, but I have my wire and cutters ready. I´m just thinking, that do I need to drink that wine during the process? That sounds like fun, but I´m home with my five kids ;D

    All the Best,

    Noora

  194. Lynne Knowlton

    March 5th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Hi Noora !

    Hellooooo from way over the pond from Canada to Finland. Wowsers !

    The five kids & wine probably would not be a good mix. LOL. The kids would probably have some fun helping you with the wire though. That could be a hoot !

    Have fun… and congrats… 5 kids… they keep you young at heart xx

  195. Kim Miller

    March 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Dear Lynne,
    I have been interested in grapevine crafts, so I googled grapevine balls. I have so enjoyed your tutorial and your wonderful sense of humor.
    Thank you for your expression of creativeness and I love this font.

    Enjoy your day!

  196. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Ahhh thank Kim !! Did you snicker when you googled ‘balls’ ? I was so careful when doing this tutorial. Crazy stuff showed up in google with THAT word. LOL. Cheers! Lynne

  197. Scott Matthews

    March 17th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Love this blog and the instructions are easy to follow/understand. Plan on making these for our upcoming wedding. Also to answer your issue with calling them balls. How about grapevine orbs or globes, just a thought.

  198. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Scott !
    They will look fab at your wedding ! We made extra ones for a wedding last summer and they were GORGEOUS at night. I want to attempt white ones next. Let me know if you do them natural or white. Did you notice that I am avoiding calling them anything ? LOL. Lynne xx

  199. Rochell Clark

    April 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 am

    If nothing else – I would read this blog for pure entertainment. It’s like I’m reading my own mind… on wine of course. Thanks for enlightening me… pun completely intended. Oh yeah and one more thing – BALLS!

  200. Lynne Knowlton

    April 2nd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Too funny Rochell !
    I feel enlightened already 🙂 Love it ! Balls it is 🙂 !! Have a ball !
    Lynne xx

  201. Elisabeth

    April 2nd, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I love your ‘balls’ all on their own, but I really wanted to see how you attached the mini lights which I assume all have to be plugged in somewhere, somehow. Please give instructions with pics and details how this is accomplished out in the garden?

  202. Lynne Knowlton

    April 2nd, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Elisabeth,
    What we did was run the extension cord down from the tree branch with the support of wire/chain/twine… ( whichever you prefer ). We hide the extension cord connection/outlet/plug in within the top of the ball. We plug the mini lights in to the extension cord (which is hidden inside the grapevine ball). It is actually quite simple, but I think I just made it sound more complicated. LOL.
    Cheers !
    Lynne

  203. Elisabeth

    April 2nd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Lynne….but….at the risk of sounding stupid……
    If you hang a dozen balls in one tree…….do you use a dozen extension cords from the ball to the branch and then to the trunk? Then do you need a few power bars stuck at the trunk to hold all those plugs with then more extension cords all the way to the outdoor outlet?
    Please tell me you have an easier answer!

  204. Lynne Knowlton

    April 2nd, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Elisabeth,
    I haven’t hung that many in a tree (yet) LOL… because that would feel BRIGHT…even in a big tree. I hang 3-6 balls and yes, that means one extension cord per ball. I use a dark brown or green extension cords. I have them all run into one power bar. Sometimes I put the power bar in the tree, sometimes at the base of the tree. The cords are dark,so I don’t even notice them. I disguise them amongst the tree branches, twigs and leaves. It looks ahhhmazing !!

  205. Elisabeth

    April 2nd, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Lynne,
    BTW, I think I’d like to call them grapevine lanterns.

  206. Lynne Knowlton

    April 3rd, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    haha Elisabeth…. you can call them grapevine lanterns but I still can’t get BALLS out of my head. LOL

  207. smokey

    April 4th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Made one today inspired by your notes and photos. Yes it was very hard since its Spring and the vines are dry and some cracked. Will it be easier in summer/fall when vines are still “green” and more flexible? I did not use beach ball but put two willow wreaths together and used those as the base.. The finished product is mammoth…. 18-20 inches across, used a string of 100 mini lights, but it looks great!!!!Thanks for the directions. I will buy some beach balls and try to make more when the vines are easier to handle.

  208. Lynne Knowlton

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Smokey
    Brilliant idea ! I’d love to see a photo ! Can you send me one at lynne@lynneknowlton.com ?
    Yes, you are right, the vines will be much greener and more flexible in the summer & early fall. Another option, if you are really stuck, is to soak them in water if they are really dry. That helps a bit too.

    Congrats on your beauty creation !
    Lynne x

  209. terri rice

    April 18th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I love your style of writing – humourous & informative – a winning combination! I can hardly wait to create these “backyard balls” for our enjoyment – they’re going to look fabulous and save my pocketbook a lot of $$$.

    Thanks for sharing your skills Lynne.

  210. Lynne Knowlton

    April 18th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks so much Terri !
    I hope you love your BALLS as much as I love my BALLS. Snicker. xx
    Lynne

  211. Cyndi

    April 29th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Loved the read lol I am envious of the stone and barn wood table –
    And appreciate the info on how to shape the grapevine balls lol

  212. Lynne Knowlton

    April 30th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Thanks Cyndi !
    It is super easy to make the stone table. I think you should go for it!! xx

  213. Amy Canary

    May 8th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I LOVE your balls! I just acquired my first covered porch and wicker furniture and want to add some lights. I googled grapevine lighting and found you! Thank you! Can’t wait to get started. Now for a name… boules de lumière or vigne de lumiere or maybe just beau balls.

  214. Lynne Knowlton

    May 8th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Hahaha Amy !

    Great names with awesome French influence ! Have you read my Paris blog posts ? I’m a pro at sounding like a total idiot in French. Now – at least I can say beautiful French words for the grapevine balls….. Thanks to you !!! I LOVE IT !!! Thanks !

    Lynne xx

  215. Stephanie

    May 9th, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Couldn’t stop laughing! I actually really like the wire balls. What gauge wire did you use? Do you ever sell either the wire or grapevine balls? Thanks for this great post!

  216. Lynne Knowlton

    May 9th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hi Stephanie !

    Because I used fencing wire that was just kicking around my barn – I don’t know the gauge. It was rusty old stuff and I was feeling brave from all my liquid fermented grapes.

    You could possibly ask at the hardware store if they have wire that is the gauge of fencing wire. Hmmm. Hope that helps.

    Lynne xx

  217. Judy Pierce

    May 16th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Stumbled on your blog looking for lighting ideas like your grapevive BALL- so fun! I want more…sign me up! 🙂

  218. Emma

    May 19th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Grapevine light orbs (if you didn’t feel like playing with the pun) 🙂

  219. susan lachmann

    May 21st, 2013 at 8:58 am

    In the planning stages of a family wedding, a friend showed me a picture from your website re the grapevine balls….I think she did this on purpose, knowing I would say,
    “I can do that.” It worked, and so did the balls and so did the fantastic rehearsal dinner setting followed by a lovely, lovely wedding. The lighted balls were a ‘hit,’ and I have you to thank for directions.

    I did the first one using a basketball rim and bricks to hold pieces in place while drying to hold shape. * Beachballs worked quite well for subsequent creations.

    So thank you again, and carry on!
    Susan

  220. Lynne Knowlton

    May 23rd, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    That’s fantastic Susan !!! Whooohoooo !! Congrats !! A basketball rim? Brilliant idea ! Lynne xx

  221. Julie

    May 29th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Can’t wait to try to make the twinkle light balls for my cool tree in the baCKYARD.
    I saw a huge grapevine ball at an antigue shop last summer and said Wow I love that thaannnngggg… Hope I can do these before a graduation party next saturday with no spare time, full time job, Mom in nursing home visit twice day, oh yeah, in a play Fri and Sat night. I need to make these balls!
    thanks for the directions and fun blog….

  222. Lynne Knowlton

    June 1st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Hi Julie!
    Did you have a chance to make a grapevine ball? If you need a fast quick version, just buy a grapevine wreath at a craft store… take it apart… and put it back together in the shape of a ball. Wham. Bam. Thank you ma’am. LOL. I hope you have a fantabulous grad party. Cheers! Lynne xx

  223. Baiba Ejups

    June 4th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Do you make the wire and grapevine balls to sell? I’d rather purchase them all complete, instead of making them. Please let me know! Thank you!

    Baiba

  224. Lynne Knowlton

    June 9th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Baiba
    I’m sorry… but I don’t sell them. Sorry I can’t help you out.

    Sincerely,
    Lynne !

  225. Emily

    June 9th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Lynne, These are very inspiring and I am thinking to make them for a party we are having in a few weeks. Just not sure if I’m biting off more than I can chew! How long does it take to make one, and are they really that simple? I would probably start with a grapevine wreath, so how many wreaths to make a ball?

  226. Lynne Knowlton

    June 9th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Emily,

    They really are quite easy to make. I’m not sure how many wreaths you would need. It would depend on the size of the wreath, how thick you want to make it, and the finished size of the ball.

    You could start with a small one and wire it up… to see how long it takes you. The first one takes the longest 🙂 … just like anything else in life. LOL.

    If you don’t have any grapevine growing near you, you could try it with other kinds of vine. I haven’t tried that yet, but I bet it would work. Just grab a hold of the vine, and start wrapping it around the beach ball… and wire it as you go to keep it together. Just like rolling a ball of wool… but with wire bits to keep the ball together.

    It really looks gorgeous when it’s done, so it is worth going for it !

    Cheers !!
    Lynne xx

  227. Patt Butti

    June 9th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Hey Gal….great project. These remind me of those “balls” (pardon) that we used to make with balloons and string…. then…didn’t they use starch or something on them? If they weren’t out in the weather, I’ll bet those would work too. Just an idea….

  228. Lynne Knowlton

    August 23rd, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hey Patt,

    So true about the balls with string. Awesome memory !! I forgot all about those. I bet you could make those for outdoors if you used an outdoor adhesive of some sort. This could require more coffee to really think about it 🙂

    PS. Sorry to reply 2 months late. LOL.

    Lynne xx

  229. Angie

    July 7th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    I love this idea, and I, like you, have a section of my yard that is choked with grapevines. I notice that the vines in your photos are brown, which makes me think that perhaps you made these in the fall. or late summer (?) My vines all seem to be green. If I make them at this time of year (early July), do you know if the vines will turn brown? I don’t want to have to wait until fall to try these balls.
    Angie
    P.S. How about “Great Balls of Fire” for a name? I realize that “balls” is still in the name, but what the heck…

  230. Lynne Knowlton

    August 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Hi Angie,

    Geesh, I just realized that I didn’t answer your question about the Great Balls of Fire.

    *slaps forehead*

    Yes, I create them when they are green, so they are easy to work with and not too hard to bend. They turn brown as they dry into a hard ball shape.

    Did you make some ?!
    Can’t wait to hear !

    Lynne

  231. Michele Yano

    August 6th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Lynne,

    Came across your site as I was looking for a quick/easy way to create lighted vine spheres (heehee) for my son’s upcoming wedding. Three weeks away and he decided he wants them for the gazebo at the venue. Kill me now.
    Anywhoooo….love your sense of humor and informative step by step detail.
    Thanks so much!
    Cheers!
    Michele

  232. Lynne Knowlton

    October 1st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Michele !
    How did the wedding go? Did you get your BALLS together for the wedding ? That is probably bad news bears for me to write about balls and your son in the same sentence.
    🙂
    Lynne xx

  233. Marjorie

    August 23rd, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Good morning,
    Loved the idea. I love lights everywhere and anywhere. I made a heart shaped wreath with lights for an informal wedding a few years back.
    I loved reading your comments. A breath of fresh air. Thank you.
    Your yard looks so inviting enjoy!

  234. Lynne Knowlton

    August 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Thanks Marjorie !
    I feel the same way about comments ! Sometimes they are just as much fun as the blog post !! I have a pretty epic group of readers that hang around here 🙂

    Thanks for commenting !! xx

  235. Elizabeth

    September 3rd, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Love the idea. In getting married in may if gods will. I would like to have a few of the hanging lights ball made out of the vines but seem to be hard to find can you help if so I’m willing to pay all expensive.

  236. Lynne Knowlton

    September 8th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Elizabeth
    Where do you live? Do you have vines in your area? They are really easy to make, and you can make a ton of them for your wedding.

    This is the PERFECT time of year to make them. I just made 11 of them this week with friends. The grapevine is nice and soft to work with.

    Cheers !
    Lynne

  237. Leslie

    September 6th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Well…you could call them globes….but then I never would have found your blog, because I typed “grapevine balls” into my search engine! Great info – can’t wait to get started. Too bad I waited until Sept 6…the stores have replaced all the beach balls with pumkins…sigh.

  238. Lynne Knowlton

    September 8th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Too funny Leslie…
    Great minds think alike 🙂

    I just bought some beach balls at the dollar store. They were great big happy faces 🙂

    Maybe you can find pumpkin beach balls 🙂

    Lynne

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  240. Christine

    September 29th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Lynne, I wanted to drop you a note to say I was really inspired by your ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share them. I had an idea for naming the “ballls” lol…How about “Glowing Grapevine Orbs”. I look forward to future inspiration by way of your blog. Thanks Again….Christine :0)

  241. Lynne Knowlton

    October 1st, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    You are most welcome Christine !

    Thanks for sharing the BALL errrrhhh ORBS love.

    Lynne xx

  242. caroline kohn

    September 29th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I love this idea and i love the humor you put in the article as well.:)
    I love the twinklle light idea and i think they look great in the dark, but have you ever considered maby trying to put candles in the “balls”? I dont know if they might catch on fire but ill leave you to fiigure that one out. Your the desighner. <3 🙂

  243. Lynne Knowlton

    October 1st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Oh no Caroline

    I have already met the entire local fire department more than once. LOL….

    https://lynneknowlton.com/fabulous-kitchen-ideas/

    But I could give it a try one.more.time.

    They are nice guys at the fire hall 🙂

    Who can resist a man in a uniform anyway?

    Lynne xx

  244. Kate

    October 19th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I am going to make this just as soon as I can get my hands on some grapevines. Something is compelling me to make some things out of sticks… Right now I have a huge pile of willow twigs, and sticks in my backyard BUT they can just sit there and wait…. gotta get me some ‘vines’ !!!!!

  245. Lynne Knowlton

    October 22nd, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Sounds like a brilliant plan Kate. Willow is gorgy gorgeous to work with too! It is so nice and bendy. Beauty !!
    Lynne xx

  246. chris

    October 21st, 2013 at 4:17 am

    How about calling your balls – Devine lights or d’VINE LIGHTS

  247. Lynne Knowlton

    October 22nd, 2013 at 7:22 am

    LOVE. D’vine !! I think you nailed a good NAME Chris !!! Thank you !!!

    Cheers !
    Lynne

  248. Charlotte

    November 4th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Great sense of humor, love it. Ok, maybe I missed it, since I read this rather quickly while I have a Doberman and a cat in the dryer (would I lie), but I did not see how you get the beach ball out of the ball.
    Thank you
    Charlotte

  249. Lynne Knowlton

    November 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Charlotte –

    After you wrap the grapevine around the beach ball just ehought to have a ball shape ( but not too full) – then deflate the beach ball and remove it.

    After the ball is out – keep wrapping the grapevine around to make it more full looking.

    Then – wow – stand back and admire your balls 🙂

    Lynne xx

  250. White EyeLashes

    November 11th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I love creative people! Then I can be LAZY!!!!
    I am so sorry…… I had to copy your lovely vine light. I blogged about my tropical island vine version, of course, giving you credit. Many thanks for the inspiration. Great Site, m’dear!
    http://buildandrebuild.blogspot.com/2013/11/follywood-and-vine-diy-vine-globe-light.html

  251. Lynne Knowlton

    November 18th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I think you rocked it !! Johnny Depp would be so proud 🙂

    Living on an island means you have to get creative with supplies and you sure did ! You probably just started a Bahamian trend ! 🙂

    PS. Do you love living in Bahamas?
    Lynne xx

  252. White eyelashes

    November 24th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Thanks Lynne! It’s hard to knock living on an island (except during hurricane season) but the grass is always greener – wishin’ now I lived on your farm! Hey, how about “glorbs” ? They’re globes, they’re orbs, they glow, they’re glorious …..no, glorbious. You are too!

  253. Lynne Knowlton

    January 8th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Haha ! I just read your comment about glorbious !

    LOVE !!

    Happy island life, you lucky dawg xx

  254. gail hunt

    November 18th, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I loved your instructions. very personable. wish you lived next door! thanks for the fun and educational blog. no grapevine here in orinda (the other side of the berkeley hills sf bay area) except at my grumpy neighbor’s down the street and there is NO way i am asking him. too many grumpy people over here. money seems to do that to some! anyway, i am going to use wire, which i have a ton of and hang these from trees for my daughter’s wedding. thanks so much.
    hey, i have a question. you seem very competent and creative! i am trying to figure out how to hold up globe and string lights going across a 60 foot span. So far, i have seen martha stewart’s idea (though have a negative reflex to her) of gravel in a flower pot and another where the person hit pvc pipe into the ground as a base for the taller pipe but neither are thrilling me. I thought of using helium balloons (!) across the expanse to hold up the lights but my daughter thought it was “too birthday”. Might you have any thoughts on poles/posts/etc. to use to hold the lights as they cross the open expanse? I will secure poles or somesuch on the far sides on the fence – it is across that I need help.

    Thanks so much!
    Gail

  255. Lynne Knowlton

    November 18th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Hi Gail !

    I love how you think. So true about moola sometimes. I have often found in design budgets, that the less money I have … the more creative I am. Don’t ever tell my clients that I said that. Hahaha. Truth is… for some people… money doesn’t buy style. Sounds like you know the secret sauce tho…

    Keeping it simple, classic, eclectic in a way that feels like HOME. All those favourite bits and fun finds along the way can make a house a home.

    Martha Stewart : Oh my. Same reflex.

    What about this idea :

    Can you set up a marine style jute/sexy looking naval rope look and connect it between trees ? If there are no trees, yes.. you would need posts of some sort… but you could make some with heavy duty twigs/small tree trunks set in concrete in buckets. Farm supply stores sell sap buckets, metal buckets, tall buckets.

    Buy a bag of concrete … stand your tree trunk in it, branches and all…. secure it and let it dry. You could even add mini lights to that ! Put moss in the bucket later to hide the concrete, or tint the concrete with colorant so it looks coolio.

    Another thought is fencing wire. I use the fencing wire to make the metal balls. If you had the balls hanging on the same fencing wire, that could look coolio too. Buy your mini lights so they connect to each other, and the extension part of each cord could run along the wire, with the lights on each ball.

    Can I come to the wedding? This is sounding pretty 🙂

    Lynne xx

  256. gail hunt

    January 20th, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. I think I figured out another way — there are fences on either side, 60 feet apart. I am going to use a 12′ metal fence rail post, attach it to the outside of the fence and then use a guide wire across the span. I will need to use a winch to tighten it but after that, I should have a wire that spans the distance from which I can hang the lights and garlands. Thank you!

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  258. Jennifer Currotte

    December 16th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    A more glamorous name might be “orbs”. Lighted or illuminated orbs. Though after reading this post the ball thing got to he pretty funny.

  259. Lynne Knowlton

    December 30th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Ha Jennifer,

    How about orb balls? Uhm. Okay, never mind. teehee.

    *_*

    I might be 12 years old.

    Lynne xx

  260. tommy

    December 16th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I HAVE THE GRAPREVINE BALLS ON A 10 LIMB BONSAIED
    JAPANESE MAPLE, I CALL THEM “FESTIVE SPHERES”

  261. Lynne Knowlton

    December 30th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Nice one Tommy

    That sounds über cool. I bet it is gorgeous at night too!

    Lynne xx

  262. anne cranford

    December 29th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I love the grapevine lighted garden balls! i was wondering if an LED battery operated light might work? I would love to do these without having to use cords or electricity. Would you be able to insert them after the ball is fiished?

    Thanks….Anne

  263. Lynne Knowlton

    December 30th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I think that would work Anne !

    The only problem that I find with the battery operated lights is that they don’t last very long. It can get expensive with batteries.

    Another cool idea could be a solar version. Hmmm.

    Either way, the lights wrap around the ball, so you can definitely add lights after you are finished.

    If you don’t make the ball super dense with grapevine, you can also reach in a bit and place mini lights here and there.

    hope that helps!
    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  264. Melissa

    January 13th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    you could call them orbs!

  265. Lynne Knowlton

    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:06 am

    How about orb balls Melissa ? Jokes. Jokes. xx

    *snicker*

  266. Cathy

    February 2nd, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I love you. and your ideas .. bear hug

  267. Lynne Knowlton

    February 3rd, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Why thank ya Cathy ! A bear hug right back ‘atcha xx

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  269. Toni

    February 7th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    First time viewing of your site. Love love love it !!!!!

  270. Lynne Knowlton

    February 9th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Hello Toni !

    Thank you thank you thank you. You are so sweet to say so. Much appreciated !

    Lynne xx

  271. Diana

    February 7th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Love them, I have some smaller ones but I like these much better. I call mine grapevine fairy globes lol it appeals to the kids! thanks for the tutorial !

  272. Lynne Knowlton

    February 9th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    You are most welcome Diana 🙂 xx

  273. sandra Watters

    February 8th, 2014 at 7:35 am

    These would look lovely made of willow too or honeysuckle with solar fairy light’s , great idea. 🙂

  274. Lynne Knowlton

    February 9th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Hey Sandra

    I think if they were made of willow or honeysuckle they would be absolutely gorgy gorgeous ! Great idea !

    Lynne xx

  275. Mary Chandler

    February 8th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    How ’bout Grapevine Globes?

  276. Lynne Knowlton

    February 9th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    That sounds pretty Mary ! Thanks !

    Lynne xx

  277. Lee J

    February 8th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Goodness…….gracious,,,,,,,,,great balls of FIRE!

  278. Lynne Knowlton

    February 9th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Ha ! Good one Lee !! Now I have that song stuck in my head… and it’s not so bad 🙂

  279. kim Armstrong

    February 16th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hi there! I love your creativity. The grapevine light balls are very cool. I love how you have all this right outside your door makes for endless crafty fun. Since I don’t have these items I’ve checked Michaels craft store…nothing. do you sell these if so I want 6 🙂

  280. Lynne Knowlton

    March 14th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Kim

    Does the Michael’s store near you have grapevine wreaths? If so, you can take them apart and make these balls with them. It works like a charm !
    Cheers!
    Lynne

  281. Carol Emory

    February 23rd, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Balls= spheres, lanterns, lumens,

  282. Lynne Knowlton

    March 14th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Very creative ! Thanks Carol !

    Lynne 🙂

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  285. Julia

    March 2nd, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Magnifico !

    “Lighting balls” sound just perfect hehe 🙂

  286. ann. moore

    March 14th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Love your ball shape lights.Would love to see how you made the christmas tree

  287. Lynne Knowlton

    March 14th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Ann

    The Christmas tree is made from a wire cylinder (sort of like a huge tomato cage), and we wrapped the grapevine around it.

    We’ve made smaller ones, by using tomato cages. They work perfectly !

    Cheers!
    Lynne

  288. deborah LIPCHEY

    March 15th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Loved reading your comments and thanks for the directions on making my own balls. Hey, how about “Grapevine Orbs” or “Wire Orbs” ? Just thought I would pass that on to you for an idea “ORBS”

  289. Lynne Knowlton

    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I’m luvin’ the ORBS idea Deborah, but how are we going to snicker about BALLS if I do that ? teehee xx

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    March 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    DIY Grapevine Lighting Balls…What a BRIGHT idea !! http://t.co/oUbKpzQN48

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    March 17th, 2014 at 10:04 am

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  294. Laura Lentz

    March 24th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Lynne, you are hih-lare!! Thank you for inspiring a giggle and happiness within me. I love your balls and am contemplating having a go at my own. I have grapevines, but they’re all dried out, since I just pruned them and it’s March here in Portland, OR. I definitely missed the easier route but I think I’m going to try soaking them and then winding them around the beach balls!? I actually left them out on my street with a “free” sign and after two days no one has taken them. I thought for sure some crafty little someone would have been stoked but alas, no. So, I have no choice but to try the balls, because, if anything, they’re super pretty! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! Me likey your style ladeeee! 🙂 Laura

  295. Lynne Knowlton

    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Erhmergerd Laura,

    Did you just say you loved my BALLS?

    *Snicker*

    PS. Did you soak your grapevine in water? I hope so, because that WORKS too ! Woot woot !

    You can also wrap the grapevine around tomato cages and make make little mini grapevine trees. I stick those in urns around my place too.

    It works like a charm.

    I likey your style toooo ladeeee. 🙂 xx

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  297. Sal

    April 2nd, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Hahaha Lynne……………you crazy!!! and I just love your balls!!
    D’vine-craze-balls 🙂

  298. Lynne Knowlton

    April 3rd, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hi Sal 🙂

    This is the best day evvvah. You are the second person to say they like my BALLS 🙂 and I don’t even have any.

    teehee.

    xx

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  301. Rose Pekera

    April 14th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    How about sphere instead of ball?

  302. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Good one Rose,

    But then we can’t laugh at BALLS again 🙂 Uhhhoooo, I said it again.

    Lynne xx

  303. Sue

    April 14th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Light Orbs…. instead of balls

  304. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    How about bright light orb balls? Jokes. Jokes. I think I might be laughing at balls again. 🙂 My bad, Sue.

    Jolly laughs,

    Lynne xx 🙂

  305. Christina OBrien

    April 14th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Lynne love your projects. Why don’t you call them Grapevine Lighting Orbs. Better than balls.

  306. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    But then I couldn’t snicker at balls, Christina. Okay, okay, I might be 4 years old again. I have to stop all this BALL talk. Balls aside, they are GORGEOUS for outdoor lighting. I can’t wait for summer again and stare at the ORBS 🙂 all night long.

    xx

  307. Diane Roth

    April 14th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Love this project and your colorful and descriptive directions. I am going to try this…currently working on DIY fountain and burning bowl in oriental theme. Keep up the great ideas!

  308. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Wowsers Diane,

    A fountain ? Sounds pretty! What’s a burning bowl? I’m totally curious now. The only burning that happens around here is in the wood stove but I’ve certainly almost set some bowls on fire 🙂

    Lynne xx

  309. Jan S

    April 15th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    These are very fun looking – wish I had a tree tall enough to hold it – I have a big, new house on the prairie (not unlike “The Little House on the Prairie” – but we have no large trees yet. They’re growing – I have one 3 foot tall, and a very spindly that’s about 10 feet tall. Some day . . .

    But, I love your writing, it was a joy to read your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  310. Lynne Knowlton

    April 15th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Ahhh Jan ~

    Thanks for the little house on the prairie reminder ! That was a trip down memory lane. Didn’t you just love watching that show after school ? Epic childhood memory 🙂

    PS. you can make these BALLS and sit them in your garden too 🙂 It works like a charm.

    Thanks for the bloggy compliment!

    Lynne xx

  311. Weatherly Cronan

    April 24th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Maybe spheres instead of balls, but thanks, I was laughing out loud right along with you!
    F-u-n.

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  313. Carole Walker

    May 8th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Name for your “balls”. (he he) How about “orbs” or “planets” . These are great!

  314. Lynne Knowlton

    May 9th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Uh hooo ohhhh Carole, you had me thinking about BALLS again. Danger play 🙂

    Lynne xx

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  316. Roseanna

    May 22nd, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    beautiful balls. and wine too. love the french. I am going to do this grapevine ball project, loved your post, thanks

  317. Lynne Knowlton

    June 15th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    You are most welcome Roseanna 🙂

    Did you make the grapevine balls? We just created more this month for a wedding, and had fun all over again.

    Woot woot!
    Lynne

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  319. sandi

    June 6th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    you could call them globes but it isnt as much fun!

  320. Lynne Knowlton

    June 15th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    True dat Sandi

    True dat. Good point!

    Lynne xx

  321. Georgie Kemshal-Bell

    June 15th, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I love your website- very helpful. By the way… You are so funny. I love your crazy humour throughout the post.

    Thanks!

  322. Lynne Knowlton

    June 15th, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Why thank ya Georgie !

    Mwah !! <-- yup, that was a big wet smooch. Lynne xx

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  324. sheri

    June 18th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Great idea and fun project! I can’t wait to get started. Your instructions were cracking me up! Thank you for the much needed laughter in my otherwise stressful day!

  325. Lynne Knowlton

    June 18th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I hear ya sista’

    We all need a little crack me up after some days, don’t we?

    Just remember… sit back… sip your wine.. admire your balls 🙂

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  328. Chrissy

    June 20th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Use latern instead of balls 😉

  329. Sally

    June 25th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Maybe you could call them Fairy Balls? Snort. Because Fairy Testicles would sound too pretentious..

    Ps… That would be a really big fairy..

  330. Lynne Knowlton

    June 26th, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Sally !!!

    I just about snorted my coffee up my nose laughing. LEGIT. Laugh out loud. Laughing…

    Still laughing…

    “that would be a really big fairy”

    Uhmmm.. still laughing.

    Thanks for that!! xx

  331. Tona Wyatt

    June 25th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Hey, I love all of your ideas. They are really fun and a easy way
    to make entertaining more affordable. As for the ball word how using the word sphere.

    Thanks,
    Tona Wyatt

  332. Leanne

    June 29th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    What about the word “sphere” ?

  333. Leanne

    June 29th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Oops didn’t see the other comments before submitting mine…my bad

  334. Lynne Knowlton

    June 30th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Ahhhh, no worries Leanne

    I love hearing all the ideas… words… and great input…

    Thanks!!

    Lynne xx

  335. Peggy

    August 13th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I’m thinking glow spheres. But honestly, lighted balls is growing on me 🙂

  336. Kimberlee

    August 13th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Although the grapevine balls name is catchy (cute) made me laugh what about “grapevine tumble we ed”? It made me think of that when I seen it? I love this though! Awesome!!

  337. George Kelly

    August 18th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Lynne

    You are hysterical! The more I read, the more you and Michael inspire!! In fact, I’ve decided your next goal; you both need to host a chat show!!!

    I am serious so albeit we don’t get much Canadian TV over here I just know it would be a natural extension to your joint abilities and you clearly have family charisma!! You and your family strike me as naturals!
    Anyway, you go girl and ………….how about “twinkly balls”………haha that is sooo crass I find it funny!!

  338. Lynne Knowlton

    August 22nd, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I just laughed out loud George. Laughed-Out-LOUD! Twinkly balls.

    Hosting a chat show… don’t make me laugh out loud again. I would LOVE to do that from the treehouse, but the snow may give me a hard time (soon). Now… if I was living in a beach hut by the ocean.. no problem 🙂

  339. George Kelly

    August 18th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I also “fairy balls” as per Sally’s comment……”..haha…….incredible!!

  340. Nancy Saam

    August 19th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Wish you lived near Philadelphia! I need them to do a wedding in October and really would prefer to purchase them!

    As and aside, I call them grapevine “spheres” ! I dropped the ball a while ago!

    Thanks, Nancy

  341. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I wish I lived near Philadelphia too Nancy! It is such a beautiful city. I have a friend here who makes the Grapevine spheres 🙂 but I think the trick would be to get them across the border :(, otherwise we could probably sell some to you. Drats, huh?

    Lynne xx

  342. Dodie Veres

    August 21st, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Hi lLynn,
    I tried doing the Grape Vine B— earlier in the summer. Problem was, I first saw them in a nursary and as always I said “Oh I can do that.” I just didn’t bother to find out what type of vine they used.. I used honeysuckle vine and it was too tough and unbendable.
    When I saw your blog I was thrilled (I thrill easily) Anyway, went out and pulled up lots of Grape Vine and got started. I am now a certified Grape Vine Ball Maker but wanted to suggest that we call them Grape Vine Luminaries. What do you think? Anyway I am now a happy follower and am in love with your site.

  343. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I just laughed out loud at the ‘I THRILL EASILY’ part of your message Dodie. hahaha. So honeysuckle is tough and unbendable? Drats. I always wondered about whether or not HoneySuckle would work. I wonder if it would work better if it was soaked in water/in the bathtub? Wait. That is already sounding like a hot mess. Never mind. LOL.

    Happy grapevining 🙂

    Lynne xx

  344. Dodie Veres

    August 21st, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Oh just one more thing I forgot. I used those thingies that are in walk way lights that are powered by the sun. I lay them in the bottom and it’s not as sparkilie but it works where there is no outlet available. Where possible I use the fairy lights .
    Thanks again
    Dodie

  345. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Brills. Brills Dodie. Such a smart idea where there is no outlets.

    Lynne xx

  346. julie

    August 23rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    i would think o f these as “air” balls. i love the look of them. they are suspended in the air and dont come alive till they are lit up in color of lights that are suspended in the air. everything about them says “AIRBALLs”

  347. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:30 am

    True ‘dat Julie

    They are so airy. So unusual since balls aren’t usually airy. haha.

    Lynne xx

  348. Darlene

    August 23rd, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    How about — Illuminated grapevine Orbs…………

  349. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Or illuminated grapevine balls. LOL. Okay, I’m going to stop it now. hahaha. My bad.

    Lynne xx 🙂

  350. Joelyene

    August 23rd, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    How about “lighted grapevine spheres”
    Spherical grapevine lights/lighting.

    Bottom line thought, balls is an amusing word.

  351. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:07 am

    You are ballsy. You have a good point Joelyene 🙂 tee hee

    Lynne xx

  352. Pam

    August 23rd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    You are a hoot ! Love your personality..we should be friends!
    Check out MY website..

  353. Sandi

    August 24th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I think Fairy Balls…… or even…………tada………..Fairy Lights would be an excellent name for them. I’m jest sayin’

  354. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:03 am

    hahaha good one Sandi, ‘I’m jest sayin’ … I just had a vision of a Fairy with big lit up balls. Oh my. haha.

  355. Cathy W

    July 28th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    OH my! I had a fleeting vision of an over sized fairy with lighted balls. Sigh,, you are rubbing off on me! (Good Grief!)
    (Chuckling at all the ball humor!!!)

  356. Sue

    August 24th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Idea fir name…Grapevine Fairy Spheres

  357. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:02 am

    My kids would love that name, Sue. Fairy Spheres. My friends might like it too, if I stopped wandering around and talking about balls 🙂

    Lynne xx

  358. Terrie

    August 24th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    ORBS!!! Orbs is a great way to describe the grapevine balls.

    I have claret vine that I can use, crooked willow branches might work too.

  359. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Oh Terrie, I bet the crooked willow branches would look ahhhhhhmazing. Let me know if they work. I’d love to see a photo!

    Lynne xx

  360. Kathy

    August 24th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Lynne
    I love them, gonna try some myself. IThey remind me of night globes
    Kathy,

  361. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 9:00 am

    They do look like glowing night globes Kathy. Or glowing balls. 🙂

    Lynne xx

  362. Diana

    August 24th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Love this. I’m on a mission for vines now>

  363. susan

    August 27th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    How about grapevine light spheres?

  364. Lynne Knowlton

    August 31st, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Yeah!!

    Light spheres. Forget-ta-bout the balls 🙂

    Lynne xx

  365. Tamara

    September 3rd, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I have laughed all the way your blog about the lighted grapevine balls. How funny! I hope I get a chance to make these. They are so neat!

  366. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Tamara!

    Did you get a chance to make them? My balls want to meet your balls.

    Lynne 🙂

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  368. Fiona Rowe

    September 8th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    They look amazing. I would call them “firefly nests”.
    Fiona

  369. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Good one Fiona !!

    I’m a lover of fireflies and hater of fruit flies. This could be perfect 🙂

    Lynne xx

  370. Stacey Simpson

    September 12th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    How about grapevine globes, I love them anyway!

  371. Lynne Knowlton

    September 14th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi Stacey,

    Faboosh name. I’m stoked to get a few more lit up this week with the fall changing colours. They will look great in the trees.

    Have a great one!
    Lynne

  372. Elissa

    September 15th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Lynn, I fell in love with these the minute I saw them and knew I just had to have them in my life! My friends and I made 20 of them to hang from the ceiling at our upcoming outdoor rustic wedding! We used zip ties in stead of wire. Soo easy! Thank you for the idea. I am so grateful!

  373. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Brills idea Elissa!!

    I’m stealing that idea 🙂

    Lynne xx

  374. Rebekah

    September 19th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    These are amazing! Can I ask how much they cost for you to make? I need about 30 of these for my sister’s wedding. Also, where do you get grapevine if you don’t have it growing anywhere on your property?

  375. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Rebekah,

    Do you have any countryside near you? There really is a ton of it along fence rows… usually winding up trees and wrapping around fences.

    You could probably use any kind of sturdy vine. Another option is to buy wreaths, open them, and turn them into balls using the same instructions in the blog post.

    Cost. Hmmm. Not sure. The grapevine is free, the wire is quite inexpensive but it can be time consuming until you get on a roll with making them.

    Cheers
    Lynne

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  377. Amy Schiffner

    October 6th, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Lynne, your post is just what I was looking for! As I kept reading, I realized you were Canadian, I thought, Go figure, so many cool bloggers are Canadian. Then I came to the Saugeen Country Yogourt container and I couldn’t believe it! I grew up in Durham, ON where we DID have gobs of wild grapevine (and recycle our yogourt containers). In fact, we used to go for a walk on Thanksgiving and make wreaths. But now I live in Montana and need some grapevine, so wish me luck, or I will just use wire:) By the way, Happy Thanksgiving!

  378. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Amy!!!

    Holy batman, how cool is THAT?!! Durham?!!! That gives me goosebumps.

    Yes, we LOVE the Saugeen Country yogurt too. Love. Love. Love.

    We live just north of Durham on the way to Welbeck on Concession 2 WGR.

    Just fly home from Montana and come steal some from my backyard. I’ll share with sugar bear.

    Smooch!
    Lynne

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  380. Jan Vester

    October 8th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thanks so much for the fun read while I was trying to learn how to make these balls. I have tons of grapevine on 60+ acres of what was once farmland and now can enjoy being creative with it. Can’t wait to try and make your tree as well.

  381. Lynne Knowlton

    October 9th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Let me know how it goes Jan! You will be shocked at how gorgy gorgeous they are at night. Truly. Stunners!

    Lynne xx

  382. Kenda tePlate

    October 9th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I love your umm… uh….um..light up circly roundish grapevine thingys.
    I live in the country and at the moment cannot see out my kitchen window ’cause of the grapevine. Hubby threatnd all summer to cut it down..but I used my womanly ways and talked him out of being all Jack and the bean stalk so now let the fun begin..thanks for your pointers I hope I can find some beach balls tucked in the corner of some dollar store ..I too am Canadian…falls here and winters on its way. I should have read your blog sooner beach balls the clerks will think im nuts..no just Canadian 🙂

  383. Tee

    October 11th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Love your blog and balls!

  384. karen

    October 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I vote for “Twinkle Balls”…………….
    Ha! Ha! 🙂

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  386. Carol Ann

    October 25th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    You are hysterical! Love the humor and your balls.
    Not sure if this is correct French: boule de vigne

  387. Robbie Matz

    November 2nd, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    How ’bout you name them balls opalescent orbs.

    I like the lit balls (sorry, i said it) and I might try to do some. We have a Shumard Oak that we decorate each year. It starts with about 12,000 clear lights on the trunk, etc. and then we add the jewelry…

    I was researching custom lights when I came across yours. I want to do a custom lit tree skirt for the tree. Merry Christmas!

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  389. Lindsay Howard

    November 4th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Lynne!

    I am looking to purchase MANY of these “balls” of different sizes for my outdoor wedding. Any suggestions on where I might find someone to buy several of them from and/or someone that makes them?

    Thanks for your help!

    Lindsay

  390. Catherine

    November 13th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    If you don’t like balls. How about calling them grapevine orbs. They are beautiful. Happy vining.
    Catherine

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  392. Dave

    November 16th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you! Nice directions and totally fun to read. I can’t wait to do this project with some lights. Cheers – dave.

  393. Gail

    November 17th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    How about ” glowing spheres”

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    November 26th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Your sense of humor is fantastic!

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  399. Anthony

    December 6th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I make similar balls like the grapevine ball but I just use plastics cups and named it infinity lite ball. Can email you a picture to what email address?

  400. Lynne Knowlton

    December 11th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Anthony,

    Sure, that would be great if you could send me a photo. My email addy is Lynne@LynneKnowlton.com or you can share it on my Facebook page too at http://www.facebook.com/designthelifeyouwanttolive

    Cheers!
    Lynne

  401. Judy

    December 10th, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Lynne: Just read the tutorial on grapevine lit balls (snicker). Funny stuff! if you don’t want to call them balls (snicker) anymore, how about “globes”. Sounds so sophisticated too!

    Judy

  402. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    That’s über sophisticated Judy! THANKS!

    Does this mean that I am officially polite now? Wooooohooooooo.

    Thanks for your beautiful comment.

    Cheers!!
    Lynne xx

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  404. Kathy

    January 16th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Truth: I have seen Lynne Knowlton’s balls in person. they are big and beautiful. Make them your own!

  405. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Hahahahhhahahahahaha ROFL Kathy!!

    You have actually seen my big balls. Now everyone knows that my big balls are for real 🙂

    Miss you girl!!

    xoxox

  406. Joleen Haynes-Mack

    January 21st, 2015 at 3:53 am

    love your grape and wire balls!! Thanks for sharing this fun loving DIY. Your quite the lady to put on such a super little project for us and have a good time doing it at the same time!! <3 it

  407. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks Joleen,

    Here’s a big fat smooch for you!! MWAH!!

    Lynne xx

  408. Jean Harrell

    January 23rd, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I already have a grapevine ball I was going to tie mistletoe to at Christmas. Now I will put the lights on it.

    Thanks for this idea.
    Jean

  409. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    You are most welcome, Jean !

    It’s great to use them year-round too.

    I bet they will look gorgeous with your mini lights!

    Cheers!
    Lynne

  410. Connie

    January 23rd, 2015 at 10:41 am

    You could use Kudzu, too. I’ve used it for many DIY projects that called for grapevine.

  411. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    That sounds awesome and funky Connie. Does it grow all over the place too?

    I love hearing alternatives to grapevine.

    Thanks a million!
    Lynne xx

  412. Sonja Stover Bracey

    January 23rd, 2015 at 11:01 am

    i love your tutorial, and I suppose my label for this will be DIY Garden Spheres. . Lol. Keeps my mind where it is safe. Lol

  413. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Oh I just laughed out loud with that one Sonja !

    ….keeps my mind where it is safe …

    hahahaha.

    Lynne xx

  414. Sonja

    January 23rd, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    lynne, I enjoyed your comments during the toturioris why I decided to comment. I love your humor and if we lived close, I would have to hunt you up for a visit at your barn. I have a wild muskedine vine that Grows on a fence in my back yard. A few years ago, I picked enough berries for a making of jelly. The vines grow wild around here and make great decor for lots of fun things. We live in northeast Louisiana. .

  415. Lynne Knowlton

    January 24th, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Wait.A.Sec Sonja!

    We could hunt for berries, *imagining face covered in berries*, find awesome vines for the grapevine balls, hang out at a barn and have a laugh…. all.at.once?

    My bags are packed. 🙂 I’m moving to Louisiana.

    I wish. I wish. I wish. * Clicks my heels like Dorothy*

    xo

  416. Connie

    January 23rd, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    As far as I know, it started growing in the Southeast. When I lived in North Carolina, it was definitely established there. I’m in the north central part of Arkansas now & we have it, too.

    I’m not positive, but I don’t believe it grows where it gets prolonged cold. You could Google it, I suppose to see if it grows where you live. It’s really easy to work with when it’s cut fresh.

  417. Lynne Knowlton

    January 23rd, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I think I should move south and be your neighbour, Connie.

    That would be easier 🙂

    Snow. Schmo.

    xoxox

  418. Connie

    January 24th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Well, just come on! My youngun’s are moving soon & we’ll be going from a household of 6 down to 2!

    I’m not TOO concerned about empty nest syndrome, but I KNOW it’s going to be an adjustment and QUIET! I think that will be the hardest part for me is all the quiet!!

  419. Jean Hanson

    January 24th, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Spheres is better than balls..

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  421. jeanie trujillo

    February 28th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    thanks for the add……..in my 70s so don’t do much…….just easy stuff. love the balls! recently transferred to Texas Panhandle,,,,,,,lots of snow so don’t know about grapevines. currently “working” on a cloud light. saw one on internet for $3000 ! ! !……not even if I won the lottery! so far, I have less than $10.00 (ten) invested….:)

  422. Lynne Knowlton

    March 23rd, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    You go girl!

    I’d love to see your cloud light! It sounds beautiful ! Will you share a photo of it on my Facebook page?

    Here’s it is Design The Life You Want To Live Facebook page.

    Keep up the awesome creativeness :)))

    Lynne

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  424. Jessica

    March 12th, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Hi Lynne,

    My friend and I are doing wedding decor and flowers for a friends wedding come July. We loved your “balls”! (lol) We are wondering how many feet of grapevine per sphere (12in in size or less) we’ll need? I have found a website that we can buy 100ft of it for a fairly reasonable price. We are thinking maybe 15 of them for lighting over a dance floor in a barn. Thank you for your help!
    Jessica

  425. Lynne Knowlton

    March 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Gosh, that’s so cool that you found a website that sells it by the 100ft length. Do you mind sharing the link here on my blog? Other readers may just love that.

    I may be of no help to you. LOL. I just grab a bunch of grapevine from my trees and fields, and start wrapping. I have never measured it.

    It does take about 2 glasses of wine per ball tho 🙂

    You can make the balls all different thicknesses *snicker* by using varying amounts of grapevine. I wish I could be more help.

    Happy balling. Oh. My. Stop it Lynne.

    Happy making of the grapevine balls

    Lynne 🙂

  426. Lumare Nel

    March 16th, 2015 at 2:10 am

    good morning

    i am getting married on the 18 of April 2015, i am looking for these branch balls, i want to use it on my tables and don’t get it anywhere!
    would it be possible if i can buy 30 balls? Please let me know! Have a lovely day

  427. Lynne Knowlton

    March 23rd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hello Lumare

    Because I am in Canada, I unfortunately wouldn’t be able to ship the grapevine balls to you, anywhere other than Canada.

    Shipping across the border could be a tricky thing. I can double check it for you though.

    Where are you located? Maybe I have some blog readers who are in your area, may read this post and be interested in making them for you.

    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

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  430. Denise Herich

    March 22nd, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks so much! These were awesome instructions, and I so enjoyed the way you joke in your writing. I plan to make these for my fall wedding to hang from an oak tree in the creek of our backyard. So excited. Will try some Napa vineyards this month as they prune back the vines. Thanks again.

  431. Lynne Knowlton

    March 23rd, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Denise!

    That sounds like a lovely idea!! So pretty, in fact… you must share your photos with me with your wedding backdrop. You must. Must. Must.

    The grapevine balls will be so gorgy gorgeous!!!

    Happy wedding, happy gorgeousness!

    Lynne xx

  432. Beverly

    March 25th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    About the ballS how about grapevine cylinders or lighted grapevine cylinders or ornamental grapevine cylinders

  433. Mark Ollison

    March 27th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Very cool project, I am going to ask my wife if she wants to try this at our next barn fire party. thanks mark

  434. Lynne Knowlton

    April 12th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I’m hoping that you mean bonfire party and not barn fire. LOL.

    The grapevine lights look so pretty at night. I bet it will be gorgy gorgeous!

    Lynne

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  436. Deanna French

    April 10th, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I love this and am going to make it for my outside sitting area. My issue or question is…How do you get the cords from each individual string of lights on each “ball” to reach the extention cord? Is it one extention cord that they all meet up to? This part always throws me.

    thanks

  437. Lynne Knowlton

    April 12th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Deanna

    I have actually done it both ways. Depending on how tall the tree is, sometimes I need the extension cord to reach up higher in the tree. For smaller trees, I’m able to connect a few cords into one extension cord at one central spot.

    Hope that helps!
    Lynne xx

  438. Kitty

    April 14th, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Thanks so much for the tutorial, these ” Lighted Vino Orbs” are just what my 100 yr old Fairy Fantasy Oak Tree was missing. I have been struggling with lighting for 2 seasons now and I think these just may be the solution.. Thanks again for the great Idea.

  439. Lynne Knowlton

    April 24th, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    You are going to love the grapevine lights in your old oak tree, Kitty!

    By the way, the oak tree sounds BEAUTIFUL!

    The fab thing about the grapevine balls is that they really do look so GORGEOUS at night, and they even look nice in the day!

    Happy lighting!
    Lynne 🙂

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  441. Rebecca Chown

    April 22nd, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Hi! I love the balls…All sizes! I understand how you wrap the beach ball with the grape vine, but I don’t understand how you wire it in place. Could you provide a bit more detail please? Thank you a ton in advance!

    Becky

  442. Lynne Knowlton

    April 24th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Becky,

    As you wrap the grapevine around the beach ball, use the thin wire to ‘tie’ the grapevine together. It is like a criss cross effect. As one grapevine crosses over the other, tie it with the wire so it doesn’t unravel. I use quite a bit of wire as I go, just to make it super strong and hold it tight.

    All those little ties/knots along the way keep the whole ball together.

    Hope that helps!
    Lynne

  443. refresheddes

    April 23rd, 2015 at 2:55 pm

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  444. lynneknowlton

    April 23rd, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    RT @refresheddes: Genius! RT @lynneknowlton: DIY Grapevine Lighting Balls…What a BRIGHT idea !! http://t.co/8HNu8mCAU4

  445. Linda

    April 24th, 2015 at 10:29 am

    How about this…………..funky twinkling orbs or spheres??
    Just an idea !

  446. Lynne Knowlton

    April 24th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Love it! Thanks Linda!

    I hope you make some, they are soooooo pretty when they are done 🙂

    Cheers!
    Lynne xx

  447. Rebecca Bird

    April 28th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I have given your ‘balls dilemma’ some thought, and would suggest fairy orbs, speres or globes 🙂

  448. Hazel

    April 29th, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    As you love wine I would say go with : vino globes : Or spheres : or any other round object…. balle perdue = confused / crazy ball… french 😉
    Great tutorial and can’t wait to make a few!

  449. Colleen Travis

    April 29th, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Ah, come on,. These are fairy night lights.. I love them.!!!! Will be making some so my sea serpent can wander around the back yard near the pool at night. Thanks

  450. Elaine in London

    June 1st, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hahahahahaha at ‘baby’s belly button ..’ and balls … it’s a word which can never be used too many times (like its counterpart bo**£cks). Raising things to a more polite level, I’m going to throw in Gorgeous Grapevine Globes to the melting pot, you have many comments, so I don’t know if these have already been suggested… In my part of the world globes are slang for voluptuous boobies, so I am not sure it is such a departure from Balls on the snigger front. I subscribed yesterday, am loving your sense of humour, appreciation of wine and creative eye Xx

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  453. Kimberly

    June 22nd, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Thank you of sharing this! I have tons of runaway grapevines in my yard (neighbor thought it would be nice to plant them on the fence but never tends to them) this would be a great project to trim them down.
    Kimberly

  454. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Ohhh you too, Kimberly? This is a PERFECT DIY for them! You could literally make them to hang in trees or just make the grapevine balls and leave them on the ground in the garden. They are so pretty when they are lit up at night! You’ll love them! Lynne xx

  455. nicole

    June 22nd, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hello Lynne,

    Your grapevine balls are stunning! My friend is having a barn wedding and would love to purchase some. Can you contact me via email if you sell within Canada and are interested?

    Thanks,

    Nicole

  456. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    As much as I would love to create more grapevine balls, shipping them could be cray-cray because they are so big. Where are you located? I’m 2 hrs NW of Toronto near a sleepy town called Durham. I wish you were my neighbour 🙂 OR maybe you are! If so, I’ll be right over. Look for the gal holding balls 🙂 Lynne xx

  457. nicole

    June 22nd, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Lynne,

    My girlfriend Crystal (the bride!) will be in Mount Forest at the Fireworks Festival in July. She wants to know if she can arrange to meet you.
    Believe it or not, she is actually from Durham!

    Hope to talk soon,

    Nicole

  458. Lynne Knowlton

    June 23rd, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Holy batman Nicole,

    What is the chance of THAT?! Miraculous. LOL. Most people have never even heard of the town of Durham. If you blink, you miss it 🙂

    Sure, July could work. She can email me at Lynne {AT} Lynneknowlton.com and we can chitty chatty and talk wacky. 🙂

    Lynne xx

  459. lynneknowlton

    June 28th, 2015 at 5:00 am

    DIY Grapevine Lighting Balls…What a BRIGHT idea! http://t.co/TKQVR6NsWW

  460. A. Marlene

    June 29th, 2015 at 9:05 am

    lynne,
    You are a kick in the pants! I will forever have a different view of balls I can’t say the word anymore without snickering myself!
    I think I may refer to the balls as sphere or orbs. Whew, much better!
    Anyway I Love this idea! It’s so Wow! I can’t wait to make my own spheres thanks for this I enjoyed this tutorial is was definitely a refreshing read.

  461. Dawn M

    June 29th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    These look great & easy to make. I’ll be out buying the supplies today so I’ll have them done and hung for the 4th of July picnic!!
    As for the name… how about grapevine orbs? Just an idea. = )

  462. Kay T Ford

    July 3rd, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    That’s just what I was going to say— ORBS!

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  466. Cateline

    July 14th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I love this idea…but another name could be Grapevine Globes….:)

    Thank you for all of these great DIY ideas..LOVE IT!!!

  467. Lynne Knowlton

    July 22nd, 2015 at 7:08 am

    You are most welcome Cateline 🙂 !

    Lynne xx

  468. Colleen Smith

    July 15th, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Very cool balls! And I like your rock table as well. Love your sense of humour. ..

  469. Lynne Knowlton

    July 22nd, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Thanks Colleen !!

    SMOOCH!!!

    Lynne xx

  470. Beverly Crittenden

    July 21st, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your how-to-do post on grape vine spheres! I am going to make this my next project. I happened to have wild grapevines growing along side of my garage that needs cutting down. Loved the humor, Will be looking forward to your feed!

  471. Lynne Knowlton

    July 22nd, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Hi Beverly !

    Lucky dawg! It is so fab to have an abundance of grapevine. You can make balls, teehee, grapevine trees (large cone size) and you can even turn tomato cages upside down and make little grapevine trees.

    Woooot!
    Lynne xx

  472. Linda Hubler

    July 25th, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    How about calling them grapevine globes?

  473. Lynne Knowlton

    August 15th, 2015 at 7:34 am

    That would probably make my Mother happy too, if I stopped saying balls. I may be 50 but I still haven’t hit that maturity level. 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Lynne 🙂 xx

  474. Terry

    July 28th, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the Balls tutorial (smirk)! I love it!!!! You could call them Orbits. But no mater what you call them they are still Balls (LOL) thanks!!!!!!

  475. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Very coolio Terry! Good point tho. At the end of the day… we are looking at balls. teehee.

    Lynne xx

  476. Liz

    August 13th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Love these! Balls work but you could say orbs… :0)

  477. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Oh yes I could, Liz.. but balls just make me laugh harder.

    Joking. Not joking 🙂

    Lynne xx

  478. Civil Interior Design

    August 18th, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Wow, very wonderful globe design.

  479. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Thanks so much! It’s a pretty fun project!

    Lynne

  480. Civil Interior Design

    August 18th, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Very cool ball design. I would try to make it self.

  481. Debra

    August 21st, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    YOur website was just about the funniest ever!!!! the grapevine luminescents are beautiful 🙂 I was looking for ideas for my own gravevine project and came across yours. i love gardens and lights…and wine..thank you so much for the laughs and great new project!!! debra

  482. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Ahhhh shucks,

    Thanks Debra! I’m so happy you found me. Heck, wine… what a great anti-oxidant… and I like to fight cancer sometimes. hahaha.

    Big love!
    Lynne xx

  483. Debra

    November 16th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Haha! You are awesome!

  484. Andrew

    August 24th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I somehow managed the grapevine ball deed without gloves. Mangled hands.

    Am putting polyester fibrefill inside my grapevine balls (as a light diffuser) and putting animated RGB LED’s inside that. You can do a youtube search for Neopixels for some examples.

  485. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Oh Andrew, you brave thaaaaaaang.

    What a coolio idea to use polyester fibrefill inside! I bet that looks gorgy gorgeous for grapevine lighting!

    Lynne xx

  486. Marvin

    September 6th, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Grapevine balls. .. you can use string and a balloon. Simply blow up a balloon
    Take string and Elmers glue. Squeeze glue out on a paper plate. Take string and put it in glue and coat string
    Now wrap string around balloon and let dry
    Next day pop balloon and wrap you lights around hardened string ball.

  487. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Tee hee Marvin,

    Made you say BALLS again 🙂

    PS. that idea sounds amazeBALLS !

    Lynne xx

  488. Lisa B.

    December 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I bet twine or jute would work great as well!

  489. Marvin

    September 6th, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Love your site. Love your wit and the way you handled the balls 😉 Try glue and string around balloon. Wrap glue covered string around balloon and let dry. When hard, pop balloon and walla string ball

  490. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Haha Marvin… the way I handle the balls. You crack me up!! Lynne xx

  491. Maria Adams

    September 9th, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Love your blog , I live in London UK. How about “Wire Spheres” or “Sparkling Spheres”

  492. Lynne Knowlton

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:23 am

    oh la la Maria…

    I love the sparking spheres… they look just like that at night.

    Fab idea!!!

    Big love from Canada to the UK ! <-- one of my fave places on earth. Cheers! Lynne xx

  493. Maria Adams

    September 10th, 2015 at 4:02 am

    thanks Lynn, btw I love your site and your humour too, found your hoop lights pic on Pinterest ( which I am obsessed bY ) and followed the links x

  494. Holly Nowak

    September 13th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Lynne,
    I’m the Arts Education Director for Erie Arts & Culture and I’m starting a fiber program in the community. We’re looking to offer unique workshops and your idea seems to fit the bill. I’m not sure where you’re located but do you ever get to Northwest Pennsylvania for workshops?

    Sincere.y,
    Holly Nowak
    holly@erieartsandculture.org

  495. Lynne Knowlton

    November 8th, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Hi Holly

    I live in Ontario Canada. If I ever get have a road trip to Pennsylvania, I’ll let you know. I’d love to do a US road trip in our airstream someday! That could be fun!

    Cheers!
    Lynne

  496. Leslie McRimmon

    September 28th, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I just loved your blog. You are soho entertaining. Cannot wait to make my balls!!!!!!!Plan to hang outside.

  497. Lynne Knowlton

    November 8th, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for the blog lovin’ Leslie!!

    You rock out loud.

    Big love!
    Lynne xx

  498. Jake

    October 5th, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Very creative project. BTW, I love the “Twinkle Balls”.. LOL

  499. Lynne Knowlton

    November 8th, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Twinkle balls. hahahaha!! I have a new name for the grapevine lighting balls now.

    LOVE!

  500. Robert Taylor

    October 13th, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Instead of using the word “balls” call them “spheres”. Hope this gives you a new option with same point.
    Regards, Bob Taylor, Indiana

  501. Keri

    October 20th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Love this DIY and your blog so much. The balls will look beautiful in the trees that line our driveway this winter! I wish you would’ve added something about making sure some balls hang lower than others, you know, to add to the effect. *giggle*

  502. Lynne Knowlton

    November 8th, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Hahahaha Keri !
    You crack me up!! Good one!

    Lynne xx

  503. Deb

    October 29th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for the brilliant idea. Living on Georgia I wonder about using cudzu

  504. Lou Ann Marks

    November 5th, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Enjoyed your tutorial, here’s an idea: Grapevine Garden Orbs!
    Here is my finished product, with solar lights found on Amazon.

  505. Lou Ann Marks

    November 5th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Sorry, wouldn’t let me insert a picture ?

  506. Jean

    November 7th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Great tutorial Could you Pls. tell us how you connect the lights to the Orbs # BALLS together? You mentioned extension cords ?Are they plugged extension to extention?

  507. Lynne Knowlton

    November 8th, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Hi Jean,
    Each grapevine ball has it’s own extension cord, and then I plug them all in at one spot at the base of the tree.

    Hope that helps!
    Lynne xx

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  509. Debra

    November 16th, 2015 at 9:07 am

    First of all you’re a hoot! Lol…I love these ‘balls’! We do have a grapevine but I’m not sure I’m patient enough to sit and wrap it around a beach ball. Kudos! They are stunners!

  510. Lynne Knowlton

    November 16th, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for the BALL of love Debra! Have a ball.. even if you are just looking and not wrapping 🙂

    Big love!
    Lynne xx

  511. Shereen Salimi

    November 19th, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for the most funniest tutorial of various “ball making” lighted ornaments! A great morning wake up with cup of Jo & lmao
    Great presentation! This is whole lot easier then using an invisible ball!

  512. Rhiannon

    November 21st, 2015 at 11:16 am

    How bout……TWIBALLS…..Pronounced-twib-als. Heheheh! Yes..did it. Lynne, you now have a name for yer balls. Awesome?

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  515. Michelle

    December 9th, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Guess what I did with my balls?
    Not that … gross …
    After I wrapped lights around them, I wired white and red fake poinsettias sporadically around the ball (stems thru random holes towards the center of the ball, keeping the flowers as close to the ball as possible). The lights shine through the flowers and in between the flowers. Its gorgeous!!!

  516. Nyk Kelly

    March 27th, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Would DIE to see a pic of this!
    Oh, and Lynne? Lovely diy piece. Adore the blog, as well. And this FONT!!! Am really digging it!
    Thanks so much for your contribution to the diy world.
    It lit up our lives! ????
    Has anyone experimented with any other “vine” materials? I live in a very rural, lovely, green town. I had to recently take many vines, branches, etc. off both a Rose of Sharon and two Crepe Myrtle.
    I was fiddling with a twinkle lit branch piece of some sort.
    Too many ideas, too few moments of quiet time.

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  518. Lisa B.

    December 23rd, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I absolutely love these! Any tips on which direction to wrap and how often to secure? Like, do you wrap across in one direction and then switch to another and alternate? If there is a video tutorial, it would sure be handy. Thanks!

  519. Lynne Knowlton

    December 24th, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Hi Lisa! A video tutorial is a great idea! I have a few video tutorials on YouTube, but haven’t added the grapevine lighting yet. Brills! I will work on that one in the spring. Thanks for the fab idea! Lynne xx

  520. Lisa B.

    December 23rd, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    P. S. I would call them “spheres “….LOL

  521. Lynne Knowlton

    January 6th, 2016 at 8:54 am

    That would definitely be more politically correct, Lisa. Teehee.

    Spheres are so elegant sounding 🙂 unlike that OTHER word.

    Lynne xx

  522. Elaine

    January 2nd, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I love all your ideas! Actually when I googled this idea I was not sure if I should look for vine spheres or vine globes. I was pretty sure I didn’t want to Google vine balls.

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  526. Susan Layfield Smith

    February 6th, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Thought your tutorial was a hoot!! Just wanted to pass on a helpful hint for those without access to fresh grapevine. If you’re using pre-made wreaths that most likely will be very dry and stiff, give yourself a break and soak the wreaths in a tub of water for several hours before wrapping your “viney balls” (how’s that for a name?) Have done this for other projects, and it works just fine!! They will be flexible and easy to shape……..plus as the vine dries, they’ll slightly contract into a more secure final shape. Vine on!!!

  527. debra lemoine

    March 20th, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    you were looking for a different word than grapevine ball how about grapevine sphere,,,

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  529. Allen Roberts

    May 3rd, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Lighted Grapevine Ornaments?

  530. Bernice

    May 23rd, 2016 at 12:15 am

    What about fairy globes. I love your idea and the easy to follow way to create them

  531. Lynne Knowlton

    May 30th, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Fairy globes is a GREAT NAME, Bernice. Thanks! Lynne xx

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  533. Bobbi

    June 11th, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    How about grapevine spheres? I have been looking for a lage one like 18 or 20in.. not willing or able to pay $200

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  535. Bridget

    June 17th, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Very pretty! How about Orbs? Lighted grapevine orbs. 🙂

  536. Lynne Knowlton

    June 22nd, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Good one Bridget!! I totally forgot about that one! Those balloon moments were pretty awesome childhood moments too.

    Lynne xx

  537. Kathy Driskell

    July 2nd, 2016 at 1:47 am

    There’s your name for them…..”Amazeballs”!!!

  538. Lynne Knowlton

    July 3rd, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    You got it Kathy!! Good one!!!!!!

  539. Sherry

    July 23rd, 2016 at 11:31 pm

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  540. Kitty

    July 30th, 2016 at 3:56 am

    What a great post – a giggle to read, permission to fetch a glass of wine, and something actually productive at the end of it! Thank you.

    If anyone wants to make some smaller balls (I said it! I said it!) for the Christmas tree, try using coloured craft wire and glass beads. Instead of the beach balls, use balloons – kids’ mini ‘water bomb’ balloons from the £/$/€1 store are perfect for the job (tip: don’t give them to your children, and especially not to your partner, it’ll get messy). Just pop them and pull them out once you’ve got the shape.

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  542. Joshua A Everly

    August 12th, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Vitis Spheres 🙂

  543. Patricia Ward

    August 23rd, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    All I can say is that your beautiful blog is no more than a reflection of the beautiful way you are dealing with so much. Thanks for sharing and accept our love.

  544. Bonnie

    September 6th, 2016 at 11:15 am

    How about calling the balls “vine O’s”. Play on words, oh my! Fun none the less.

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  548. Marcie Brooks

    September 24th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    You should call them fairy orbs,they remind me of never land at night from the movie
    HOOK!

  549. Patti Gant

    November 11th, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Delightful read and love your ‘incrediballs’.

  550. Chary lee post

    December 7th, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I love the lingo! It makes it fun to read, keep up the good work! Made a few grapevine balls , they turned out great! Thanks!

  551. Lynne Wells

    January 15th, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Hi lynne,
    I love grapevine anything!! When I saw your name I knew i wanted to read more. My name is Lynne too. With writing it I use the lower case, lynne. I ask my Momma why she put the “e” on Lynne and she said it looked finished with the “e”. My Momma has passed but would be 90 yrs. Growing up I didn’t meet alot of Lynn’s with an “e”. Although I have a friend that spells her Lynne like us and she is actually my age (65) and from Canada. I am sure you are thinking, blah-blah-blah but it was fun for me to find your website and another “lynne”. ✌️️
    lynne Wells

  552. Lynne Knowlton

    January 16th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Lynne!!

    Nice to meet you! Gotta love that name!

    I haven’t met many with an E …. and I dropped the E for years as a kiddo, because everyone called me Lynnie. Now that I’ve grown up (not really :)…. my besties call me Lynnie.

    Embracing the E with lurve!

    Lynne xxo

  553. Jan Hanner Elliott

    February 5th, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I love you balls! 🙂 I want to make several of the wire ones for my daughter’s industrial look wedding. The link takes me to aluminum wire. Aluminum doesn’t rust, right? I want to get them as nasty and rusty as possible (after all, it is a wedding) and have over a year to do this. Is there another type of wire you would recommend?

  554. Lynne Knowlton

    February 5th, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Jan

    Thanks for liking my balls. teehee. I’m such a dork, I didn’t even realize that I linked to the aluminum (and you are right, it won’t rust). I used steel fencing wire that I had kicking around in my barn…..

    If you go to a farm supply store, you may be able to get steel wire. I looked it up on Amazon, and it looks like the steel wire is galvanized, so I’m thinking that won’t rust either. GAH.

    Who knew that we would want something that rusted? haha.

    Happy grapevine ball making 🙂

    Lynne xx

  555. Cindy Harris

    April 2nd, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I love your idea! Instead of ‘balls” how about Grapevine Light Orbs or Spheres. Just an idea!! Oh and question, maybe I missed it but are the lights run on batteries or plug in?
    Thanks,
    Cindy

  556. Lynne Knowlton

    April 4th, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Hi Cindy!
    The lights are actually plug in…. I tried the battery operated ones but they sure burned through batteries quickly… so I gave up on those. Plug in is way easier.

    Happy DIYing of your Grapevine Light Orbs 🙂

    Lynne xx

  557. Amanda B

    March 15th, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Decided to make some of these while breaking down cypress trees we are thinning from our yard, and have tips if you’re working with less flexible material.

    1. Pre bend your green branches to get a curve
    2. I skipped the beach balls, I made 3 rings equal in diameter to get the frame started, using black zip ties to hold the rings, then floral wire to bind the intersections.

    I’m debating whether to try wrapping the lights around the outside, vs. crisscrossing them through the center. Thoughts?

  558. Lynne Knowlton

    March 15th, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hi Amanda! Great idea! You may want to wrap your lights around the outside rather than through the center so that you will see the lights easier. If the lights are criss crossed through the center they can get lost behind the branches etc. I bet they look beautiful ! I hope you send a photo to me! I’d love to see.

  559. Neil Wright

    May 29th, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Grapevine Globes? Grapelights? Photonic Fruit? Twinkleberries?
    Just a thought…

  560. Jillene

    August 2nd, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Grapevine spheres, globes, (still thinking)

  561. Dana Kunz

    September 20th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Light balls is not appropriate for the beauty of your DIY. How about “Fairy Nest Lighting” or “Fairy Nest Village” or “Fairy Spheres”?

  562. Lynne Tharan

    September 20th, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Wow – I’m a first-timer here, and I love reading your blog…and I have to ask you….have you been fighting for that ‘e’ at the end of your name all your life???? I certainly have.

  563. Dee

    October 17th, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Reading your blog, wondering what a blog is, laughing, and making BALLS!!!!!!!

  564. Dee

    October 17th, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    BALLS!!!!!!! I CAN’T STOP!!!!

  565. Lynne Knowlton

    October 28th, 2017 at 10:20 am

    You and me both, Dee. Hahahahahahaa :)))

  566. Tammy Duckett

    December 21st, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Thanks For sharing Lynn. I too am a lover of balls. And have been wanting to tackle some grapevine and wire and (also honeysuckle vine works well) to make y own balls. Thanks for the tips. I have heard them also referred to as “spheres” not as much fun as BALLS I know. PS just discovered garland balls as I had to rip garland off a string of lights I had various lengths and colors of garland and so I started wrapping and tucking and wah lah pretty shiny and I’ll say it kinda hairy looking Christmas garland BALLS. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
    THE hectic eclectic

  567. Kayack

    June 21st, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Holy sh*tBALLS you are hilarious! I’m not even sure I paid attention to the topic (except when I read BALLS). I was too busy laughing. Now I know what men feel like blahblahblahBALLSblahblah. Thanks for the easy to follow DIY. I’m absolutely looking forward to making these stunning BALLS. Of course I can’t wait for my friends to tell me how nice my balls look. I can picture it now “Hey, [wink] your balls look nice.”

  568. Cheryl

    July 11th, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    How about wire spheres! instead of balls.

  569. CreativiTea

    July 17th, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    ????????????????????♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  570. Jennifer

    December 18th, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hi Lynne!
    Grapevine ORB!
    Grapevine Sphere!
    Grapevine Globe!
    I’m partial to ORB!
    However, adopting any of these would never be as amusing as Grapevine “Balls”!!!

    Love your style!
    Beautiful!!!

  571. home decor ceiling lights

    February 1st, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post of lighting balls.

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