How to create stunning outdoor grapevine lighting! It’s epic!

Oct 6

How to make grapevine lighting balls | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE |

Do you love these grapevine balls as much as I do?

Clearly, not only am I a white cotton sheet hussy, I am a grapevine lighting trollop too.

 What a  floozy 



I love these balls almost as much as I love my tree that they are hanging on.

Wait.  Did I just say that I love balls?


No worries though, if you don’t have a tree, you can place these balls on the ground at night and they look stunning there too.

Wait.  Did I just say that balls are stunning?


The important thing to remember is this :

* You may hang them near outdoor dining areas for soft low lighting

* You may set them on the ground or in gardens for ambience

* You may hang them around social areas of your living space for lighting


You will look gorgeous in such low lighting, and all wrinkles will be out of sight.

My kind of decorating.



1.  One or two sizes of beach balls (the kind that you can deflate).

2. White mini lights(for outdoors) with green cord for camouflage in your trees.

3. Wire….like this size shown below….

P.s. This is also a super cool option to make, if you don’t have grapevine :

#DIY tutorial : How to make a grapevine ball via @lynneknowlton DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE Blog

A Wire Ball !!

4. Extension cord (preferably one that can be disguised in mother nature)

5. Chain to hang the grapevine lights

6.  Grapevine…if you live in Canada….it is EVERYWHERE !

It grows up trees like it’s a wild child.  I also found a wild child in my tree ….

#DIY tutorial : How to make a grapevine ball via @lynneknowlton DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE Blog

Treehouse terrorist

Grapevine can actually choke a tree, so most people/farmers want it OFF.  They will be happy when you are pulling up and down on their tree removing the grapevine that has a man-hold on their tree.

Note to self :  Eat your cereal wheaties that day, you will need some muscle.  I have been known to wrestle a grapevine filled tree in my lifetime.

I have LOST the grapevine fight ~ many at time.

It is not for the faint of heart.

#DIY tutorial : How to make a grapevine ball via @lynneknowlton DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE Blog

Grapevine Crazies


Wear your HUNTER BOOTS so you will at least look good for the adventure.  Don’t have any?  Go buy them. They are the yummiest rubber boots on the face of the earth.

 Cozy and warm.

 I could sleep in mine.

#DIY tutorial : How to make a grapevine ball via @lynneknowlton DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE Blog

Hunter Love

Beeee teeee double u’sssss ~ grapevine looks like this…..

#DIY tutorial : How to make a grapevine ball via @lynneknowlton DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE Blog

Little Grapes On Grapevine

Grapevine   lighting   Tutorial 

Update :  Since writing this blog post, I have written a full tutorial on how to create the grapevine lighting balls.  Click on this blog entry here for full instructions and a bit of a belly laugh along the way.

I collect so much grapevine, my fields and trees will be soon be naked.    Why?  Because these grapevine balls look seriously gorgeous when they are done.  Drop dead gorgeous.

While collecting the grapevine, I found MOSS !  Holy batman, that stuff is epic too.

Want a great moss DIY project ?  You can find one here : DIY Green Moss Graffiti … Is your neighbour a jerk face?

#DIY Green Moss Graffiti : Is your neighbour a jerk face? via @lynneknowlton

This stuff is amazing for DIY’s

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  1. Rita McLean

    October 6th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Love it!! The pic’s are so beautiful:)I can’t wait to get my lights…….and the boots…I may sleep in mine…

  2. Anonymous

    October 6th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    You didn’t say anything about falling on your ‘kiester’, Aka ‘back end’ when the grapevine you are pulling let’s go. Lol

  3. Natalie Dodson

    April 9th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I would love to create these and i think i pretty much get the idea but do you have a link to your tutorial anywhere? I couldn’t find it!!

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    April 9th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Natalie. My bad. I am posting the tutorial this week. Thank you for the reminder. I just altered this blog post recently to link it to the tutorial, and then , posted about Easter cupcakes today instead. I was side tracked by the cupcakes. LOL. 🙂

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    April 13th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    This one is for you Natalie ! A DIY on how to create the grapevine balls…
    Cheers !

  6. Terry corigliano

    July 7th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Looking for instructions for grapevine tree.

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    July 9th, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Hi Terry,
    Here is the link to the DIY instructions on how to make the grapevine lighting balls!

    Just click this link below :

  8. Leo

    October 25th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hi there! Absolutely loved the wired ball with lights, have a quick question though, I’m thinking of doing a project using these and have been hunting high and low for them, i need Balls with about 8″ in diameter, but i’m in the UK! wishing I was in the US or Canada, would ring you in no time…
    My question is… do you reckon it’s worthwhile to buy these… or make them? This considering i would need about 50?…..

    In another note… I would move to Canada just to live next to your ball lighted tree. Loved it!

  9. Lynne Knowlton

    October 25th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Hey Leo,

    It would definitely be worth it to make them, especially if you need 50.

    Did you see the tutorial that I wrote on how to make them, here ?:

    I would move to the UK just to hang out with you, so we are even-steven. 🙂

    Hopefully, you can still buy some inexpensive beach balls at this time of year to make them. You have so many awesome markets to shop at in the UK, so maybe you could find some there (?)

    Let me know how it goes.

    Lynne xx

  10. lynneknowlton

    January 30th, 2014 at 5:00 am

    How to create stunning outdoor lighting with grapevine

  11. Carol Rice

    November 16th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    GreAt ideas/ Fab site

  12. Jeanmarie becker

    December 2nd, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Just saw ur site!!! Love it and would love to see ur ideas. I sent my email to subscribe for updates however I didn’t get the email back to confirm is your page still available thank you Jeanmarie


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