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Illuminated Winter Garden

Ethereal, DIY twig orbs, illuminated from the inside, create a twinkling winter wonderland in a city backyard.

To create a similar effect in your front or back yard this Christmas, buy artificial wire or sisal balls from a garden centre. (These show less of the light cord than wide-weave natural twig or wicker balls.) Make an opening in the orb by gently pulling the wire or sisal apart, then stuff each globe with balled up strings of mini-lights with white or light-coloured cords. Connect the lights to an extension cord and conceal the plug within the globe. Finally, run the cord discreetly to an outlet.

For more outdoor Christmas, holiday and winter decorations, see our gallery.

  • Photographer: Ted Yarwood
  • Designer: Laurence Heartz

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