And here is the implementation of idea number two -- ribbon and balls strung inside an empty frame. You might remember the wooden frames I built and hung from my back steps -- and the dilemma of what to put on the insides of them? And then I decided I like them empty... and then --
I had the ribbon and ornaments on hand already, and I used upholstery tacks to attach the ribbon to the frames. The ornaments are plastic, so they should survive the elements. It will be a little bit of holiday cheer to welcome me when I come home and come in the back of the house.