Holepuncher

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Erika shared her holepunch technique with us back in 2008 and introduced a whole new world of  possibilities.  Put 4 holes in each cup, then use what you want to join them. Twist ties, zip-ties, ribbon, yarn, glitter sticks.  Above, I used coated electrical wire.  At left, Erika adds beads to her wire. 

This is an updated version of our Instructable for No-Melt Sparkleball.

 


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1/
Drill or melt 1/2″ hole in 50 cup bottoms.
A step drill bit makes this easy.

2/
0holesPunch or melt 4 holes in cup rims.
Use hole-puncher or soldering iron.  Each hole should have one opposite it.
 Doesn’t have to be exact.

3/
jointDon’t connect too tightly.
If using zip-ties, don’t tighten completely.
Keep ball flexible as you work.

Wait til end to tighten fully and trim tails.

4/
12cupMake a ring of 12 cups.
If it isn’t nice and round, then your
cups aren’t the right size.
Switch to Any Size Cup instructions.

5/
9cupJoin 9 cups.
They’ll be a bit wonky.

5/
0stackAttach 9-ring on top of 12-ring.
Rims must touch or overlap all the way around. Make new holes if necessary.

6/
4cup00
Join 4 cups.

7/
1side
Insert 4-ring into center of 9-ring and connect.
One side ready for lights!

8/
lights1
Start at plug end. Insert 2 lights per cup.
Test lights before inserting.

9/
0lightsAdd lights cup by cup.
Zigzag in to center and back out
as you go around.

Finish at cup next to one you started with.

10/
2sidescropNow build 2nd side.
Start lights from opposite end of cord.
Sides pull together as lights meet in the middle.

11/
joinsidescropJoin two sides.
Make sure cord hangs clear.

12/
studycrop2Make a hole in the top for a hanger.
If you used zip-ties, tighten
ball all over
and trim tails.

notes:

  • 9 oz cups I know work:  Solo, Dart, Safeway Home, Fabrical, Choice.
  •  step drill bit (about $14) makes drilling plastic easy.
  • don’t tighten connectors too tight at first.  Keep ball flexible then tighten up at the end.
  • for dancing sparkleball use chasing lights with function control.
  • I like Carl’s trick for keeping lights from slipping out of cups.
  • there’s no one exact way to make a sparkleball, so innovate!
useful how-to posts:
choosing the right cups
tips for putting in the lights
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  using different kinds of lights

 


More Sparkleballs to Make

hard cup

shotglass mini

 for any cup

original sparkleball

 


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