The Story

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my first sparkleball on its last legs

A kind of magic happens when mini-lights and plastic cups get made into a sparkleball.  Photographs rarely do them justice.  And it’s hard to put into words how amazing they look or the effect they have on people. I bought my first sparkleball outside Tyler, Texas from a man selling them on the side of the road.  They looked like mini flying saucers, and I had to stop. In 2005   sparkleball.com was born to share free instructions for making them .  Over time our instructions evolved with new techniques, thanks to kind readers who shared their expertise.  And now there’s the  Make-A-Sparkleball Kit  which has everything you need in one bag.   No one knows who invented sparkleballs, but this indigenous American folkcraft has spread around the world as you can see from photos on Instagram and Pinterest.   

Alex Finlayson
San Diego CA
Instagram @sparkleballlady #sparkleball
Pinterest /sparkleballlady



“A sparkleball won’t change your life but it will make it sparklier.”


 

 

 

all sparkleball illustrations by artist Eve Zajączkowska

 

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6 thoughts on “The Story

  1. My daughter loves her sparkle ball in the corner of her room like a unique chandelier above her bed! Thanks for brightening her life. ❤️

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