When mini-lights and plastic cups get made into a sparkleball, magic happens. The inventor is unknown, but this simple American folk craft has spread around the world. Nobody owns the rights. Anyone can make one. I bought my first sparkleball on a dark road outside Tyler, Texas from a man selling them outside his mobile home.
Like me, my children Juliet and Gus believe sparkleballs inexplicably brighten lives. They also believed that their mom could take all her sparkleball DIY experience and create a simple kit so anyone can make their own amazing ball of light. And so, I did.
(a sparkleball lady for 25 years)
“A sparkleball won’t change your life but it will make it sparklier.”
illustrations by Eve Zajączkowska