Sparkleball Snowfolk of Europe

All over Europe people make the most amazing snowmen out of plastic cups.  The French #bonhommedeneige are dapper.  German #schneemann are hearty.  Italian #pupazzodineve are fun-loving.  (I know I shouldn’t generalize, but it’s true.)  The photo at left is from France.  The person who posted it explains that it was created by her colleague’s children for a nursing home visit.  The children made the cheery snowman and delivered him with gifts.  Go to Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook to see hundreds more sparkleball snowpeople and sparkleball santas.


SPARKLEBALL HOW-TO POSTS:
–  FIND THE RIGHT CUPS
 TIPS FOR INSERTING LIGHTS
–  THE BEST STAPLER
–  HOW TO HANG IT – 1
–  HOW TO HANG IT – 2
–  HOW TO HANG IT – 3
–  USING DIFFERENT LIGHTS – 1
–  USING DIFFERENT LIGHTS – 2
–  DRILLING A PERFECT HOLE
–  HOW TO GET IT REALLY ROUND
–  MAKE THE ORIGINAL SPARKLEBALL
–  MAKE ANYCUP SPARKLEBALL
–  CAN I HOTGLUE IT?
–  MAKING MINI SPARKLEBALLS

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Eight Ideas for Easter 🌺🌷🌸

Here are some easy, medium and semi-hard ways to make colorful sparkleballs to hang at Easter or any other spring celebration. Click on the photo for more information.  This Pinterest board also has more ideas.

Cats and Sparkleballs

Mostly I’m a dog person, but lately I’ve been missing not having a cat.   First there were the fun photos Juleigh took of her cat Tonks (and friend) supervising sparkleball construction at Christmas.  Then recently,  Garrett Mace tweeted that his electronic sparkleball was just one big awesome cat toy.  He proved it with a mesmerizing sparkleball video starring his cat.  Finally,  somehow I missed the Sharon’s photo of Katja on Flickr, so I’m righting my wrong here now. Do you have a sparkleball photo or video with your cat? Post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest and share!

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helpful DIY how-to posts:
–  find the right cups
 tips for inserting lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  how to hang it – 3
–  using different lights – 1
–  using different lights – 2
–  drilling a perfect hole
–  how to get it really round
–  make The Original Sparkleball
–  make AnyCup Sparkleball
–  making Mini Sparkleballs

How to Find Sparkleball Street

My husband and I drove up to Fullerton last week to see the sparkleballs.  The neighbors of North Yale Avenue have been festooning their giant elms with sparkleballs for years now.  With the other streets that have joined in, there must be close to a thousand sparkleballs.  (If I exaggerate, it doesn’t matter. It feels like a thousand sparkleballs.)   It’s as fantastical as I remember, even if they’ve lost a few of their dear trees over the years.  Don Bales has built a new giant sparkleball even more amazing as the last one.  Jeff’s house is still the most festive.   A new city councilman lives in the neighborhood! And it was still fun to see the street during daylight, to admire the feat of wiring that makes this whole show sing.  I marvel at a neighborhood that can work together to make this beautiful thing. To learn more read here :)


helpful DIY how-to posts:
–  find the right cups
 tips for inserting lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  how to hang it – 3
–  using different lights – 1
–  using different lights – 2
–  drilling a perfect hole
–  how to get it really round
–  make The Original Sparkleball
–  make AnyCup Sparkleball
–  making Mini Sparkleballs