What’s Hanging Now – July


The Fourth of July is our biggest national holiday, but for me it’s about memories.  Of family gatherings, potato salad, fireworks, and Juliet marching in the Fredericksburg TX Fourth of July parade.  I’m far from my family now, so last year I painted cups to make a Fourth of July sparkleball.  This year I’ve added five red, white and blue mirrored pinwheels  (or whirlygigs as I prefer to call them.)  Poke them through the light holes, and you’re done.    Whirring and flashing all day, it’s like having my own mini-parade. Great fun! Happy Fourth!

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


july4_1There are as many ways to make a 4th of July sparkleball as bombs bursting in air or patties on the grill.  I spray-painted cups red, white and blue.  Then I had fun arranging them in red/white stripes and a blue field of white “stars.” 5 It’s not very sparkly, but the colors are bright and festive even when lit. See more 4th of July sparkle ball ideas on  Pinterest .  Happy 4th!