Putting Cups in the Cups

Sparkleballs are all about cups.  So let’s shake things up a little and put cups inside, on top of, between, and over the cups. Add a second set of cups, and you’ll  totally change the lighting and the overall look of the ball.  Using hard plastic cups like shotglasses,  you can solder holes in them for the lights, then hotglue them into the solo-style cups.  Or turn them upside down and glue them over the lights.   Soft cups can be treated the same way and even stapled inside Solo cups.  I love Sabel’s “Sporeball,” where tube shots are inserted between the main cups.  Here are some ideas to spur your creativity, but, really, the deal is,  just go for it :)


more helpful 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
–  painting your sparkleball
–  make The Original Sparkleball
–  make AnyCup Sparkleball
–  making Mini Sparkleballs

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.

Hard Cups and Bobby Pins!

Sparkleball friend Carl Boro has astonished me again.  He built this full blue sparkleball —  blue cups and blue lights–  with blue bobby pins!  Carl discovered that long bobby pins are perfect for connecting the 9 oz hard plastic cups.  (Not Solo-style soft cups. They have a raised lip.)   I did a quick google search and found  Durahome, EDI, and Party Essential hard cups on Amazon. My local grocery sometimes has them, and so does Party City.   If you build one, make sure you check out the Hard Cup instruction page.  The Hard Cup formula is different than the Original Sparkleball.

Carl says you’ll need about 126 bobby pins.  Not a big investment.   He also said that the clips slipped a little when he put the lights in, but once that was done, he just straightened the ball out.

What’s Hanging Now – October


20161003_083058Planning ahead for the sparkleballs I want to hang at Halloween has made the month of October a lot more fun.  This one is made of hard cups I found at the grocery (Party Essentials brand*).  They are solo-shaped but just a bit different, so  I used Carl Boro’s recipe 14-11-6-1.  I put it together with the hot-glue method for Hard Cup Sparkleballs here.  Love how shiny the hard cups are!

*Party City makes similar cups in many colors.

Past Posts on Halloween Ideas:
– Halloween 1
– Halloween 2
– Halloween 3
Black Beauty
– Black Sparkleball
Fun Halloween Lights