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.
O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
Really, is there any place where May isn’t lovely? Even in California it’s just a teensy bit greener than usual, and in Texas, where I’m from, May was nigh perfect. So here’s a frolic, gay, green and merry sparkleball. Random painted cups and 70 LED clear bulbs. LED’s are often too sharp and bright, so they work perfectly in the painted cups. This one makes me happy, day or night.
snippet above from THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY, Thomas Dekker (1572-1631)
I bought cans of spraypaint in flowery shades of pink, yellow, green and blue. I made four Original Sparkleballs. Before adding lights, I spray-painted the centers of the halves. Just the center. (see photo) Some paint drifted to the sides of the cups, and there were some loose spatters. All good. But I left plenty of clear plastic for sparkle. I added colored lights, but I think clear or multi’s would have worked fine. Voila! A sparkleball bouquet of color! Even when they’re not lit.
handy posts for to make a sparkleball:
– buying the right cups
– tips for putting in the lights
– the best stapler
– how to hang it – 1
– how to hang it – 2
– using different kinds of lights
– MAKE THE ORIGINAL SPARKLEBALL
These amazing sparkleball eggs are fashioned out of hard plastic shot glasses and clear address labels. Master Sparkleballer Carl Boro figured out that using labels to join cups would allow the flexibility he needed to form an egg shape. He also crafted the top and bottom in slightly different formulas, which I love. I’ve never worked with address labels, but it seems like an inventive way to join hard cups.
– 154 1-oz shot glasses per egg
– formulas for each side: 4-10-14-17-18-19 and 1-6-12-16-18-18
– 154 lights (Carl added extra lights to 3 strings of 50)
More Carl Boro sparkleball magic:
Black Cup Sparkleball
Carl’s “Retro” Ball
How to Get It Really Round
Hard Cups and Bobby Pins
Game Day Ball for Dad
Fourth of July Sparkleballs
New Year’s Eve Ideas
Visit to Carl’s Workshop 1
Visit to Carl’s Workshop 2
Visit to Carl’s Workshop 3