The Original Sparkleball


The right cup is what makes the Original Sparkleball work.  

 Formula 12 – 9 – 4
To learn more click on photos.


  • test lights before inserting.
  • staple deep in cups.
  •  1/2″ step drill bit (about $14) makes drilling plastic easy.  or use a soldering iron to melt holes.
  • don’t over staple at first. Keep ball flexible then reinforce.
  • for lots of hanger ideas check out this Pinterest board.
  • for dancing sparkleball use chasing lights with function control.
  • Carl has a neat  trick for keeping lights from slipping out of cups.
  • Make it easy!  Check out THE KIT :)

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



10 thoughts on “The Original Sparkleball

  1. Fantastic! I had a sparkle ball ages ago but it broke when I moved. I think it was made from very brittle cups and hot glue which didn’t make it very sturdy, and it was only hanging by fishing line. Your ideas are better and have taken the mystery out of it for me. Glad you mentioned the chasing lights as that’s what mine had and it was mesmerizing. Thanks so much!

  2. Hello Sparkleball Lady,
    I received my Make-a-Sparkleball kit from you last week and wanted you to know how much I appreciate the expert packing. All the pieces are accounted for–cups, clips and party lights. The instructions are easy to follow. Thanks for that. My Sparkleball came together like magic and is filling our living room with an aura of holiday comfort and joy.

    This year, I will send all four of my sisters, and maybe my two brothers, a Make-a-Sparkleball kit to enhance their holiday season. What fun!

    Big Thanks Sparkleball Lady!

    Sue Conley
    Cowgirl Creamery
    Petaluma, California

    1. Hi Rose!
      As far as I know, the Solo-style cup is not available in Canada. Several options: order them from US Amazon. Make an Any-Cup Sparkleball with the cups you can find, or order a Sparkleball Kit from me and I’ll work with you on Canadian shipping. A friend just shipped kits to her family in Canada, and the shipping cost was about $15, I believe. If you do decide to order a kit, email me at Whatever you choose, I’ll be happy to help.

    1. Hey Angela– Tell me more. Did they break eventually in the ball or while building it? Were the cups exactly like SOLO, same shape, size, plastic? Because there are other brands. Check out this post on finding the right cups. Alex

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