Every New Year’s Eve there’s a party crawl in Steven Wilson’s Baltimore neighborhood. Neighbors visit 5-6 houses, then end up at Steven’s house. This year he decided to go all out with a spectacular Midnight Ball Drop. Starting the project in early December, Steven built a mega-sparkleball with 10 oz hard cups, foil tape, and Applights. He ran PVC pipe through the middle so the ball would slide down a pole and made a support out of wire hoops from Michael’s. And that’s just the half of it. Check out the rooftop lowering system.
With a little January love your sparkleball will last longer. (Guy’s sparkleball lasted27 years.) Whether you plan to store it till next Christmas or leave it up year-round, here’s a good routine.
Loosen gunk in the cups with a dry paintbrush.
Blast out any debris with a shopvac blower. Or compressed-gas duster. Finish with a wipe of windex.
Mend loose cups.
If storing, make sure sparkleball is dry then cover with a drycleaning bag or trash bag.
Hang out of the way, from garage or closet ceiling.
I’m also happy to say, that if you do nothing, your sparkleball, like a good dog, will still live a very long time and give joy no matter how dirty it is. Please share below, if you have any storage or cleaning tips. :)
There are two ways to go with your New Year’s Eve sparkleball. Giant drop-the-ball-at-midnight dazzle. (and see below) And champagne-sparkly-chic like Nargiza, Nick, Misha, and the Pinks. Happy New Year!
see more on Pinterest and in these New Year’s Eve posts. . .
Recently I received photos of the holiday display at Slick’s Boutique in Boothbay Harbor Maine. There are 38 original sparkleballs in all and it’s absolutely magical. (We’re talking 1500 cups and 3800 clear lights.) While Slick’s dazzling display is unique, below are a few more sparkleballs-in-shops for your cheer and pleasure :)