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! (PS. still time to order a sparkleball kit for NYE >>>>)
see more on Pinterest and in these New Year’s Eve posts. . .