Storing Your Sparkleballs

With a little January love your sparkleball will last longer. (Guy’s sparkleball lasted 27 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. :)

 


more SPARKLEBALL DIY POSTS:
–  MAKE THE ORIGINAL SPARKLEBALL
–  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 ANYCUP SPARKLEBALL
–  CAN I HOTGLUE IT?
–  MAKING MINI SPARKLEBALLS
–  HOW TO STORE YOUR SPARKLEBALL
 

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9 thoughts on “Storing Your Sparkleballs

    1. If it’s made with the plastic clips you could take it apart. Just be careful you don’t break clips or crack cups. If the sparkleball has only been out in the sun for a short while, there should be no problem.
      I think that covering it with plastic and hanging it out of the way is a much easier way to go though. And you won’t have to reassemble it when you want to use it again.

      1. Thank you for the information. I cover mine with a large pillow case. Plastic seems to deteriorate to quick. Yes I do agree with you that it is best to leave it together. I just have to be careful on how hot it gets in the garage being I live in Florida. Thanks again.

          1. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes with the summer heat. Thank you so much. I have some friends that want to make these and I told them about you. So will see what they do.

    2. Hey Amanda, I’d say it depends on how you put it together and how much space you have. If the ball is clipped, and it’s easier to store that way, sure. But putting the lights in and out can pull bulbs loose, and the clips can weaken. If you take it apart, you will have to pull the lights out and rebuild from scratch. I would bag everything together. That’s why I’ve found them easier to store intact.

      1. Thank you so much for the information. I bought them from you and yes they have the clips. I have a special place in the garage to store it while hanging and a cover on it as well. Thanks again.

  1. I hang mine from a large fishing swivel so that they can rotate and then spray them off with the garden hose. Best to do this on a nice day because if nothing else, your feet will get a little wet. The sparkleball will begin to spin and sling out the water and the dirt. I don’t know how well this will work with the clip balls, but with the stapled or glued balls it works well.

    You can also give it a first blast and then work on any dirt buildups with a brush and then spray again.
    Let it dry and then cover it (if you want to) and hang it out of the way.

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