Sparkleballs are all about cups. So let’s shake things up a little and put cups inside, on top of, between, and over the cups. Add a second set of cups, and you’ll totally change the lighting and the overall look of the ball. Using hard plastic cups like shotglasses, you can solder holes in them for the lights, then hotglue them into the solo-style cups. Or turn them upside down and glue them over the lights. Soft cups can be treated the same way and even stapled inside Solo cups. I love Sabel’s “Sporeball,” where tube shots are inserted between the main cups. Here are some ideas to spur your creativity, but, really, the deal is, just go for it :)
Dart makes souffle or portion cups in 4, 2 and 1-oz sizes. They are closest to small solo-style cups I’ve found. So you can follow the Original Sparkleball instructions and come out with mini versions. The 4-oz cups (left) make a really nice mini. The 1-oz souffle cup (right) is trickier. With it, I had to follow a 14-11-6-1 recipe. My stapler was too big, so I used paper clips and hot glue, as in the Hard Cup method. The 1 oz mini also has room for only 25-50 lights.
Remember to staple deep in the cups and make sure the rims meet. Also, there are some stapling guidelines if you want your sparkleball really round. Read them here.
To find portion cups, check restaurant supply stores, like Smart & Final. Try online. It also looks like Dixie makes some similar cups, including a 2 oz jello shot cup.
To make a mini sparkleball with hard plastic shot glasses and see more mini sparkleballs made with other cups go here. And a collection of mini sparkleballs on Pinterest.