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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Sparkleballs at Slick’s

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 :)

 

 

 


DIY SPARKLEBALL HOW-TO 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

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Sparkleball Snowfolk of Europe

All over Europe people make the most amazing snowmen out of plastic cups.  The French #bonhommedeneige are dapper.  German #schneemann are hearty.  Italian #pupazzodineve are fun-loving.  (I know I shouldn’t generalize, but it’s true.)  The photo at left is from France.  The person who posted it explains that it was created by her colleague’s children for a nursing home visit.  The children made the cheery snowman and delivered him with gifts.  Go to Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook to see hundreds more sparkleball snowpeople and sparkleball santas.


SPARKLEBALL 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
–  CAN I HOTGLUE IT?
–  MAKING MINI SPARKLEBALLS

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“Can I hotglue a sparkleball together?”

 

Carl uses clear silicon caulk on hard cups sparkleballs. He builds the ball with paperclips, puts the caulk between the cups, reclips, and lets it harden for a couple of days.

Yes and no.  Yes, if the hotglue is so hot it literally melts the cups to each other.  This works best on hard plastic cups.  But no, hotglue isn’t great for putting Solo cups together in a sparkleball.  The cups just resist the glue. (There are chemical reasons for this.)   Carl Boro uses silicon caulk on his hard cup sparkleballs.  I’ve used superTAC500, a special hotglue made for plastic, to customize and decorate sparkleballs. Otherwise, I stick to my stapler and gripperclips.  If you are a dedicated hotgluer of sparkleballs, please let us know.  I love to be proven wrong.


Want to make holiday sparkleballs?  Here’s what you’ll need.  Want to make it easy?


MORE HELPFUL 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

 

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