Painting The Cups

Painted sparkleballs are a fun way to celebrate your team colors or match the front gate. With spray-paint, it’s super easy to do.   Make sure the spray-paint is made for plastic, then go to town.

I like to put the cups upside-down and spray the thickest coat on the cup bottoms, with just a little overspray on the sides.  Once the ball is together, the wires are hidden but  there’s plenty of clear plastic left to shine and reflect the light.  A little like a tie-dyed effect.  To do this, spray once the halves are built before you add the lights or spray single cups before you start building.

You can coat the entire sparkleball or cup with paint.  This will give a much different effect to the lighting.  Use more than one color and you can make stripes or a pattern.


helpful DIY 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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Painting the Cups


Ordinary sparkleballs don’t look that hot in daylight, but painted sparkleballs look terrific.   They’re also a fun way to celebrate your team colors or match the front gate.

With spray-paint, it’s super easy.  Just spray the cups before you start building.  Make sure the spray-paint is made for plastic, then go to town.

I like to spray the thickest coat on the cup bottoms, with just a little overspray on the sides.  Once the ball is together, the wires are hidden but  there’s plenty of clear plastic to shine and reflect the light.  A little like a tie-dyed effect.  To do this, spray once the halves are built before you add the lights.

You can also use more than one color to make a pattern. I generally don’t paint the insides of the cups, just the outsides, but you can paint a sparkleball any way you want :)

 

Moonglow

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Carl built it with paper clips then used silicon caulk to attach the cups.

Here’s a sparkleball made with Party City color hard plastic cups  in “white.”  The maker, Carl Boro,paired them with warm white LED lights for a soft ivory pearlescence.  Total moon-glow.   Because of the cup’s shape, each half is built in four rings: 14 – 11 – 6 – 1   (64 cups in all.)   To see how Carl does it, check out instructions for the Hard Cup Sparkleball.