What’s Hanging Now – April

20160325_133330 1Spring is a colorful and joyous time. For April, I wanted bright colored sparkleballs, since my dry California yard doesn’t have much springtime bloom

I bought cans of spraypaint in flowery shades of pink, yellow, green and blue.Pink Sparkleball  I made four Original Sparkleballs. Before adding lights, I spray-painted the centers of the halves.  Just the center.  (see photo)  Some paint drifted to the sides of the cups, and there were some loose spatters.  All good. But I left  plenty of clear plastic for Yellow Sparkleballsparkle.  I added colored lights, but I think  clear or multi’s would have worked fine.  Voila!  A sparkleball bouquet of color!  Even when they’re not lit.


handy posts for to make a sparkleball:

 buying the right cups
– tips for putting in the lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  using different kinds of lights


Happy Easter, Purim, Nowruz, and Holi !

easter sparkle balls
All the spring festivals of the world are colorful and joyous times, even here in California where spring lasts about a day.  In honor of le sacre du printemps, I offer this easy way to make color sparkleballs.

Make an Original Sparkleball.  Buy a can of spray paint meant for use on plastic.Pink Sparkleball Before you add the lights, spray the center of both sides.  Just the center.  Some paint will drift up to the sides of the cups, and there will be some loose spatters.  All good. But you stillYellow Sparkleball want plenty of clear plastic for sparkle.  When it’s dry, add lights.  I used colored lights, but you can go with standard clear or multi’s.  But the best part is, your sparkleball is colorful even when it’s not lit :)

Happy Easter  –  سال نو مبارک  –  Chag Purim Sameach  –  होली मुबारक




A Wee Bit O’ Green

Irish SparkleballI made my green sparkleball for St Patrick’s Day, but must say I’ve enjoyed just having something green in the yard.  We live in southern California, and what little green we have these days is dusty and gray.  Now when we drive up at  night,  the deep green of the sparkleball reminds me of faraway Irish meadows and big old trees tiered in  boughs of endless greenery.   A bit o’ sparkleball leprechaun magic :)  

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What’s Hanging Now – March

My first real St Patrick’s Day was a long time ago in Cambridge MA. Everything was green including the beer and french fries, and for one day everyone was Irish.  That memory made me want a green  sparkleball this year.  I just so happened to have green lights I bought on sale after Christmas, but you can find them easily on Amazon or from dozens of online holiday light sources. Just google “green minilights.” Make the Original Sparkleball, add the green lights, and you’ll make the leprechauns happy ♣

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