Hard Cup vs Soft Cup

the one that broke

A few days ago, I dropped an old Hard-Cup Sparkleball I love. Five cups shattered, and  there’s no way to repair it.  That’s the thing about hard cups.  They’re really sparkly, but they crack. Two other important points:  you can’t staple them and they are a slightly different size than solo-style cups.  BUT they come in more colors!

Here are the  instructions for making a Hard Cup Sparkleball.  I used to use a soldering iron to melt the cups together, but now I use hot glue.   (Master Sparkleballer Carl Boro uses silicon caulk.)  From the instructions you’ll learn that there’s a different formula in how you put the Hard Cup Sparkleball together.   This is very important.  If you try to make it like an Original Sparkleball, it won’t work.  You’ll need more cups too.

photos below by Carl Boro, who loves making hard-cup sparkleballs.

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Hard Cups and Bobby Pins!

Sparkleball friend Carl Boro has astonished me again.  He built this full blue sparkleball —  blue cups and blue lights–  with blue bobby pins!  Carl discovered that long bobby pins are perfect for connecting the 9 oz hard plastic cups.  (Not Solo-style soft cups. They have a raised lip.)   I did a quick google search and found  Durahome, EDI, and Party Essential hard cups on Amazon. My local grocery sometimes has them, and so does Party City.   If you build one, make sure you check out the Hard Cup instruction page.  The Hard Cup formula is different than the Original Sparkleball.

Carl says you’ll need about 126 bobby pins.  Not a big investment.   He also said that the clips slipped a little when he put the lights in, but once that was done, he just straightened the ball out.

What’s Hanging Now – October


20161003_083058Planning ahead for the sparkleballs I want to hang at Halloween has made the month of October a lot more fun.  This one is made of hard cups I found at the grocery (Party Essentials brand*).  They are solo-shaped but just a bit different, so  I used Carl Boro’s recipe 14-11-6-1.  I put it together with the hot-glue method for Hard Cup Sparkleballs here.  Love how shiny the hard cups are!

*Party City makes similar cups in many colors.

Past Posts on Halloween Ideas:
– Halloween 1
– Halloween 2
– Halloween 3
Black Beauty
– Black Sparkleball
Fun Halloween Lights