“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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Making Mini Sparkleballs

 


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.


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

 

Lady Beth Entertains

The theme of her son’s 18th birthday party was Gentlemen’s Agreement Masquerade, so Lady Beth let her creative side  — in her words — “go wild.”  Among the decorations she made are these very wild, very cool sparkleballs.  Embellished cleverly with handcrafted masks, feathers, and jewels,  they look almost like fancy party guests themselves.   A big thank you to Lady Beth for sharing.  And very best wishes to her son :)

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