Want to make a Sparkleball? Talk to Carl.

After Carl Boro saw a neighbor’s sparkleball, he went home and just figured out how to make one. With time he developed his own designs and methods, creating a garage full of colorful sparkleballs made from different cups and lights. He sent me some photos a few years ago, and we began a lively email exchange.

In 2015 I visited Carl at home near San Francisco.  It’s no exaggeration to say that day changed my life.  The fun we had exchanging ideas and working together cemented our friendship.  It also pushed me to update and improve this website.  I became more determined to share the mutual enthusiasm of friendship and craft with people like you, so that all of us around the world can work together — no matter what our beliefs or backgrounds–  in a safe, creative virtual garage like Carl’s.

Below are just a few of Carl’s creations, as well as links to posts about him.  Leave a comment and Carl will answer. To see over 90  photos of Carl’s wondrous work, visit Pinterest.

PINTEREST / Carl Boro Sparkleballs 

Carl’s Trick for Keeping The Lights
from Slipping Out
Carl’s Trick for Making Perfect Holes

Visit to Carl’s Workshop 1
**Visit to Carl’s Workshop 2**
Visit to Carl’s Workshop 3
Hard Cup vs Soft Cup
Black Cup Sparkleball
“Retro” Ball
How to Get It Really Round
Hard Cups and Bobby Pins
Moonglow Sparkleball
Turducken Sparkleball
Game Day Ball for Dad
Halloween Ideas
New Year’s Eve Ideas





HOW TO: Amber’s Sparkleball Tree

Amber_Merefield_sparkleballs It’s time! Let’s kick off the 2015 Holiday Prep Season with Amber Merefield’s Sparkleball Tree.   Here’s how she does it:   for each ball,  Amber makes a hanger out of two lengths of chain, s-hooks, zipties, and a swivel snap hook.  Outside, she uses a combo of ladder and tree-climbing (“like Tarzan”) in the 20-30ft dogwood tree, which is wrapped in white lights.    Each sparkleball is hung with several releasable zip-ties.  The zip-ties aren’t tightened completely to give the sparkleballs play in the wind.  Once sparkle balls are in place, Amber runs the electricity, using custom-length extension cords made of SPT-2 wire and vampire plugs.   A custom “wire harness” at the base of the tree sends a separate cord and plug to each ball.   We love the effect of sweeping white tree and red balls, but Amber says she has plans to add green and blue balls this year.

amberSee more photos of Amber’s 70,000 light display on The Lights on Taunton Road Facebook page.  In person, you can see the display at  5 Taunton Road, Medford NJ.  Amber Merefield is a regular contributor on Planet Christmas forums.  (photo: Medford Sun)



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