My friend Katie has a tiny patio, which she’s transformed into a sweet little garden hideaway. She hung her sparkleball under the umbrella, and there’s no more perfect place for a summer glass of wine.
Solar mini-lights are way improved, in function and price. The solar sparkleballs I made in years past were dismal. But now– solar is totally sparkly. Which means you can hang a sparkleball anywhere, as long as it can charge in direct sunlight. The little solar panel sits atop or hangs below. These lights come from Amazon, and so far, they’re pretty great even if they didn’t come with instructions. (Amazon has quite a selection of solar.) This may be my new sparkleball favorite :)
I first saw sparkleballs used as backyard lighting on Apartment Therapy, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it. Inexpensive, easy to make, weather-proof — and with their own sparkly festive cheer. A few around the patio. A few in the trees. Sumetha uses sparkleballs on timers in her backyard landscaping. Even just one can spice up an outdoor event. On Memorial Day, when my friend Tate plugged in the dancing sparkleball out on his deck, it was like a celebrity had arrived. Guests were dazzled, and a few had sparkleball stories to tell, like Jeff whose dad had made them in Michigan. Sparkleballs do love a party, but they’re just as happy to spend a quiet evening under the stars.