Baltimore Ball Drop

Every New Year’s Eve there’s a party crawl in Steven Wilson’s Baltimore neighborhood.  Neighbors visit 5-6 houses, then end up at Steven’s house.   This year he decided to go all out with a spectacular Midnight Ball Drop.  Starting the project in early December, Steven built a mega-sparkleball with 10 oz hard cups, foil tape, and Applights.  He ran PVC pipe through the middle so the ball would slide down a pole and made a support out of wire hoops from Michael’s. And that’s just the half of it.  Check out the rooftop lowering system.

Video of the drop 

Thank you Steven for sharing the photos, video, and idea.








How to Make New Year’s Sparkle

Just one sparkleball will add chic to your New Year’s party, whether fancy or football. Everybody will want to know how you made this amazing ball of light thing.  And you’ll say,  well, it’s just Solo cups and Christmas lights :) If you can bear it, race to Walmart or Target or CVS to buy your lights half-price.  (Walmart also has Solo cups.)  Think of using battery-powered lights, then you can make a sparkleball centerpiece for the table.  Don’t forget the stapler or soldering iron.  Or order a sparkleball kit!

click photos for more information.  Also more New Year’s ideas here and on Pinterest.


DIY the Original Sparkleball

– Order Sparkleball Kit

More New Year’s Ideas

New Year’s Eve Ideas

macetech1Garrett and Jason’s business is electronic magic-making.  So when they built a New Year’s Eve sparkleball, of course it contained six RGB LED arrays (capable of intense light and color combinations) and several kinds of controllers.  Lowered by a rope from a tree at midnight, it lit up the whole backyard.   And a few years later, they made their ball-drop even more spectacular.

Carl Boro’s giant sparkleball is the annual centerpiece of the carlnye1New Year’s Eve Dance at Cubberley Pavilion.  It is a feat of engineering constructed of 334 10oz hard Chinet cups,  700 led mini-lights, and suspended by a meticulous system of dacron fishing cord above the dance floor.   When not performing, Carl’s NYE Ball rests in its own custom-made storage box.

But don’t worry.   From my experience even just one ordinary sparkleball makes New Year’s Eve sparklier.   Nothing goes better with champagne :)

click on Carl’s photos for details.  More New Year’s sparkleball ideas here and on Pinterest.

Garrett and Jason’s MACETECH sparkleball