Make a Halloween Sparkleball !

sparkleball spider by jason

Time to get cracking on those Halloween sparkleballs and costumes. Be on the lookout for orange mini-lights at your drugstore or hardware store. Of course, everything you need can be found online, including Solo Cups and hard plastic orange and black cups.

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top photo:  Jason Clouthier’s Sparkleball Spider with Skull Face / Massapequa NY
More Posts on Halloween Ideas:
– Halloween 2
– Halloween 3
Halloween 4
Black Beauty
– Black Sparkleball
Fun Halloween Lights

 

 

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Painting The Cups

Painted sparkleballs are a fun way to celebrate your team colors or match the front gate. With spray-paint, it’s super easy to do.   Make sure the spray-paint is made for plastic, then go to town.

I like to put the cups upside-down and spray the thickest coat on the cup bottoms, with just a little overspray on the sides.  Once the ball is together, the wires are hidden but  there’s plenty of clear plastic left to shine and reflect the light.  A little like a tie-dyed effect.  To do this, spray once the halves are built before you add the lights or spray single cups before you start building.

You can coat the entire sparkleball or cup with paint.  This will give a much different effect to the lighting.  Use more than one color and you can make stripes or a pattern.


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

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Painting the Cups


Ordinary sparkleballs don’t look that hot in daylight, but painted sparkleballs look terrific.   They’re also a fun way to celebrate your team colors or match the front gate.

With spray-paint, it’s super easy.  Just spray the cups before you start building.  Make sure the spray-paint is made for plastic, then go to town.

I like to spray the thickest coat on the cup bottoms, with just a little overspray on the sides.  Once the ball is together, the wires are hidden but  there’s plenty of clear plastic to shine and reflect the light.  A little like a tie-dyed effect.  To do this, spray once the halves are built before you add the lights.

You can also use more than one color to make a pattern. I generally don’t paint the insides of the cups, just the outsides, but you can paint a sparkleball any way you want :)

 

H a l l o w e e n !

Halloween Sparkle Ball

Halloween sparkle ball
Lit, you can just barely see the black rims.

Confession:  Halloween is my least favorite holiday.  So I ripped apart an old  sparkleball which had been hanging in the backyard.  Washed the cups and started thinking.  What would be fun with 150 orange mini-lights?  Black rims!  I dipped the recycled cups in black paint,  let them dry, then stapled up my first Halloween sparkle ball.  It’s very Edward Gorey.  Very Dia de Los Muertos.  Let the trick-or-treating begin :)

 

Past Posts on Halloween Ideas:
– Halloween 1
– Halloween 3
Halloween 4
Black Beauty
– Black Sparkleball
Fun Halloween Lights
– Halloween Sparkleball Kit