Barbara makes sparkleballs for her local Relay for Life fundraiser. Recently one of her custom pink sparkleballs also helped decorate a team boat at another cancer fundraiser, the Alice Kelly Ladies Only Billfish Tournament, Pirates Cove NC. This is a double first for me. A women-only fishing tournament– and a sparkleball at sea. I can’t think of a better place for a sparkleball than on deck under the stars helping a team of ladies raise money for cancer research. Thanks, Barbara, for sharing your beautiful handiwork and generous spirit!
Spring is a colorful and joyous time. For April, I wanted bright colored sparkleballs, since my dry California yard doesn’t have much springtime bloom.
I bought cans of spraypaint in flowery shades of pink, yellow, green and blue. I made four Original Sparkleballs. Before adding lights, I spray-painted the centers of the halves. Just the center. (see photo) Some paint drifted to the sides of the cups, and there were some loose spatters. All good. But I left plenty of clear plastic for sparkle. I added colored lights, but I think clear or multi’s would have worked fine. Voila! A sparkleball bouquet of color! Even when they’re not lit.
All the spring festivals of the world are colorful and joyous times, even here in California where spring lasts about a day. In honor of le sacre du printemps, I offer this easy way to make color sparkleballs.
Make an Original Sparkleball. Buy a can of spray paint meant for use on plastic. Before you add the lights, spray the center of both sides. Just the center. Some paint will drift up to the sides of the cups, and there will be some loose spatters. All good. But you still want plenty of clear plastic for sparkle. When it’s dry, add lights. I used colored lights, but you can go with standard clear or multi’s. But the best part is, your sparkleball is colorful even when it’s not lit :)