Happy Valentine’s Day   

          Katrina adds flowers to the cups.

A Valentine sparkleball?  Let us count the ways.  Make a sparkleball with red or pink lights. ❤ Make a zip-tie sparkleball with red zip-ties.  ❤   Spray-paint the inside of your sparkleball red before you add lights.  ❤  Spray red glitter everywhere.   ❤   Draw big red hearts on the cups with a permanent marker to make a stained-glass effect.  ❤  Make a clear light sparkleball and tie a big red bow on top.   ❤   Make a giant sparkleball out of Solo red cups or a mini out of ‘lil Reds.   ❤  Put red roses in the cups like Katrina did.  ❤  Or just buy a bottle of champagne and all your sparkleball supplies and make one together.

See these and more Valentine ideas on Pinterest  💕

 

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Cup Art

Hangover LampThe “Hangover Lamp” by designer Luis Luna is one of the most popular photographs on sparkleball.com.  It’s just got this incredible wow factor.   For one thing, it’s red.  Two, it’s made of cups everybody recognizes, but they’re arranged in a surprising way.   And when you look at the photo and try to figure out how to copy it, it’s harder than it looks.  (One of these days, I mean to try.)  In an interview, Mr Luna says he woke up one morning with a hangover and saw all these red cups left from the party. So he gets up and makes a cool light fixture.   Now that’s an artist:)

Read more about the “Hangover Lamp” and see other designs by Luis Luna here, here, and here.


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

Lil Red for Valentine’s Day

lilred1Lil Reds is a brand of shot glasses made to look like mini-versions of the iconic red Solo party cup.   These 2 oz red and white cups are great fun because they’re soft enough to staple, and they make an unusual two-toned mini sparkleball.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day!

specs:  108 cups  |  2x/18-16-12-7-1  | see more Valentine ideas on Pinterest
MORE HELPFUL 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