How to Hang It – 2

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extension cord plug tugged inside; ziptie-ring hanger at top.

 

A few basic thoughts on hanging your sparkleball.

First:  before putting the lights in, decide if you want the plug at the top, bottom, or middle of the ball.  That’s covered in an earlier post and video How To Hang It – 1.

Second:   When the sparkleball is finished, I like to plug it into an extension cord,  then tuck the plugs inside the ball.  Staple opening closed, and there’s less clutter hanging from your ball.

Third:  the hanger.   These days I use a ziptie, split ring, and large black pot hook.

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hook, zip-tie, split ring

On completed sparkleball, I punch holes in two top cups with a holepuncher. Then I thread the ziptie, and add a split ring.  I cinch it tightly and reinforce the two cups with extra staples.  

To hang, I use a 5 in. black “s” hook.  I think I found them first at Ikea, but when I googled they popped up at a lot of places.  You can also find them in a birdfeeder store or for hanging pots in the kitchen.  I like them because they’re big enough for tree branches.

That’s just how I do it.  There are so many different and cool ways to hang and display sparkleballs, I made a Pinterest board to save ideas. You can check it out here.  There are also lots of ideas among the photos if you look carefully.

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dangly snowflakes conceal the wire

UPDATE:  Here’s how my friend Katie hangs her sparkleball.  Love it.

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
–  painting the cups
–  make The Original Sparkleball
–  make AnyCup Sparkleball
–  making Mini Sparkleballs

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO: Amber’s Sparkleball Tree

Amber_Merefield_sparkleballs It’s time! Let’s kick off the 2015 Holiday Prep Season with Amber Merefield’s Sparkleball Tree.   Here’s how she does it:   for each ball,  Amber makes a hanger out of two lengths of chain, s-hooks, zipties, and a swivel snap hook.  Outside, she uses a combo of ladder and tree-climbing (“like Tarzan”) in the 20-30ft dogwood tree, which is wrapped in white lights.    Each sparkleball is hung with several releasable zip-ties.  The zip-ties aren’t tightened completely to give the sparkleballs play in the wind.  Once sparkle balls are in place, Amber runs the electricity, using custom-length extension cords made of SPT-2 wire and vampire plugs.   A custom “wire harness” at the base of the tree sends a separate cord and plug to each ball.   We love the effect of sweeping white tree and red balls, but Amber says she has plans to add green and blue balls this year.

amberSee more photos of Amber’s 70,000 light display on The Lights on Taunton Road Facebook page.  In person, you can see the display at  5 Taunton Road, Medford NJ.  Amber Merefield is a regular contributor on Planet Christmas forums.  (photo: Medford Sun)

 

 

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