Making Mini Sparkleballs


Dart makes souffle or portion cups in 4, 2 and 1-oz sizes.  They are closest to small solo-style cups I’ve found.  So you can follow the Original Sparkleball instructions and come out with mini versions.  The 4-oz cups (left) make a really nice mini.  The 1-oz souffle cup (right) is trickier.  With it, I had to follow a 14-11-6-1 recipe. My stapler was too big,  so I used paper clips and hot glue, as in the Hard Cup method.  The 1 oz mini also has room for only 25-50 lights.

Remember to staple deep in the cups and make sure the rims meet.  Also,  there are some stapling guidelines if you want your sparkleball really round.  Read them here.

To find portion cups, check restaurant supply stores, like Smart & Final. Try online. It also looks like Dixie makes some similar cups, including a 2 oz jello shot cup.

To make a mini sparkleball with hard plastic shot glasses and see more mini sparkleballs made with other cups go here.  And a collection of mini sparkleballs on Pinterest.

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


Wedding Sparkle Balls


Carol added yellow shot glasses inside the Solo cups.

Carol promised friends Inez and Sharon she’d make sparkleballs for their garden wedding.  She ordered everything she needed online and had Solo cups, mini-lights, stapler, and drill sent ahead, since she’d be flying west coast to east.  It all went according to plan except fair weather for the garden, so the sparkle balls ended up bringing a sunny glow to the last-minute indoor venue. wedding3  They now hang on the patio of Bewitched and BEDazzled, Inez and Sharon’s inn in Rehoboth, Delaware.  Cool idea:  wedding memento AND gift.