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 :)

 

Happy Easter, Purim, Nowruz, and Holi !

easter sparkle balls
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.Pink Sparkleball 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 stillYellow Sparkleball 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 :)

Happy Easter  –  سال نو مبارک  –  Chag Purim Sameach  –  होली मुबारक

 

 

 

Super Bowl Sparkleball

I’m not a big football fan, but my friend Carol is, especially with this year’s Super Bowl happening in her backyard.  She felt like the perfect way to kick off the festivities was with a gold (official color of Super Bowl 50!)  sparkleball.   Carol opted to go the spray-paint route.  In 6 of the cups, she created little “windows” with painter’s tape (see below) so more light gets out and shows off the gold color at night.

How about a team ball?  Orange and navy for Broncos.  Black-blue-silver for Panthers.  Spray paint cups like Carol did and build the Original Sparkleball.  Or make a Hard Cup Sparkleball with color cups from Party City.  Or use different color mini lights (available on Amazon or at any number of Christmas lights outlets online.)  Hang it on the front porch, and everybody will know where the Super Bowl party is.  Then post and tag #sparkleball on  facebook, instagram or twitter :)

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