What’s Hanging Now – May

O, the month of May, the merry month of May,
So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! 

Really, is there any place where May isn’t lovely?  Even in California it’s just a teensy bit greener than usual, and in Texas, where I’m from, May was nigh perfect.  So here’s a frolic, gay, green and merry sparkleball. Random painted cups and 70 LED clear bulbs.   LED’s are often too sharp and bright, so they work perfectly in the painted cups.  This one makes me happy, day or night.

snippet above from THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY,  Thomas Dekker (1572-1631)

 

What’s Hanging Now – April


20160325_133330 1Spring is a colorful and joyous time. For April, I wanted bright colored sparkleballs, since my dry California yard doesn’t have much springtime bloom
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I bought cans of spraypaint in flowery shades of pink, yellow, green and blue.Pink Sparkleball  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 Yellow Sparkleballsparkle.  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.


 

handy posts for to make a sparkleball:

 buying the right cups
– tips for putting in the lights
–  the best stapler
–  how to hang it – 1
–  how to hang it – 2
–  using different kinds of lights
–  MAKE THE ORIGINAL SPARKLEBALL

 

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