What’s Hanging Now – October


20161003_083058Planning ahead for the sparkleballs I want to hang at Halloween has made the month of October a lot more fun.  This one is made of hard cups I found at the grocery (Party Essentials brand*).  They are solo-shaped but just a bit different, so  I used Carl Boro’s recipe 14-11-6-1.  I put it together with the hot-glue method for Hard Cup Sparkleballs here.  Love how shiny the hard cups are!

*Party City makes similar cups in many colors.

Past Posts on Halloween Ideas:
– Halloween 1
– Halloween 2
– Halloween 3
Black Beauty
– Black Sparkleball
Fun Halloween Lights

 

 

What’s Hanging Now – August

20160729_163006This one’s a little crazy.  Just because it’s summer and it’s hot and these spoons were only a few dollars at my favorite 99-cent store.  The inspiration came from Pink 20160728_155424Vintage, a shop in England, who gave their sparkleball a halo of glitter rays last Christmas.   I made a basic sparkleball with some old multi-lights and stuck the spoons between the cups.  Hotglue holds them in place.  That’s a good thing  about sparkleballs.  Plain or fancy.  They’re all good. While I was taking the photo,  a butterfly landed on one of the purple flowers :)

 

 


More things to stick on and in sparkleballs :)
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 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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What’s Hanging Now – July

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The Fourth of July is our biggest national holiday, but for me it’s about memories.  Of family gatherings, potato salad, fireworks, and Juliet marching in the Fredericksburg TX Fourth of July parade.  I’m far from my family now, so last year I painted cups to make a Fourth of July sparkleball.  This year I’ve added five red, white and blue mirrored pinwheels  (or whirlygigs as I prefer to call them.)  Poke them through the light holes, and you’re done.    Whirring and flashing all day, it’s like having my own mini-parade. Great fun! Happy Fourth!


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

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