Planning 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!
This 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 Vintage, 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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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!
Spring is a colorful and joyous time. For April, I wanted bright colored sparkleballs, since my dry California yard doesn’t have much springtime bloom.
I bought cans of spraypaint in flowery shades of pink, yellow, green and blue. 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 sparkle. 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.