What is a Sparkleball?

short answer: light ball made with string lights and plastic cups.

long answer:  The Original Sparkleball is made with Solo® 9 oz cups joined together by staples, clips, glue or soldering. 100 mini-lights are threaded into the ball, two lights to a cup.  Different cups and lights can be used.   However, all sparkleballs are built by people.  Nothing commercial has ever fully replicated the magic of a lighted sparkleball.

Sparkleballs started popping up around the US in the 1970s.  No one knows who invented it or where the first one was made, but the craft has now spread around the world.  In Italy sparkleball snowmen are popular. In Fullerton, California, one neighborhood hangs over 500 sparkleballs during the holidays.  Guy kept his wife’s sparkleball going for 27 years, which is pretty amazing. Photos really don’t do them justice.  Time to make one and see :)


• DIY The Original Sparkleball.
• Sparkleball photos on Pinterest and Instagram.

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One thought on “What is a Sparkleball?

  1. OK, crazy request – would someone please save the large version of those twitpic pictures I posted and email them to me as attachments. I want to show them to someone at work and the site is blocked.Here is a crazy email address to send them to that I can access from here:cj AT urnemporium dot comkthxbai!

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