Thursday, 1 October 2015

Solar Sparkle Ball

     Here is something a little different for Altered Eclectics this month, it's an idea I saw on You-Tube and thought I just had to make one.

     To make the ball you will need 50 clear plastic cups and a pack of 50 LED lights, mine are solar powered and came from a local discount shop. The ball made on You-Tube had slightly more tapered cups, mine were a little too slim so I had to add a shot glass between each cup.
     The cups need to have a hole drilled in the bottom so the led light will go through it, I've used a hand drill that used to be Dad's.

     Each cup has been stapled to the next, starting with a centre band of 10 cups and building one half of the ball, then the second half ball was made. With both halves laying next to each other push one light through each cup hole, then carefully join both halves making sure not to staple the cable.
     The finished ball is perched on top of a tree stump in a pot with the solar panel tucked beside it.
     During daylight hours it doesn't look as good but it does raise some interest with visitors. The lights last well into late evening at the moment, the front porch is south facing so it should be good for a while, it's also sheltered from the rain.
    Come and join us at Altered Eclectics with your creations, we like altered art and handcrafted items, anything but a card or an ATC.

I would like to enter this sparkle ball in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (optional Sapphire - change white lights for blue)
Decorate To Celebrate - Party Decoration  (would look great with flashing lights)


  1. Morning, this is fabulous definately going to give it a try if I can pick up the all the materials?
    Nancyd xx

  2. Goodness me, that takes me back ... I made one of these in the 70's using white cups and hardwired lighting but yours looks so much funkier than mine and a brilliant idea to use solar power too


  3. this is fantastic, so unique and stunning hun xx

  4. I saw this on my feed Rocky and had to come over and take a closer look. It's beyond gorgeous I just love it!!! Is there any chance you could share where on you tube the video is? Very, very clever and gorgeous. I'm not sure I could do this because of my hands and fingers being rough right now but I sure do love it Karen x

    1. Thanks Karen, here's the link Maybe DH would help you make one?

  5. Super cool project! Thank you for sharing your project with Decorate to Celebrate.

  6. Wow!!! Wonderful project! And it was great idea to use solar powered light! Thank you for sharing this work and inspiration with us at 613 Avenue Create this week. Good luck and hope to see you again soon!

  7. how cool thank you for joining challenge at dtc


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