Back in 1997 or 1998 we were living in Sacramento in a town house. One evening we went for a walk to look at Christmas lights and decorations. As we were walking, I saw this light ball hanging by someone's front door. I thought it was awesome. A year or two later, I found directions to make it but I never did. Every year I would have the best of intentions to make it. On several occasions I bought the cups to make it. Lights are never an issue. I have a plastic tote filled with lights.
This year I have 5+ projects to make: 1. pine cone light basket, 2. light ball, 3. wreath for the kitchen, 4. wooden candle trio that is 42" tall, and 5. "NOEL" for the mantle. The other projects are small things that I want to make to give to people. I made the pine cone light basket on the 8th. I made one back in 2000 which got wrecked in one of the moves or perhaps water damaged from flooding in the basement in Virginia that happened several times or the water heater in Florida that sprayed gallons of water all over.
Materials for the light ball:
50 clear plastic cups
100 miniature lights
drill w/ 1/2" bit and a smaller one for hanging
wire to hang
I started by drilling a 1/2" circle in the bottom center of 50+ cups. I say 50+ because half a dozen or so may not drill great. The cup may crinkle, the circle piece doesn't break off nicely. Fortunately, I had purchased 60 cups and I used 56 of them. It is could to have a spare or two for the ball in case a cup splits when stapling them together. The bottom left cup shows the 1/2" hole.
Start by making a circle of 12 cups. The cups naturally form the shape of the circle. I went ahead and made the circle, holding them together with the clothes pins so you would have the visual. These cups have a rim so I alternated with the rim of every other cup being on top.
Staple the sides of each cup together. I used a basic desk stapler. A plier stapler is ideal too. I have 2-3 staples in each side. I want mine durable to withstand winter winds outside.
This is what it looks like put together. I used the clothes pins to hold it while I stapled both halves together. It made it a lot easier to see where I was attaching. You will be turning the ball some as you staple and it is surprisingly easy to lose track of where you are stapling.