I don’t know why but I am drawn to the look of ping pong balls….what is that all about? Maybe they bring back childhood memories when Mr. Moose repeatedly dropped ping pong balls on Captain Kangaroo but I doubt it. I think the smooth white surface feels like a unique modern palette that is begging to become something.

I decided to make holiday lights with…you guessed it….ping pong balls. Here are step by step instructions if you want to make them yourself.

Shopping List:

  • Battery Powered Christmas Lights- IKEA had this small set for around $3, they have a white cord which is perfect for this project
  • Ping pong balls
  • Nail polish remover
  • Drill and bits
  • Non-flammable adhesive silicone
  • Paper Towel
  • Protective gloves

Step-By-Step Instructions

1.) Prepare the Ping Pong Balls by removing the stamp on them. Do yourself and your family a favor and go outside for this. Wearing your gloves, pour a little nail polish remover into a paper towel and with it resting in your palm, twist that ping pong ball back and forth in your hand like your rubbing a bullies face in a pile of snow. The stamp will rub right off into the paper towel

2.) Take a small drill bit and drill a hole in one side of the ball to give yourself a starting point. Use a large bit just slightly bigger than the light on the strand and drill a bigger hole in the exact same place. If you try to start with a big hole, the hole is not as clean.


3.) Place the ball around the light and use a small glob of silicone adhesive to hold it in place.


4.) Let dry and hang them somewhere pretty!





Yippee! This tutorial was featured at www.sugarbeecrafts.com and www.boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com! Thanks Mandy and Mary!

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