Today, I have a special guest post for you guys about a cool DIY project you can do with your kids! I really love the look of white lights in the house and with the added effect of the ping pong ball, it looks extra nice. It’s the perfect addition to your Christmas decor. Callum, the writer of this post, lays it out for you step by step on how to create these ping pong ball lights! Hope you enjoy the post!
Ping pong ball lights are a fantastic way to brighten up a room. They’re easy to make and can be a fun project to work on as a family, so if you’re looking for something special to add to your Christmas decorations this year, this is the perfect DIY project for you.
Things you’ll need:
- Strand of LEDs
- Ping pong balls
- Precision knife
- Silicone or glue (optional)
- Tinsel or angel hair (optional)
What kind of lights can I use?
This project is an inexpensive way to make your festive decorations extra special. If you have any extra Christmas lights at home you can definitely use these, as long as they have LED bulbs which stay cool to the touch.
LED strands are available with white bulbs as well as multicolored, but the right ones for you will depend on personal preference and whichever you think will best suit your décor.
If you do decide to use lights you already have, be sure to plug them in and check all the bulbs are working before you start the project.
LEDs are also available with a battery operated switch. These are a great option if you’re planning on using the lights somewhere which isn’t close to a socket, such as in an outdoor space or as a centerpiece on a table.
How many ping pong balls will I need?
That depends on the number of bulbs on your LEDs. Shorter strands have between 10 and 20, whilst longer ones have around 100. This, again, comes down to personal preference and will depend on the place you want to hang your lights.
For instance, if you’d like to drape them along a wall, longer ones tend to look better. But if you want to add a Christmas touch to a food table then shorter ones would be more suitable.
Once you’ve decided on the lights you’re using, count the bulbs, and buy at least enough for each one. It’s always a good idea to have a few extra in case they break when you’re making a hole for the bulbs.
If you’re wondering where to get your hands on so many ping pong balls at a good price, Amazon is usually a good place to look.
Can I use them outside?
Absolutely! As long as your LEDs are rated for outdoor use, you can use ping pong ball lights to decorate your garden, balcony, gazebo, literally anywhere. It’s best to use some silicone around the entrance of the bulb to seal the balls and make them watertight.
You could also use glue, but silicone is easier to remove should you ever need to replace a bulb or ping pong ball.
Step by step guide:
- Using a precision knife, cut an X into each ball. Be extra careful if you’re holding the ball in your hand as it’s easy to slip and injure your palm. If you’re working on this project with your kids, you can place the balls in an empty egg carton to hold them in place.
- Push each bulb through the X in the ball, enough to cover the whole bulb, but not so much that it touches the inside of the ball. Repeat this process with each light.
- If you’re hanging the lights outside or need to secure the balls in place, add a little silicone around the entrance of the socket and cover the X. Allow them to dry on a flat surface before handling them again.
- These ping pong ball lights look pretty on their own, but if you’d like to make them extra festive, you can use tinsel or angel hair around the cord. This is a great way to let your kids get extra creative!
5. All that’s left to do now is to hang them up and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere they create in your home.
About The Author: Callum is the owner of LED World – an Australian based lighting design firm. In his spare time, he enjoys using his experience in the lighting industry to create craft projects for his two children. You can read more about him by visiting ledworld.com.au.