Ping Pong Ball Holiday Lights


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!





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29 thoughts on “Ping Pong Ball Holiday Lights

  1. Hey there!

    I just wanted to let you know that one of our co-hosts at The PINcentive Blog Hop chose this post as a winner, so CONGRATULATIONS! We absolutely loved the idea of this VERY unique and inspiring DIY project :o ) As a winner, I’d love to feature this post at our next hop and it will be pinned a minimum of 31 times by my team of pinners! Additionally, we’d love to have you co-host our next hop and choose our winner. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends and increase your following. You are also entitle to priority seating at our next hop which means I will add the URL of the post you’d like to link up manually :o )

    I hope you are as excited as we are! Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. Since I’m working under a rather tight deadline, your timely response would be greatly appreciated! If you decide to co-host, I’d need your 3 preferred methods you’d like blog hop participants to follow you and the URL of the post you’d like to link up this week.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you! Happy Friday!

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    • Hi Elena!
      If you wonder what it was you just heard, it was a scream of excitement coming from the East Coast! Yes…Yes….and did I mention YES!? Thank you so much for this opportunity, I love cropped and make it a priority to swing by often. I am so thrilled to be included in the PINcentive Blog Hop and co-hosting would be a huge honor!

      I sent over everything you asked for!

      Happy Friday Indeed!!

  2. I was at the dollar store last night and was very disappointed that they only had orange ping pong balls. Boo. I’m not giving up yet though. I will have ping pong lights! Haha… Anyway – I wanted to let you know that a handmade holiday link party just started up over on my blog. I would absolutely love it if you linked this and your other holiday projects up. Thanks! :)
    Alexis @ Persia Lou recently posted…Handmade Holiday Link PartyMy Profile

    • I feel your pain Alexis! I have had more ‘Orange Ping Pong Ball’ moments than I can count. I almost had a meltdown Monday at target because I needed a BOX of matches, the saleslady couldn’t understand why a box of matchbooks wouldn’t work. Target DID have white ping Pong Balls though, I think it was $13 for 38. I got a box of 36 on sale at Sears for $9.99 so keep looking. Another tip, you may want to look for the lights first, the regular ones are a bit long to fit in the ping pong ball. I got these small ones at IKEA and they were battery powered which was a huge bonus!

      Thanks for tipping me off to your linky party! I am heading over now!

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