My favorite (and the funniest)  sparkleball video of all is John's.​  See it here:

 Christmas Sparkle Ball Timelapse

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Sparkle Balls are a decorative craft item, usually made with mini lights and plastic cups.
Sparkle balls are easy to make!

 There are lots of instructions and videos on the internet showing how to make your own!

Tom Emrich (Thank you Tom) posted an Instagram video here:

Ultimate party lights

My favorite instructions are on the Sparkleball Lady's website here:

Make the Original

You can see a video clip of the exhibit here:

 Sparkle Balls! at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 2016

Coming soon on this website will be my notes on making the Pixel sparkleball.

It's easy to do and looks good too!

The Sparkle Balls!  exhibit was in the Fiesta Hall  (The  Dark Room) of   Maker Faire Bay Area 2016, at San Mateo Event Center, May 20-22.

Various designs were shown including LED balls with microcontrollers.


Crafted with 

 WS2811 LED 50 Pixel string.

Controlled by Arduino Nano.

Thank you 

FastLED library.

Runs DemoReel100 sketch.

individually addressable


Crafted with

GE 'Color Effects'

Color Changing

light show.

GE-35 50 LED set.

individually addressable

For my videos see the SparkleBall Jones channel on YouTube!


Crafted December 2010 from 150 count 'chaser' mini-lights.

Thank you Sparkleball lady.

See her web site: