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A sparkle ball valentine

Mastered sparkleballs? Here's a new twist. It's a heart-shaped sparkleball (approx 14 x 11 inches) perfect for surprising your sweet on St Val's Day!



  • Step 1

    Before you begin, look over the steps and photo tutorial for a sparkleball. The materials and method are much the same.

    With a hot soldering iron, poke a 1/2" hole in the bottom of all 50 cups. Divide cups into two groups of 25.

  • How to make fairy lights. Sparkleheart - Step 2
    Step 2

    Arrange 13 cups in a circle. How these cups are joined together will turn them into a heart-shape, so the next steps are crucial.
    At left is a diagram I made of the first layer, with arrows showing where cups will be joined. The red dots are where lights will go. To see a larger diagram, go to my sparkleball website. (Google sparkleball.)

    Be patient and let each solder joint cool completely before moving on.

    Join the 2 top cups, #1 and #2 at top rims only. This forms the top of the heart. Join the next 6 cups-- adding 3 on each side-- at cup bottoms only.

  • How to make fairy lights. Sparkleheart - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cups #9 and #10 are different. They're joined top and bottom to #7 and #8. Join #11 and #12 at tops only. The final cup, #13, is the heart's point. It's joined at its bottom to #11 and #12.

  • How to make fairy lights. Sparkleheart - Step 4
    Step 4

    The first layer should now resemble a heart. The joints must be strong enough to keep the shape as you add the 2nd layer.

    The 2nd layer has 9 cups. Add #14 at the top, first. Nestle it into the space between #1 and #2. It may almost point upward. This forms the heart's center dip. Now place the other 8 cups around the 1st layer, continuing the heart shape. These 9 cups probably won't touch each other but will attach to the layer below.

  • Step 5

    Fit the last 3 cups into the open space before you solder them. When you're happy with the fit, then join them in. It should now look like a fat, smashed heart.

  • Step 6

    Thread 50 of the red fairy lights into the this half. Each cup will have 2 lights inserted into the one hole. Start threading at Cup #13, the bottom one.

  • Step 7

    Build the second half exactly like the first. NOTE that on a heart-shaped sparkleball, you must begin and finish threading lights on Half #2 exactly as you did Half #1-- at Cup #13. (This is different than a sparkleball, where it doesn't matter since it's round, all round.) You want to be able to join the heart halves perfectly, and the lights must match up.

  • Step 8

    Join the two halves securely, taking great care not to burn the wires or lights.

  • How to make fairy lights. Sparkleheart - Step 9
    Step 9

    The finished sparkleheart will be 2-dimensional (not 3 like a sparkleball) and looks best hung against something so you can really see the heart shape. It doesn't work as well if it's free-hanging.

    Happy St Val's!

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Mickie · Grand Junction, Colorado, US · 43 projects
i try to make this but it turn out so bad. i took my time and all it didn't look like a heart shape
Mickie · Grand Junction, Colorado, US · 43 projects
u know I going to make that one day hummm so cute
Saga · Sweden, SE · 2 projects
Really nice! Keep it up Happy
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1362 projects
Wow, another gorgeous light for you. Fantastic job, you're so creative!

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