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Ping Pong Lights

February 13, 2015

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Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Sometimes we need a little festiveness to make life a touch more fun and exciting! We tend to save special decorations for holidays and special occasions, but in the words of my late grandmother “you are a special occasion”. Ping pong lights are more affordable than cafe lights and it’s hard to find them as LEDs…I’m a total LED fan. You can make a set of pinger ponger lights for right at $19 and I’m not gonna lie: they make me smile whenever I see them!

Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.

Ping Pong Lights DIY

Materials:
LED string lights (make sure you use LEDs otherwise you will have a mess on your hands) I prefer the type that plug-in (I used the type with exposed wire as I like the look better)
Ping pong balls (get the cheap-o balls without writing, they’re easier to cut into)
Craft knife

Note that you might have ping pong balls bouncing about while you make this – DO NOT try to catch them with the knife in your hand like I did…that would be really dumb and dangerous.

With your craft knife carefully cut a small “x” into the ping pong ball (don’t make the “x” too large or it won’t stay on the light).

Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Gently bend the wire into a curve (you don’t want to bend it sharply) near the edge of the light (it should easily bend, if it doesn’t you’re too close to the light) and push it into the “x”.

Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Now spread the wire along the ball and gently shape it to the ball. It’s not going to stay just so, but doing this helps keep the ball on the light.

Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Follow the steps above a million times or until each light has a ping pong ball and you’re ready to display…now life is a little more exciting and it pushes life’s difficulties aside so you can enjoy the small things!

I know you’re probably in love with the artwork that the ping pong lights are framing – you can find it and many other amazing pieces by Derrick Castle here on Etsy.

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Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.
Craft up these super fun ping pong ball LED lights in a snap, perfect for party decor, Christmas or everyday cheer! A quick simple and affordable alternative to cafe lights: ping pong lights with LEDs.

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50 Comments

  • Reply Pat Liggett February 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I like this!

    • Reply Heather February 13, 2015 at 5:04 am

      Thank you Patty!

  • Reply Dona February 13, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Too brilliant! Pinned! Thanks so much, Dona

  • Reply Devon February 13, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Cute idea! A great way of sprucing up Christmas lights to use year round.

  • Reply Tarnished Royalty February 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Heather! This is incredible! I think I need a set of pinger pongers for my wine cellar! So sorry you’ve been having computer issues, ugh!

  • Reply Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods February 13, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry you are still having computer issues. Technology can stink sometimes!

    Love your little lights! My boys would love to have them in their rooms!

  • Reply Meghan February 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Reply Betty February 15, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Hi, I’m visiting from Nifty Thrifty Sunday. Your lights are very cool!

  • Reply Jeanine February 15, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    These are just wonderful. I love the look of this lil space shown here! Boy can I appreciate the techie problems and five devices just to upload one post! Pfft! Time for new comps here cuz i rarely post at all now. Thanks again for sharing, just beautiful!

  • Reply Jess February 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I feel like I should do something like this in my own bedroom. I LOVE how this turned out!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Reply Linda February 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Thanks for sharing these at What’d You Do This Weekend? My daughter is getting married in October. These would be beautiful in the trees. I better get started now!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

  • Reply Val @ Home Made Modern February 16, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    How genius!

  • Reply Heather Grow February 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    How fun, Heather. I love the look. They would be great to decorate my patio for a party.

  • Reply Mel @ Adventures of Mel February 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    These are gorgeous! Now I want to make some to drape over the milk crates I have hanging in our family room. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  • Reply Leesha @ Living Contently February 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I love the look of these lights! I have a bakers rack that these would be perfect on! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Crystal & Co. February 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

    You are kidding me?!?! This is something even I can do.

    What a clever way to think outside the box.

  • Reply Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life February 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Love these, they look so awesome!

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  • Reply laura February 18, 2015 at 11:54 am

    hi heather- this is soo cool. I love the exposed wire (thanks for the link). This project is a Friday Favorites this Thursday night over at
    Thanks for your support and would LOVE a social shoutout…. we have about 1000 ping pong balls , but something tells me I want new! laura

  • Reply Alyssa @ Piece of Home February 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    What a great idea! I’m sure it’s so much cheaper than buying stings of lights! So much prettier too!

  • Reply Megin February 19, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I love this idea, Heather!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  • Reply Creatively Homespun February 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Love these! How unique! Thanks for sharing at the Showcase your Talent Thursdays!

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  • Reply Joy @ Joy Love Food February 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Such a creative idea! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? :)

  • Reply Kassandra February 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Cute!

  • Reply Elizabeth February 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Love this idea! How beautiful and unique! Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Pinned.

  • Reply Desiree @The36thAvenue February 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Love this so much… Thank you for partying with us! I’ll be featuring it on the blog this week!

  • Reply Breanna February 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Love these so much, Heather! Featuring them Monday at YDTT :) Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kim February 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I absolutely love this idea!! We just put windows on our old screened in porch so I’ve been sprucing it up and have been looking for lights. Do you think regular Christmas lights could work too? I don’t want to burn my house down!! Thanks!
    Kim

    • Reply Heather February 23, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Hi Kim! Thank you! I would definitely stick with LEDs, regular lights would probably cause some issues. YIKES!

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    This looks incredible! I’m loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

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    So excited to feature you on A Little Bird Told Me Link Party!

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    • Reply Heather February 27, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you for the invite Lorelai!

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  • Reply Alex December 10, 2015 at 11:41 am

    This is gorgeous! Do you think you could hang something like this on a Christmas tree?

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