Foto Friday. . .Times Square Ball

The Times Square Ball we made for the VBS Previews has taken on a life of it’s own. Originally, I wanted to create a “Times Square Ball” that we could use in the Preview events and “drop” (just like the real Times Square Ball) at the end of each day but little did I know that it was going to be a big decoration hit!

Here’s the story. The ball was not developed as we were creating the curriculum. . .that’s why it’s not in the Decorating Made Easy book. I kinda thought of it as we were driving to our first event in Ridgecrest. Carol (my editor) and I were talking about it. . .trying to figure out how to make it. When we arrived in Ridgecrest, a group of us ran to Wal-Mart for supplies. We picked up what we thought would work, including their last box of Christmas lights! An hour before EXPO was to open, we finally started to work on the ball. . . we really didn’t know if it would work or not but it did!

Here are the supplies that I used.

  • 50-100 count Christmas tree lights
  • 55 9oz. Solo clear plastic cups
  • glue gun
  • drill (I used a 3/16″ drill bit because that is the size my lights would fit in)

I wanted to do another Foto Friday today and show how to make the Time Square Ball with photos but I think it might be easier to do it with a video! Enjoy!

You can change this up by using white lights or lights that sparkle (which might look really cool!) or even add some taller plastic cups to the ball to add some depth to the ball.

Just remember to have fun!


Update: I’ve been asked how I would drop the ball.

Honestly, we ran out of time after it was created, to figure out how best to drop the ball! The Preview event was about to start. I was determined to “drop” the ball at that first event, even though I didn’t have the right materials to do it. It was a funny, funny sight. . .me on a ladder behind the Times Square set, trying not to fall off the ladder (don’t tell my boss!), and slowly lowering it by hand!

I’ve given some suggestions in the comments field but after thinking about it, I think I’ve figured out a solution. If you have a piece of PVC pipe (I used a 1 inch in diameter piece), inserted that through the ball, in between the cups. (see photo).

Now, you should be able to pull the ball down using the extension cord. Or attach some fishing line to the ball and pull it down with that!

7 thoughts on “Foto Friday. . .Times Square Ball

  1. Great suggestion Chris! When I originally built the ball, I actually poked the entire light (with the casing) through the hole.

  2. Here are my thoughts and these have not been tested, so if you all figure out a better way, please post it! ;)

    These will require attaching the ball to the ceiling with a hook. . .
    1. you could attach some fishing line to the ball and “drop” the ball by lowering it

    2. if you use a 50 strand of Christmas tree lights, you could use the extension cord to drop the ball. This way, you will not have to worry about the extra lights (that are not in the ball) catching on the hook.

    But I think I may have figured out a solution. Go back to the post and see the update at the end.

    Thanks for the comments and question! :)

  3. I made one of the little ones last night, and I’ve started on making one with the big cups.
    FYI! If you use the big cups, you’ll need WAY more than 55!! I’ve used 96 so far…I imagine I’ll use at least another 48…going to the store later for more cups ;)

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