Instructions to make Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights to make your home more energy efficient this Christmas.
There are two things you should know about me for today’s post: I am both a holiday freak and a frugal nut job.
Unfortunately, those two things don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Sure, if money was no object, our house would be decked out Griswald-style. We’d be lighting up the local skies! But reality sets in fast when the electricity bill comes. And that’s when I remember money is in fact something to think about in this humble little life of mine.
Over the years, I’ve come up with a tricks to help cut costs when I’m decorating and gifting for the holidays. For example, I make cute and cheap muffin gift baskets for neighbors and make homemade gifts for family. I upgrade store bought pie ingredients with creativity!
However, one of my favorite DIY holiday decorations is my ping pong ball lights!
I hope you love them as much as I do.
Ping Pong Ball Lights with LED String Lights
One of my favorite ways to save electricity while still having awesome Christmas decorations is making Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights with LED lights.
Did you know, LED lights will drastically reduce your electricity bill?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, incandescent bulbs cost 37 times more to run than LED bulbs!
37 times more money. That’s crazy.
Using LED bulbs is pretty much a no-brainer when you’re a frugal gal like me. But also if you want to have an eco friendlier Christmas.
If you love creative decorating as much as I do, you might also feel the need to jazz up your LED Christmas lights occasionally.
I came up with this Ping Pong Ball Christmas lights project to make energy efficient Christmas decorations that are still cool and unique. And apparently I succeeded, because my kids LOVE them!
Materials Needed to Make Ping Pong Ball Lights for the Holidays
Just drill a hole in each ping pong ball that is large enough to be able to pop one of the LED light bulbs through. Once they’re drilled, you can fit them over the bulbs, and use a bit of hot glue to keep them in place.
Just be sure to use LED lights. LED lights run at a lower temperature than normal Christmas lights. Normal lights get too hot and therefore aren’t safe for this project.
Using Your Ping Pong Ball Lights in a Garland
One Christmas decorating tip I’ve developed over the years is around garlands.
But I’ve also found that having 2 different sizes of lights wrapped around a garland or tree really adds to the look, and makes it look even more special and decorative, adding extra pop to your decorations.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble or expense of buying two different strings of lights in different sizes, this DIY ping pong ball string lights hack is perfect. You can use one strand of lights, but you get two different sizes of lights for decorative effect and contrast.
Don’t they look so pretty? Even better, they are cheaper to run than standard strings of Christmas lights!
Here’s the full tutorial if you want to try this at home!
- 1 string of LED Christmas Lights
- 1 to 2 packages of white or multicolor ping pong balls or beer pong balls
- Hot glue gun
- Drill or poke a hole in each ping pong ball. Make sure the hole is big enough for the LED bulb to fit through
- Fit each ping pong ball over the LED bulbs.
- Use a hot glue gun to attach each ping pong ball to the base of each LED light with a thin strip of glue.
- Light it up and decorate as you see fit!
LED Christmas lights run at a much lower temperature than regular Christmas lights. DO NOT use non-LED lights for this project, as they will be too hot and create a hazard.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and are inspired to try making my DIY Christmas Lights!
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Note, this post was originally written as a sponsored post for Project Envolve and PPL Electric, and I’ve since updated the post to offer additional value to readers.