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Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights: How to Save Money and Make DIY Christmas Lights

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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!

And I make DIY Christmas decorations, like my chalkboard signs, my Random Acts of Kindness Advent, and my Card Displays.

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!

diy lights ping pong balls led

Materials Needed to Make Ping Pong Ball Lights for the Holidays

For this project, I used a strand of LED lights, some ping pong balls, a drill, and a hot glue gun. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes from start to finish! 

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.

Sure, I’ve figured out how to make super classy faux garlands for my bannisters (not to mention my edible chocolate 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.

DIY Christmas lights with ping pong balls

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! 

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DIY Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights

DIY Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights

Make your Christmas more energy efficient with these DIY Ping Pong Ball Christmas Lights using energy efficient LED Christmas lights.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 1 string of LED Christmas Lights
  • 1 to 2 packages of white or multicolor ping pong balls or beer pong balls


  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Drill or poke a hole in each ping pong ball. Make sure the hole is big enough for the LED bulb to fit through
  2. Fit each ping pong ball over the LED bulbs.
  3. Use a hot glue gun to attach each ping pong ball to the base of each LED light with a thin strip of glue.
  4. 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!

If you liked this idea, please share it!

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.

laura ashe

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

hi love the ping pong ball idea. I have a round plastic rain barrel that I would like to incorperate the ping pong ball idea but need some ideas for a pattern to set outside my door the barrel stands about 4 feet thanks for any comments or ideas l ashe


Friday 13th of December 2013

What a cool idea! And your garland looks great. Looking forward to hearing more of the ideas as you go along.


Thursday 12th of December 2013

I would've never thought of this. Love this idea!

Jessica @ Decor Adventures

Thursday 12th of December 2013

I love all those electrical gadgets that make outdoor lighting easier! We have a wireless remote - best invention ever!

And super cute idea with the ping pong balls! It adds some nice pizzazz to the lights :-)

fieldstone hill design

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

no way! you are so smart!! ping pong balls!!

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