How To Create Fairy Lights Using Ping Pong

Are you thinking of redecorating? Most people tend to overlook the significance of lighting when it comes to transforming a space. But lights are in fact the easiest way to add charm and character to your home.

With a little time and money, you can spruce up your home with a simple do-it-yourself project like ping pong ball lights.

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Ping pong balls make great diffusers that when tiny led lights are placed inside, they emit this soft and comforting glow. Though it’s an ideal decor, you can really just hang it in the living room all year round. They can complement any color scheme and blend with whatever décor you have.

This do-it-yourself project is so easy that even amateur crafters won’t break a sweat during the process. You can finish the project within half an hour and you probably already have the materials you need. If you don’t, it still won’t cost you a lot.

What you need:

  • Ping Pong balls
  • A string of LED lights (white or colored)
  • Precision knife
  • Glue (optional)

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Step 1: Gather All the Materials

Before anything else, decide if you want white, colored, or multicolored LED lights. Clear LEDs will emit a soft white glow and will have a more neutral feel to it. Hence, if you want to highlight your décor, this should be a wise choice. But if you want a scene stealer, opt for colored or multicolored lights.

Next, decide where you want to display the lights and measure the length you will need. Shorter strands will have at least a dozen lights but longer ones can have around a hundred. This is important because it also determines the amount of ping pong balls you will need.

Step 2: Poke Holes

There are several ways to cut into ping pong balls. Though this tutorial recommends a precision knife, you can use nails or drill bits. Just remember that whatever you opt to use, the hole must be large enough for the LEDs to pass through.

If you’re using a knife, cut a little X into your ping pong ball, away from their seams. Then, carefully push the LED bulbs through.

Step 3: Glue

Though this step is optional, it’s highly recommended especially if you plan on displaying the lights outside of your house. By securing the lights with glue, you can prevent rain or dirt from getting inside.

This tutorial recommends the basic materials you will need to create ping pong ball lights but you can always experiment and add a personal touch to the decor with watercolor, black or colored markers, and flowers, to name a few.

This is a guest post written by Callum Mundine from in Australia. He co-owns the business with his brother and is a chief lighting designer. In his spare time, he enjoys making fun DIY project for his children.