Ping Pong Glow Lights

My room shines a little brighter thanks to this easy-to-make light string. With a few supplies, I was able to customize the light string to match my space. Another great perk is that I can swap out the ping-pong balls throughout the year with other designs to match the seasons and holidays. The shapes and patterns work great now, but in a few months, a summer beach ball or fireworks will be perfect. Though I have to admit, the best part of the whole project is turning on the lights to see how amazing all your hard work looks when the light string glows!

  1. Ages: 9 - 16

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Tip

    It is important to use LED lights because these do not get hot when used with the ping-pong balls.

  • Step 2

    If you have multi-colored ping-pong balls, plan out a pattern for your light string before attaching your ping-pong balls to the LEDs. Make sure you have enough ping-pong balls for the project.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Take a pair of scissors or an X-Acto knife and carefully puncture a hole into the ping-pong ball. Be very careful not to hurt yourself here! You may need to puncture the hole multiple times to get the hole large enough for the LED to go through. I used scissors to make an "X" slit. My holes were about 1/4-inch, which worked well for attaching and detaching the ping-pong balls. Repeat this step for all the ping-pong balls you plan to use.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    If you'd like, take a permanent marker and draw designs on your ping-pong balls. Let the marker ink dry before you touch them again to avoid smudges. 

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Tip

    Draw away from the punctured hole as this portion of the ping-pong ball will be covered by the wires of the LED light string and may cover your designs.

  • Step 5

    Once all your ping-pong balls have been punctured, take one ping-pong ball and push the LED light through the hole on the ping-pong ball to attach them to the light string.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Repeat step 5 for all the ping-pong balls that will go on your LED light string. As mentioned before, I would suggest planning your pattern before attaching the ping-pong balls. I didn't do this and spent extra time taking the ping-pong balls on and off.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    You are done! Now you can show off your glowing light string.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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