Ping Pong Ball Lights - The Surznick Common Room

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ping Pong Ball Lights


Christmas lights are the best. I used to have colored lights all around my bedroom when I was younger. Those same lights hung all around Nick's apartment in college and then in our apartment this past Christmas. I just think they make a room feel warm, cozy, and inviting. We've incorporated Christmas lights in our apartment with our wine bottle lights, but I am always happy to welcome more!

A few months ago I saw this pin about covering Christmas lights with ping pong balls (genius, right?) I thought the colored lights they used were fun, but then I saw this photo from Arroway blog where they used white lights and I'm pretty sure I fell in love. The white lights are just so pretty. We decided to make a set of our own, and let me tell you... this is probably the quickest and easiest project we've ever done. 


Want to make a set for your home? Here's what you need!
- String of Christmas lights
- Ping pong balls
- Xacto knife

Here's what you do!
- Using your Xacto knife, carefully cut a small X in a ping pong ball.


- Push a light through the X as far as it will go.


- Repeat with your remaining lights and you're done!

We had an extra set of white Christmas lights already on hand, so no money spent there. We bought a gross (144 pack) of ping pong balls on Amazon for $12. That's all we spent. Pretty good, if you ask me. And we still have 44 balls left over for our next match of Quidditch pong. Now that's what I call a win-win.


Hope you're having an unseasonably warm Saturday like we are :)

Sarah & Nick

19 comments:

  1. So fun! Glad you did it too :) Thanks for the mention! :)

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  2. I love this. Going to the store now for ping pong balls. :)

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  3. What a good idea!
    These look just as good as pre-made ones, and probably quite a bit cheaper
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    1. there are many kinds of string lights for home on Amazon! Please check Innoo tech Brand!

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  5. Did you use Led lights so they won't get too hot and burn? Did you just put the bulb in or the whole piece? Thanks.

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    1. Hi! We didn't use LED lights, but ours don't seem to get too hot. If that's a concern, you could definitely use LEDs or just make sure not to leave the lights on for extended periods of time. We put the entire light in the ping pong ball so that no part of the bulb is touching the ball. Thanks!

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  6. Great idea. My family will think I'm a genius. Thanks for the idea.

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  7. Great idea. My family will think I'm a genius. Thanks for the idea.

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  8. OMG! My daughter has been wanting these lights in her room....we will just sneak the ping pong balls from her brothers room to make these!! LOL

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  9. I too LOVE this idea....!
    Thanks so much for sharing how you did it!

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  10. I love this for outside too ...maybe just add another hole on the opposite side to let water drain out. We make a "tree" out of our light post every year with green lights... adding a few of these to look like ornaments would be cool. Change out some of the lights to different colors. yay... cool idea thanks!

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  11. Ping Pong Balls are EXTREMELY flammable.

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  12. As much as I love this idea -- it is just so darn cute -- I have to agree with Anne Wright -- Ping Pong balls are EXTREMELY flammable. That's because they are made of celluloid, just like old-time movie film. So, enjoy your lights, but bear in mind that if they burn they will burn hard and fast. P.S. I still think you're genius. :)

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    1. Thanks for your concern, but we haven't had any issues with our bulbs!

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