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Hanging Bubbly Ball Decorations

These festive ornaments are reminiscent of Champagne bubbles rising to the top of a glass -- perfect for a New Year's Eve bash. They may look fancy, but the spheres are made from two commonplace, inexpensive materials: foam balls and baking cups.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2010


You'll need two or three packages of baking cups for each ball. We used 65 mini cups for a 3-inch foam ball, 95 for a 4-inch ball, and 180 standard-size cups for an 8-inch ball.


  • Curved upholstery needle

  • Monofilament

  • 3-inch, 4-inch, and 8-inch foam balls

  • Pencil

  • Mini and standard baking cups

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Ribbon, for hanging

  • Removable adhesive hooks (such as Command hooks)


  1. Use the needle to thread monofilament into the ball and out again. Knot the monofilament, creating a loose loop from which to tie ribbon.

  2. Place the pencil eraser in the center of a baking cup, and bunch the cup around pencil. Hot-glue the cup to the ball, pressing with eraser to adhere to ball. Repeat, covering the ball.

  3. Hang from ceiling with ribbon and removable adhesive hooks.

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