Homemade Disco Ball

You can either make a polystyrene or aluminium disco ball at home using these steps.

Homemade Disco Ball

What you need

Large polystyrene ball or a Child's hard rubber ball.
Either squares of mirror which are available from craft stores or pieces of a broken or smashed mirror (not suitable for young children)
Aluminum foil cut into small squares is a great alternative.



Instructions

Glass Ball

Start by taking your ball. If you are using a rubber ball you may need to coat it with a spray paint to give it a suitable background color.

Using a silicon glass glue (available from hardware or craft stores) apply the square pieces of mirror around the ball in neat lines until the ball is covered.

If you are using broken mirrors, you may need to smash the pieces into smaller shapes. Then as neatly as possible apply them to the ball in lines. It may take several hours to dry, so it may be easier to work on a section at a time.

If you are using the rubber ball you could try super glue or hot melt. To hang your ball make a U shape out of wire and push it into the poly ball and secure with glue, or glue on some hanging cord to the rubber ball.

Aluminum ball
If you are using a rubber ball you may need to coat it with a spray paint to give it a suitable background color.

Take your foil and cut it into small squares, about 1 inch by 1 inch unless you are using a smaller ball then make your squares a suitable size.

Using white craft or wood glue, apply the square pieces of foil around the ball in neat lines until the ball is covered. Leave a small gap between each piece(this gives the effect of a mirror piece).

To hang your ball make a U shape out of wire and push it into the poly ball and secure with glue, or glue on some hanging cord to the rubber ball.

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Comments

  1. i made a disco ball for christmas.. i made it with my dad and we took a styrophome ball, covered it with fiberglass, sanded it down, cut a big piece of scrab mirror into tiny squares (about 300), covered the ball in this cement mixture and applied the pieces. it looks very nice but it was very time consuming and is now sitting in a box. for those that are making this gift for someone you know will like it, or for a specific purpose where you know it will be used, go ahead. however don’t put too much effort into it if you don’t think it will get used.

  2. I think this is pretty cool.Disco balls at the store are always over priced or don’t work
    when you take it home. You figure, the ball is going to be at least $3.00,the spary paint
    will probably cost you 3 or4 dollars, and a couple of packages of glass tiles,will probably cost maybe 10 dollars.22 bucks isn’t really that bad.

  3. Groovy!!!

  4. this could be messy, and expensive for a bunch of glass

  5. this could be hard!!!

  6. disco balls are awesome

  7. This is a great idea for people who love atention

  8. Good idea, i made a disco ball for our senior resident prom. I used a stryofaom ball, covered it with alum. foil, seperated it in segments with beads, then had the residents glue on shiny jewels(cheaper and safer than glass) they looked beautiful!

  9. it’s a briight idea_!!=) thankz_! lOl=)

  10. it is easy

  11. Thank you for sharing this with us

  12. sweet

  13. It’s to messy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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