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LED Bubble Balls

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I used to ship a lot of computer equipment for my work. We would end up with a lot of small pieces of bubble wrap that weren't good for very much. One time, I wrapped a piece up in a tight ball with some packing tape and the Bubble Ball was born.

Soon, we realized that it's an excellent office toy. It's about the weight of a Wiffleball, but it's the size of a softball so it can't be thrown very hard. It's made of bubble wrap so its very soft and unlikely to hurt anyone. The irregular surface of the ball makes it curve an incredible amount. We found ourselves tossing them around or bouncing them off each others' heads all the time.

My daughters won some junky LED necklaces at the town carnival. The squishy covers on the necklaces tore off within 10 minutes, but I kept the LEDs from inside so I could reuse them. I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to introduce the Bubble Ball to the world.


 
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Step 1: Flashing LEDs

My daughters won these flashing necklaces at the town carnival. Before they went on another ride they had torn the covers off them. I held onto them because they were really bright and the mechanism still worked fine. I decided to put them inside an office toy I invented called the Bubble Ball and see how they worked.

To make a bubble ball, all you need is 1 square foot of bubble wrap and some light weight packing tape.
bajablue3 years ago
What a FUN idea! Good Luck to you!!!!
tdew3 years ago
That looks like a fun toy and easy to make too. Thanks