Introduction: LED Ping Pong Ball (Improved)

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This is basically the same design, but I made it more neater and it looks much better!!

This is the old:

Step 1: Tools

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You will need the following:

1. Drill

2. Drill Bits

3. Scissors

4. Duct Tape

Step 2: Materials

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You will need the following:

1. LED Throwie (This is the link:

2. Ping Pong Ball

3. Two Water Ballons or One Normal Balloon

Step 3: Make Hole in Ping Pong Ball

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1. Drill Hole in ball.

2. Keep on drilling until it reaches the size in the photo below.

Step 4: Cut It Bigger

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1. Get scissors and cut hole in ping pong ball to fit throwie.
-Bend throwie to make smallest hole you can without breaking ball and without making hole too big.

2. Put throwie inside of hole.

Step 5: Balloon Time!

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1. Get a water balloon and get off the top area. inside picture below.

2. Wrap balloon around ball. See picture below. Make sure to cover up hole while doing it.

3. Repeat step 2 so no part of ping pong ball is showing.

Step 6: Complete!!!!

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Enjoy it and tell me how to make it better....


Kapower (author)2010-12-05

I havent made it yet, but can u still use it to play ping pong?

MadScientist101 (author)2010-11-18

the glowing looks like its radioactive lol

cherishcherub (author)2010-02-20

 use a knife to cut a slit half way (on the  line)and you can open it up big enough for the throwie to fit in and with it closes up, theres only a ting gap!

twonkie12 (author)2010-02-14

to get it bouncy you could dut the hole so it can fit like a puzzle peice and then glue or tape it back on. i think tape would work better because it is light weight and can spread evenly without having to snad it down with sand paper.

M F (author)2008-09-13

I want a way to close the hole in the ball . so that it will bounce. maybe fill the ball with the throwie and some plastic wrap? I find that plastic wrap works well to diffuse light evenly, just crumple it up. Any better ideas to close the hole?

M F (author)M F2008-09-13

using the plastic wrap to hold the throwie while it bounces. think it will work?

Kaiven (author)M F2008-10-24

Hmm... I thought ping pong balls bounced because there was some air in them... It might work.

bassclarinet23 (author)Kaiven2009-10-12

Look up the instructable for LED bouncies...somewhat similar to this one, just bouncy!

awaite (author)2008-11-03

Can sum 1 think of a way to turn off the led?

bassclarinet23 (author)awaite2009-10-12

They make impact switches. That's how kiddie light up shoes could look into that.

lizardfreedom (author)2008-09-27

whats a LED throwie

It's basically an LED, batteries, and a magnet. You throw them on some metal surface (where the magnet will stick) and it looks really cool, especially if you put a lot of them in one public place.

Kaiven (author)lizardfreedom2008-10-24

OMG! It's the most popular Instructable on this site!

LED Throwie (This is the link:

King Crab (author)Kaiven2008-11-22

My instructable is the most popular one on the site!

cryophile (author)2009-07-24

If you could somehow add a vibration sensor to the ball and use tri-color LEDs, that would be awesome! Every time the ball hit a hard surface, it would change color!

bassclarinet23 (author)cryophile2009-10-12

Get a switch from those kiddie light up shoes. That could work.

Scar16 (author)2009-07-24

add a switch

Lance Mt. (author)2009-07-21

Hehehehehehe, Even sweetier man

shaneomacmcgee (author)2009-05-19

How big is that? Dime-sized? 1/4 inch? thanks

dcmania21 (author)shaneomacmcgee2009-05-19

i would say about the size of a pen going through

shaneomacmcgee (author)dcmania212009-05-19

Thanks, helped a lot

tterraj123 (author)2009-04-26

heres what i did and it can turn off and works with ping pong cut it directly in half so its even then put the LED throwie in it (i put 2 for a cool effect) then just tape on the seam then to turn off take off the tape :)

tudgeanator (author)2008-08-14

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! You could use these for light-up poi if you glued on a string/chain before adding the balloon!

saxophones (author)tudgeanator2008-11-29

What's a poi????

dcmania21 (author)tudgeanator2008-08-14

thanks for the idea!!

tudgeanator (author)dcmania212008-08-22

No problem.I would do it myself but i have allready bought some light-up poi. I think you would need to weight the ping pong balls before using them as poi.

chuckr44 (author)2008-10-06

Why not make a 3 sided flap in the PPB, bend it outwards, insert LED throwie, then bend flap back in place? Glue or tape flap.

dcmania21 (author)Itsgoofytime2008-06-17

no check out my other instructable i made the ping pong lights first
the link is here look at the date and compare to the other:

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