Glow in the Dark LED Ping Pong Ball




Introduction: Glow in the Dark LED Ping Pong Ball

Create a glow in the dark LED ping pong ball with several simple steps.

Step 1: Materials

You will need the following materials:

  • Ping Pong Ball
  • LED (5mm or 10 mm)
  • 3V Battery
  • Tape
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Razor

Step 2: Preparing the LED

LEDs have a positive and negative wire. You will need to put the battery between the wires. If you press the wires to the battery and nothing happens, this means that you need to switch the wires as you have an incomplete circuit.

You will tape the wires to the battery which will cause the LED to stay on. Even after the battery will die, the LED will still continue to work. Consider recycling the LED when your ping pong stops glowing.

Step 3: Preparing the Ping Pong Ball

Ping pong balls are pressurized so as you put slice a small hole in the ping pong ball try to hold the ball lightly. This make take several times to get it right without causing the ball to dent. A good razor and not cutting on the seam of the ping pong ball will help.

Next place the lit LED into the slot that you have cut in the ping pong ball.

Step 4: Finishing the Glow in the Dark Ball

Now you have the lit LED in the ping pong ball so the last step is to use low temp hot glue to seal the hole. After applying the hot glue, lightly squeeze the hole closed to create a good seam.

You now have a Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Ball that will last for several days. Consider recycling the LED when the battery dies.



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    11 Discussions

    Hmmm the ball is not great it is good but I wish that it would colour change and it would be used in a golf ball because I play golf at night so It would be nice if you could bake it glow a bit because it's hard to see!

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    If you'd like your golf balls "glow" at night, I suggest you visit the website of! You could mix the "electroluminiscent" powder with ordinary white glue & paint it over the golf balls. The "EL" actually has different colors to choose from. I'm saving up to buy 10 kilos of EL blue powder to mix with my preferred car paint, then paint the entire car! To recharge it, just stay under bright lights (gas station) for 15 mins, & you are fully charged! Ha! who needs a "tron cycle" when my car glows!

    Oh no bake WRONG! It was make

    I made this off a similar post. The one I used was for "floaties" and I used plastic golf balls instead (cheaper). They were for in the woods with me. Larp approved! I'm making more this weekend to hang from the trees for at night. Fun times!

    I remember something very similar from when I was a kid.

    I think they came from the magic shop. They only lit up when held in your hand.

    They had two rivets on the bottom, so that when placed in your hand the connections were bridged and lit up.

    Shouldn't be too hard to adapt this if someone wanted to...

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    I love that idea. I hope that you consider creating an instructable on it.

    I don't see why not. Try it and let me know because I was thinking of using it for games too.

    Very cool! I love the first image - the ping pong ball really POPS!