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DIY Disco Ball By Girl with a Glue Gun

Posted by  ·  March 15, 2014  ·  Last Updated: March 15, 2014

My daughter is 10–and she’s very into the disco movement….

so i thought.

let’s make a disco ball….


diy disco ball from a girl and a glue gun


I bought some punch balls (package of 4 for a dollar ) total score cause I have three kids. so each got one and still had one for my disco ball!

I scrubbed some old newspapers from the neighbors….(they dug them out of their recycling bin for me)

and  I made a goopy paste of flour and water..(about 1 part flour to 2 parts water)

and started covering.

(cut newspaper into strips and put in the goop– then run it between your fingers to get said goop off and stick and rub)

disco ball how to 2

it’s not a clean project…but the fun ones never are.

disco ball how to 3

This is the exact technique I’ve used to make a pinata…but pinata needed to be sturdy enough to hold lots of candy so I did about 8 layers of newspaper. This one has about three…and dried in half the time.

Hung it up to dry…(using the punch ball string)

hanging disco ball to dry

After it was totally dry I cut a little hole in the balloon and it slowly deflated. Then I just slipped it out of the top hole. Added a little mod podge and more newspaper and covered up the remaining holes.

Then spray painted it….

spray painted disco ball


then silver

then glitter.

between coats i took some cds…

 i have a TON

(the napster movement was BIG when i was in college) and that was …ummm awhile ago.

so most of them are scratched and unreadable.

cds for disco ball

here’s what i found…the discs that have the place for you to write on….(blank ones) are horrible. the shiny part literally peels right off.

it’s much better to use REAL cds.

and also..some cracked  when cutting…and some cut smooth.

there was no rhyme or reason to which ones would be awesome. didn’t matter color..age or country vs rap. some did. some didn’t–it’s a trial by error. so good luck with that.

(i saved all those weird ones you get when buying stuff or ones you get in the mail–or even hit up your dollar store or thrift shop!)

I think I used about 25 cds!

cut up cds for disco ball

then starting at the top i just worked my way down hot gluing the squares on.

disco ball close up

HOT GLUE TIP: ( I hit it with a hair dryer to get rid of those hot glue “hairs”)

I hot glued the leftover of a middle of a cd to the top part of the disco ball where I was going to hang it for double reinforcement…and to finish it off.



then i just added a string to hang!

It does take some time to get all those stinking squares glued on…but put on a new episode of white collar and it will be done in no time!

then you can party like it’s 1999!!!

disco ball diy

and it really works! i remember the first time i hung it in my daughters room and then came in to find light everywhere where the sun hit it! it’s so much fun! I’m thinking about adding a little flash light right next to it and then i can spin the disco ball every so slowly for our own little dance party!!!disco ball

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Kimbo blogs at a girl and a glue gun–Where she puts her glue gun to good use (as well as her sewing machine and vinyl cutter.) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say cheap!) So she is constantly trying to come up iwht fast and easy crafts that won’t break the bank! She lives in Idaho withe her hot husband and 3 kids.

For more fun glue gun crafts you can check out her hopscotch mat here, a hot glue bow tie, or these fun princess bags!

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  1. Angeline Pillay
    Sunday, June 21st, 2015
    I love this. I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for a great idea!
  2. WeShipFloors
    Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
    Nice job! Never thought of using old CDs for anything... Now I will.
  3. Monday, March 17th, 2014
    Very cool! love the process... gave me some ideas for some other projects! :)
    • Margaret Tomko
      Thursday, January 18th, 2018
      I glue pieces onto cement blocks to weight down my umbrella stand on the patio or anything that tends to blow over.
  4. Sunday, March 16th, 2014
    How cute is this! I am thinking about doing a blog launch party and this would be awesome to make for the party!

    Mandy Nicole
  5. Saturday, March 15th, 2014
    Oh wow, I love this so much!!! I hope you didn't cute up any Backstreet Boys CD's, those could be worth something someday! Very clever, now I want to make one! PINNING!