Being an avid tennis enthusiast, you must have already stockpiled a stash of bounce-less tennis balls that you couldn’t toss out because they all entail your favorite memories.
Luckily, now you can give those worn balls a new life just by refurbishing them following our given ideas.
Yes, to address your wonder – what to do with old tennis balls, here we’ve put together some creative, interesting, and easy-to-make ideas that are sure to add more meaning to your favorite balls.
For your convenience, we’ve also embedded all the necessary instructions along with the ideas. So, without any further ado, let’s get down to them.
5 Things to Do With Old Tennis Balls
1. Decorate a Wreath
During Christmas, competing over crafting unique wreaths is pretty common among neighbors. And, a wreath made of tennis balls is such a unique creation that is surely going to make you the winner in this race. Because, of course, this is not something we see every day.
So, let’s get into the specifics of how to make a tennis wreath to surprise your neighbors this coming Christmas:
- A wire wreath
- 10+ tennis balls
- Glue gun
- Burlap bows
- First, cut open one end of the wire wreath
- Then, insert each ball one by one until the entire wreath is covered
- Now, seal the open end of the wire by twisting it
- Next, wrap the tinsels around the balls of your choice
- To give the finishing touch, patch up the bows on each ball with the glue gun
2. Craft a Rattle Toy
When it comes to newborn toys, the first thing that comes to mind is a rattle toy. As you know, when you purchase it from a kid’s shop, it charges you a whopping amount, whereas most of the time it turns out that the edges are not pretty smooth.
Unlike that, tennis balls are smooth all around, and also crafting a rattle toy out of them won’t cost you a dime. So, let’s learn the knack of making it –
- A tennis ball
- Small wooden beads
- Needle and thread
- Trim the ball well so that no shabby hair remains
- Then, carefully cut a slit in the middle
- Pour the wooden beads inside
- Now, sew the slit tightly
3. Devise a Unique Wristband
Repurposing old tennis balls into wristbands is definitely one of the most interesting refurbishing ideas you can ever come across.
We can bet, being a tennis buff, you certainly have always yearned for stuff that is made with the tennis theme.
So, this is your chance to make one for yourself, so let’s make a tennis wristband just as you’ve always desired. Here are the details of making it –
- A tennis ball
- Measuring tape
- Marking chalk
- First, trim the ball to the hair level you want
- Now, with the measuring tape measure your wrist size
- According to the measurement, draw two lines on the ball
- Subsequently, cut carefully following the marked lines
4. Furnish a Key Holder
Keyholders are usually hung next to the main door of your house so that you can easily get the keys or bring them back as you head in or out of your home.
So, while it’s practically a must-have for any home, the trouble is finding a key holder that suits your home style. Especially, when you’re looking for something out of the ordinary it becomes more challenging.
But to your awe, a key holder made out of old tennis balls is not only going to complement the theme of your home but will also add a groovy feel to it.
- Tennis balls
- Liquid dye
- A thin plank, polished
- Cyanoacrylate adhesive
- Glitters/ Beads/ Gemstone
- Key hooks
- Take the liquid dye color of your choice
- Soak the balls in the paint jar for about 20 minutes
- After that, bring them out and set them to dry
- Once dried, décor it with beads or gemstones as you like
- To bring a shiner touch, sprinkle glitters on top
- Finally, stick them to the plank and attach the hooks
5. Make a Pin Holder
Pins are likely to lose easily, for that, tucking them in a handy pin holder is the best way to keep them in place. Although, a pin holder is the smallest crate of your dressing table yet purchasing one from the market would cost you big bucks.
To your amusement, you can completely cut this spending if you have an old tennis ball and a wad of cotton wool at home.
Not to mention, the process is again super easy, so without any further ado, let’s have a look –
- A tennis ball
- A wad of cotton wools
- A short piece of cloth
- Needle and thread
- Instant adhesive
- Cut the ball into half
- Take one part and apply glue to its inner part
- Now, fasten cotton wools inside by squeezing
- Add as much cotton needed to achieve a dense tummy
- Once the cavity is full to the brim, layer the cloth piece on top and sew the edges
Our article is inspired to provide readers with ideas about what to do with old tennis balls.
If you happen to be hoarding your old tennis balls for years, then this article will show you the best ways to refurbish them into creative and useful stuff.
So, try out the hacks and help your creative side to leap into reality. Already completed a DIY, let me know in the comment 🙂
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My name is Reagen and I started AllTennisGear (earlier AllTennisShoes) as a way to share my humble experience and help new Tennis players. Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day here and know that your feedback is always welcome.