Not long ago, we were given a bunch of tennis balls. We also went to nearby tennis courts and found lots of tennis balls everywhere! “What should we do with them?” I pondered. I didn’t have to look long to find that people have, of course, found lots of useful tennis ball uses. Okay, some of them aren’t that practical to recycle, but most are pretty handy. So, if you have some in your garage or the kids’ playroom, put them to use!

15 Crazy But Useful Tennis Ball Hacks

Weird and Wacky Tennis Ball Uses

Watch our video to learn how to hack old tennis balls to make this adorable holder for important papers, money, keys, etc. It’s seriously so handy! We have one in the garage.


If you have a Monsters, Inc. fan in your home, upcycle and make this tennis ball Mike Wazowski coin holder!

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Use a tennis ball to make a Mike Wazowski coin holder from Onelmon


Make small hand weights to use on your deck, by filling a tennis ball with pennies. Every bit of exercise adds up, right? Great grip!

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Small Homemade Hand Weights from Real Simple


Fill a tennis ball with pebbles, and wrap it in rope to make this sailor’s knot doorstop and paperweight. Great decoration idea for rooms with a nautical theme. This can pass as ornaments for Christmas or a patio accent.

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Sailor’s Knot Doorstop and Paperweight from Design Sponge


Put a couple of tennis balls into old socks to make your own DIY back and neck massager. It works on pillows, too! Free back massage, focusing on your trigger points in the comfort of your home. It sounds crazy, but it works!

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Make a DIY neck and back massager with tennis balls and a sock from The Chicago Tribune


On your next laundry day, make your own scented dryer balls. Your clothes will come out so much softer when you use this trick!

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Make sure you’ve pulled into the garage far enough to clear the garage door by making a tennis ball parking indicator. It’s as simple as hanging a tennis ball from the ceiling adjacent to your car’s windshield!

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Glue some tennis balls to a door or screw them onto the wall to hang your shoes and walkers. Perfect for wet weather when you need to let your shoes drip dry!

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Slice a tennis ball in half to remove hot bulbs from the socket after they’ve burned out.

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Use a cut tennis ball to remove a hot light bulb from Real Simple


Did you know you could remove scuff marks from wood floors with a tennis ball on a stick? Stick an old tennis ball on a broom handle, and voila!

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Use tennis balls to remove scuffs from a wood floor from A Geeky World


You probably remember this trick from school. Not only do tennis balls on the chair legs prevent scuffing, but they muffle noise when kids move around, too. It’s an oldie, but a goodie!

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Toss a few tennis balls into your pool to absorb oils from sunblock, etc. Wash them each week, and reuse them! A very effective and safe pool cleaner. Share this hack to your residents and friends that are swimmers.

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Manage cables and wires with tennis balls. They’ll never drop behind your desk again!

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Cut a slit in a tennis ball, add some treats, and let your dog have a ball… literally!

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Make a stand for your phone ,or a mini tripod, using a tennis ball as a mold for the concrete. Or, just create one from a tennis ball and skip the concrete. Either way works!

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Clever Uses for Tennis Balls

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