How to Make a Christmas Ornament Out of a Tennis Ball

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Recycle tennis balls to make homemade Christmas tree ornaments.
Recycle tennis balls to make homemade Christmas tree ornaments. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Making homemade Christmas tree ornaments is a project that can be enjoyed by the whole family. If you are an avid tennis player, instead of tossing out your dead and used tennis balls, recycle them to make inexpensive holiday decorations. With minimal tools and materials, in a short amount of time you will have several one-of-a-kind tree ornaments that will last year after year.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Glue gun with glue sticks
  • 1/4-inch metallic gold and silver twisted cord
  • Tennis ball
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Decorative satin ribbon (gold or silver)

Spread newspaper over your work area for protection. Prepare and heat up your glue gun; insert a glue stick into the gun and plug the gun into an electrical outlet.

Apply a bead of glue to the bottom of your tennis ball. Take the end of the twisted cord and press it against the glue. Hold the cord in place 30 seconds or longer to ensure it is stuck to the ball.

Squeeze out more glue and apply it clockwise, in a circular fashion, around the end of the attached cord. Only apply enough to make one circle around the cord's end. Bend, hold and press the cord against the glue while you turn the ball. Make the first circle tight around the end of the cord. Allow the glue to set before continuing.

Apply another circle of glue onto the ball next to the attached cord and repeat the process to adhere another circle of cord. The circles should be tight against each other and you should not be able to see the ball between the circles. Continue the process of gluing, wrapping and adhering the cord around the tennis ball as you work your way toward the top.

Cut the twisted cord with scissors when you have reached to top of the ball. Apply a bead of glue to the top of the ball, press the end of the cord against the glue and hold it in place until it is securely stuck to the ball.

Measure and cut 6 inches of your decorative satin ribbon. Put a dab of glue 1/4 inch in from one end of the ribbon. Take the other end and stick it to the glue so the ends overlap each other by 1/2 inch. Hold the ribbon ends together until they are sufficiently stuck to each other.

Apply a small bead of glue on top of the cord's end at the top of the ball. Finish your ornament by positioning the glued ends of the satin ribbon flat on top of the glue. Hold the ribbon in place with your fingertip until it is securely stuck to the ball. The ornament is now ready to hang on your tree.

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