Frugal and Creative Uses for Old Tennis Balls

Last Updated on October 8, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster

My husband and son have been playing on a tennis team and taking lessons for years. As a result, we spend a lot of money on tennis balls! Serious tennis players will only play one match with a can of balls. They lose pressure and don’t bounce quite the same after they have been used for a while. This means that I am always looking for creative uses for old tennis balls since we have so darn many of them! I thought I would share a few ideas on how to reuse tennis balls in case you have as many of them as I do. From tennis ball crafts to creative life hacks with old tennis balls, you won’t throw away another one after reading this post!

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 Wondering how to reuse tennis balls when they get old? Here are a few creative uses for old tennis balls that may help you use them again and again!

Creative Uses for Old Tennis Balls

According to Wikipedia, each year approximately 300 million tennis balls are produced. That contributes roughly 20,000 metric tons of waste in the form of rubber that is not easily biodegradable. Basically, our landfills are FULL of tennis balls! So, what can we do with them other than giving them to the dog or toss them in the trash? Here are a few ways to reuse tennis balls that I have come across over the last few years. Of course, if you have a dog, you may not need to find any other ways to reuse old tennis balls. If you DO have a dog, consider getting a tennis ball launcher for dogs and give them a real workout!
Wondering how to reuse tennis balls when they get old? Here are a few creative uses for old tennis balls that may help you use them again and again!

How to Reuse Tennis Balls

Wondering how to reuse tennis balls that have lost their bounce? Try one of these ideas!

In the laundry:

Fluff up down-filled comforters and clothing. Toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer with down vests, jackets, pillows and comforters to break up clumps of down and restore their ‘fluffiness’. I like to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the tennis balls before tossing them in with the laundry. Makes everything come out smelling wonderful!

In the pool:

Float two or three tennis balls in the pool to absorb swimmers’ body oils. Replace the balls every two weeks.

At the gym:

Create a “gym safe.” Make a two-inch slit along the seam of a tennis ball and insert valuables in it while working out at the gym. Keep the ball in the gym bag with other sporting gear.

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On your bike:

Prevent a bicycle kickstand from sinking into the grass or mud. Make a slit in a tennis ball and put it over the end of the kickstand.

In the garden:

If they are split or worn out,  cut them in half and create slug collectors. Leave them in strategic locations in the garden and then collect the slugs. After a good rain, the ball will stay damp for quite a while and you will be amazed at how many garden pests will end up on them.

Wondering how to reuse tennis balls when they get old? Here are a few creative uses for old tennis balls that may help you use them again and again!

Donate them:

Donate them to a school to put on the bottoms of chair and table legs. Makes things MUCH quieter in the classroom! You can also donate them to a local nursing home for use on residents’ walkers. They make the walkers easier to push around for people who aren’t strong enough to lift them.

Use them for crafts:

Tennis balls come in really handy for an assortment of kids crafts. Check out these tennis ball crafts on Pinterest for some inspiration. You can make them into everything from lamps to picture frames or use them for children’s crafts like puppets and snowmen.

In the garage:

Hang a tennis ball from the ceiling in the garage to know when to stop the car. No more bumping into the shelves!

For your next BBQ

This is one of my favorite uses for old tennis balls, especially if you are throwing a sports themed birthday party. Use old tennis balls as anchors. Fill old tennis balls with small stones and tie up your balloons and umbrellas.

For cleaning:

Use them to remove scuffs on floors. Many janitors use this trick by placing a tennis ball on the end of a wooden handled broom so it’s always handy.

Fun Tennis Ball Crafts

Fun Tennis Ball Crafts

 Wondering how to reuse tennis balls in crafts and DIY projects? Old tennis balls are a FREE craft supply to keep in your art box! Here are a few that I found on Pinterest that you might want to try.

How to make a Pokeball from a tennis ball.

Looking for more uses for old tennis balls? Head over to You can also check out a site called that will actually take your used tennis balls and re-pressurize them! You can also buy discounted re-pressurized balls from them and save yourself some money while you reduce your carbon footprint!

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  1. Oh wow…these are really great ideas! When I was in childbirth class they said to bring them to the hospital on the big day and use them for massage for mamma’s back. I never did bring any but thought it was a great idea!

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