Score Big With 14 Ways to Reuse Old Tennis Balls

Tennis ball lost its bounce? Don't toss it just yet! We're serving up 14 winning ideas for giving your tennis balls new life. What's not to love about that?

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Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

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Photo By: Gabriela Hardan

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Get a Grip

Having trouble opening a jar? Easily create a grip by cutting along the lines of a tennis ball. You'll be shocked just how well this handy hack works.

Cash Cover Up

Discreetly hide a stash of cash or other valuables in plain sight with this genius trick. Simply cut a small line on one side of a tennis ball, insert cash, and place it in a junk drawer, gym bag or any other spot it won't feel out of place.

Googly-Eyed Gifting

Skip the boring card, and serve up a gift card or cash present in style with a DIY tennis ball gift card holder. And if you really want to score major points, car keys also fit nicely.

Stop the Skids

Protect your floors and keep squeaky chair legs quiet by placing old tennis balls on each leg. Cut a large "X" across the top of your tennis ball and insert the chair legs for non-skid, squeak-free seating.

Organization Is Key

Organize your life on the cheap with an upcycled command center that can be easily customized to fit your needs. Add a cut along the top to hold mail, or make your cut in the middle to give keys a happy home. This idea also works perfectly for craft or office supplies when you cut a large hole in the top for pens, pencils, scissors, etc.

Up Your Desk Game

Which is worse: cords taking over your workspace or cords that are constantly falling behind your desk? With this winning solution, you don't have to choose! Cut a slit in the front and back of a tennis ball to slide your cord through. They'll easily move along the back of the desk, and cords can be pulled through when needed and pushed back in when not in use.

Balloon Bestie

Forget buying balloon weights, and anchor your colorful helium holders with a simple tennis ball. Cut an "X" on top, and add rocks or pennies to weigh it down. Then just add your balloon strings for an easy upcycle that gets the job done.

Dry Season

If you're tired of wasting money on dryer sheets and want a healthier alternative for your laundry, try wrapping a tennis ball in aluminum foil. The foil will help discharge static, while the ball will fluff clothes for a more even, faster dry. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil to the tennis ball before wrapping and every so often between uses.

Massage in a ... Tube Sock

Your sore back and aching feet have met their match. Pop a few tennis balls into an old sock for a self-massager that works wonders on your back, neck and shoulders. Or, use a single tennis ball underfoot for a simple massage that offers surprisingly effective relief. Bonus: Bring a tennis ball in your carry-on bag for use in-flight to help with circulation and sore muscles.

Scuff Remover Extraordinaire

Did you know that by simply adding a tennis ball to the end of your broomstick, you can both remove floor scuffs and get rid of cobwebs that would otherwise be out of reach? Essentialy, every broom should already come with a tennis ball attached.

Mallet Makeover

A hammer is likely part of your home toolkit. A mallet? Not so much. Turn any hammer into a makeshift mallet by popping an old tennis ball on the end. Sure, it's not ideal as a permanent solution, but for those of us that rarely need a mallet in our lives, it'll do the trick.

Clean Pool Protectors

Spend less time cleaning the pool and more time enjoying your summer with the aid of a few tennis balls. Just toss your tennis balls into the pool, and they'll skim off oils and dirt from the surface. Remember to wash between uses, and you have yourself a handy dandy helper.

Let's Kick It

Bikers around the world rejoice! Easily keep your kickstand from sinking into soggy ground by cutting a slit into a tennis ball and popping it on the end of your kickstand.

Queen of Curves

Sanding around curves just got a whole lot easier with the help of a tennis ball plus sanding paper. Just wrap the ball in paper and get to work. It's really that easy!

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