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My dog Boone is a very playful guy. He loves chasing squirrels, jumping all over his humans and most of all, playing never-ending games of fetch. His medium of choice is a yellow Penn tennis ball. At any given time, after hearing the phrase, “Where’s your ball?” he will set off at a run until he pulls one of the many tennis balls lying around out of its mysterious hiding place (too often it can be found in my basket of once-clean laundry…thanks, Boone). But when the ball goes flat, it seems a waste to just throw it away. That’s when these tennis ball crafts (and a lot of soap and hot water) really come in handy.

wall hooks

These multipurpose wall helpers are so cute! They can hold anything from jackets to mail, and they are incredibly easy to make. Just cut a line across one half of the tennis ball. Next, add two thumb tacks for eyes. Now all you have to do is attach it to the wall. I told you it was easy!

tennis ball swing

My favorite of all the tennis ball ideas has to be this clever swing from Apartment Therapy. It’ll take about 50 balls to complete the look, so start collecting now – and maybe ask your tennis-playing friends to donate to the cause (just promise them a turn!).

tennis ball window planters

Use tennis balls as mini plant holders. Cut a hole in the top and add a smaller hole for drainage. To attach these sporty planters to a window as shown above, just add a suction cup to the back. Voila!

tennis ball fall decor

If you’d rather disguise your excess tennis balls, this craft will be the perfect addition to your autumn decor. Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous just glued twine to a few old tennis balls and got a brand new look that added needed texture to her front room. Add a mustard-colored plate, and you’ve got the perfect accent piece for fall.

diy dog toy

Is your dog as obsessed with the tennis life as mine? Dress up his regular tennis ball for a more fun and stylish alternative. All you’ll need is an old tennis ball, a t-shirt or other fabric, ribbon and scissors. Head on over to Ammo the Dachshund for the full tutorial.

cable management

Maybe the most useful of all the ways to upcycle a tennis ball is this innovative cable management system. Cut two lines along opposite sides of the ball, insert your laptop, iPod or phone cord, and let it do all the rest of the work for you. No longer will you be stuck digging under your dark desk while your phone is on its last leg. Who knew tennis balls could solve so many problems?

Now that you’ve got so many ideas bouncing around in your head, it’s time to choose your favorite. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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