Two Tutorials: Tennis Ball Picture Holder & Dish Set

By Brittni • Updated on 02/12/2024


A (very) long time ago, I played tennis. I don’t play anymore, but I still have balls lying around from way back when. So I thought I would put them to good use. I came up with two simple tutorial projects that cost next to nothing to make. This first one is a one-step picture holder (above). All you will need is a tennis ball and something sharp to cut with. I used a really sharp knife…a handsaw would work great too.



Using a sharp knife or handsaw, cut a slit in the tennis ball that extends roughly a third of the way down the ball. Then stick your favorite photo in the slit and enjoy! Tip: If the ball is rolling around at all, put some pennies or pebbles in the inside to weight it down. This will prevent rolling.



And the second project is just as simple. You will again need one tennis ball and a sharp knife, but this time you will cut the tennis ball completely in half. Like this…

tennis ball tutorial papernstitch

Now you have two little dishes for small odds and ends. This is perfect for office supplies. I use it for my collection of erasers.

tennis ball tutorial papernstitch

By the way the tiny prints I used for the holder are from Ez of Wren and Chickadee and the See America print is from Amy of Aqua Velvet.

Looking for more ideas for quick weekend projects? Click here to visit the tutorials page filled with more than 25 easy diy’s.

13 comments | Click here to reply

Hi, im doing a GCSE controlled assessment, for ICT and need to get 3 up cycled ideas and due to rules i cannot just take an image so please can i use your images and the idea? thank you


its actually A REALLY GOOD IDEA 😛

Owen Wilson

Hi i was also wondering, would it be okay to use this idea in my coursework?

Dillon chohan

very creative! something i would like to do during my bonding time with the kids. thanks for the ideas!


I love this idea it is great

Chris B

Hi Paperstitch,

I am doing GCSE ICT Controlled Assessment and I need to find upcycled products that are suitable for my project, and I would really like to use your idea of a ‘Tennis Ball Photo Holder’ with, of course, full accreditation to you.
Please could you let me know if you are happy for me to use your idea in my coursework.

Many Thanks,
Amandeep K


Hi Hamzah. Yes, that’s fine. As long as you are not taking credit for creating the tutorial, I am cool with it.


hi, I am doing a controlled Assessment for my ICT gcse’s and I wanted to use this idea in my coursework. Basically, I’m in the same situation as “Sall S” and i was hoping to get your permission of using this in my coursework .
thank you 🙂


I just emailed you about this Siya. 🙂


I am doing a GCSE ICT Controlled Assessment and my task is to find three upcycled products to use for my project and I was wondering if I could use your Tennis Ball Photo Holder idea as a part of my project.
I would like your permission to use your idea. I will reference this website and acknowledge you wherever needed.
Yours sincerely

Siya S

blad tennis BALLZ y da fuk wuld u wanna make dat


What great ideas. Very innovative. I will never look at a tennis ball the same way again :))


What great ideas. Very innovative.

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