tennis ball wreath red door

This wreath was inspired by the adorable baseball wreath that I pinned from The Pinterest Project. I’ve been looking for used baseballs for a few weeks, but haven’t come across any in my thrifting. What I did come across was right in my own garage. My son is a tennis coach and this cart full of balls has been sitting in my garage all winter. That means that they are flat and will have to be replaced for the summer tennis camps. You know what I was thinking, right? They were either going to a landfill or being turned into a craft project. The craft project won.

cart of tennis balls

I started by picking out a few balls and making them into a circle about the size I wanted for the wreath.

tennis balls in a circle

I put each ball into the vice grip and used a long drill bit to drill through the ball. I really had to press down because tennis balls are pretty rubbery. That’s why I used the vice grip. (Don’t worry – I told you these balls were already dead.)

tennis ball in vice grip

Next, I just straightened out a wire hanger and threaded it through all the balls. Getting the hanger through the first hole is easy, but for the second side, I had to play around with it a bit to find the second hole so the hanger would pop out on the other side of the ball.

tennis balls on wire hanger

Once the balls were on the hanger, I twisted the hanger together at the top.

twist hanger together for tennis ball wreath

I added a red bow and hung it on my door. I know tennis isn’t a seasonal sport for most people, but it is for me. I only play in the summer when I take lessons from my son. So this is a seasonal wreath for me. I can’t wait for my lessons to start!

tennis ball wreath on red door

tennis ball wreath on red door

UPDATE: I turned this wreath into a Christmas wreath. To see that tutorial, click here.

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5 Responses to Tennis Ball Wreath

  1. Jenny says:

    So cute! My husband graduates in two weeks with his degree in physical education. This would be a perfect wreath to celebrate his accomplishment. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  2. Christine says:

    I just love it!!!! I’ve NEVER seen a wreath like this before! Very original!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  3. Lauren says:

    How cute is this! Our neighbors/good friends are tennis coaches so this would be a perfect little gift for them. Might just have to try it as a welcome home present when they return from teaching up north for the summer.

    I would love it if you’d share this at my new link party, Off the Hook:
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/introducing-off-hook-1.html

  4. Love it! We love tennis at our house, so this will be a fun project.

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