This is a fairly simple way to reuse an old tennis ball to make a fun and entertaining toy. If you've never played with a Foxtail, they are surprisingly fun. They're great for playing games like 500 and Flyer's Up, and dogs just love them. If you aren't the maker type, you can buy one here:


...Or you could make one yourself!

Step 1: What you'll need

An old tennis ball
Some scrap fabric (preferably lightweight nylon)
Sewing machine
Dental floss
Sewing needle
Needle-nose pliers (maybe)
<p>Child-Proof / Safety-For-All version of Yard Darts!!</p>
This looks soooooooo cool! I'm definatly gonna make one!
My Nanna helped me make one from an old sock and a tennis ball for our Border Collie when I was little... We just put the ball into the sock, tied a knot, and done! It's still going strong after 13 years and gets a good distance on it :) The no-sew version :D
Thanks for this! I have a Dane/Shepherd who loves to play fetch, but since *cough*thesamedog*cough* tore my rotator cuff on my throwing arm, I suck at it. I bet I could get this going, though. Awesome.
Sorry for being dumb, but what do you do with this?
I have a pit bull<br>and a husky<br>and a german shepard<br>and a puppy<br><br>yeah these are great X3 <br><br>(fetch if u havent figured it out
you could use it also as a poi<sup></sup><br/>
You get the very skinnny bit of material, spin it around like a sling, then let go to see it go flyyyyyyyyiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing. It goes really far and is really fun if you got a nice big oval to play on.
Oh, that's AWESOME. How can something so simple seem so fun?
Ahhh, 'tis a mystery... Although you're 100% right on that one :D
you spin it, let it fly, and watch your dog go crazy.
I just made one and have two more in the works... I tossed it about a bit last night and I cant wait to take it to the lake to play with. <br /> I am also including it in a Christmas gift since our family agreed to hand make gifts for our Christmas gift exchange so keep an eye out for my Instructable on a huge toss game mash-up...<br />
Great instructable by the way.
This reminds me of these weapons that the bad guys used in a book in the Redwall series.&nbsp; They were called fire swingers.&nbsp; They wrapped a rock in grass and whatnot,&nbsp; tied it to a rope, soaked it in oil,&nbsp; and lit it up!&nbsp; The reason this 'ible reminded me of it was that they would swing it around and around and let go to light the place on fire, kind of like this, except you probably won't use these for lighting places on fire.<br /> <br />
this is asome my friend had one a couple yaers ago and it rippen and we couldn't them in the stores so no i can make one YAY!!!!!
awwww shweet! these are just like little kids practice poi! but i geuss you can throw them and make the look cool as well.
I love playing with Foxtails! Great fun indeed.
AWESOME!! the Intro picture deserves a "Feature" let alone the actually write-up. Well done, I am definitely making some of these!!
I second that - perfect featureable!<br/><br/>I'd like to note that tennis balls are pressurized, so puncturing all the way to the center *could* be a bad thing, but in this case its just being used as 'weight' for foxtail games. If you want to retain a lot of the bounce of the tennis ball, make sure you only go partway into the rubber of the ball!<br/><br/>5* from me.<br/>

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