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How to make a Money Muncher from an old tennis ball

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This project was created as a fun way to save money and create a new use for old tennis balls.  Being a very simple project that uses minimal resources, it is a great project for anyone with a tennis ball and a bit of an imagination. 

What you will need:
-Tennis Ball
-Marker
-Ziptie (or something similar that is stiff but bendable)
-X-ACTO knife

You can also watch the quick tutorial and check out how much fun this project can be here: 
 
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Step 1: The Mouth

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Step1: Cut a slot in the tennis ball in the shape of a smile using an X-ACTO knife.

Step 2: The Eyes

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Step2: Draw eyes with marker.  Squeeze ball on sides and watch what happens!

*Warning, may cause sudden conversations between you and your Money Muncher...

Step 3: Draw Mouth

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Step 3: Draw mouth over cut slot.

Step 4: Zip Tie Part 1

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Step4: Cut small slot at top and squeeze ball to insert zip tie.

Step 5: Zip Tie Part 2

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Step5: Cut another small slot and squeeze ball to insert other end of zip tie.

Step 6: Insert Money and Use!

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Step 6: Squeeze to insert money and use!  Post your unique Money Muncher here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=175783536826
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knexbug6 months ago

cool

sprout_wi42 years ago
I love these and am anxious to make a bunch with the zip-tie handles, but the weight of the coins would make the ball come loose from the zip tie.

What keeps the zip ties from sliding back out of the cuts you made in the ball? Evidently, the ends are not threaded and 'zipped' - correct?

Thanks, -Sprout

They are zipped on the inside. You cut the holes from the outside, but you feed the zip tie from the inside out, then back in and zip it.
Nice!
joe.esq13 years ago
you can take me anywhere!!!
Letjurre3 years ago
cute for kids (and adults) hilarious, loved the ending
mikeasaurus4 years ago
amazing, and the last minute of the video is pure awesome.
great job on a fun project!
sharon13m (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Hi Mike, Great meeting you this weekend at Maker Faire!!! :-)
sharon13m (author)  mikeasaurus4 years ago
So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching!
superhung3 years ago
Cool
WhyHello3 years ago
I already got a big a$$ piggy bank lol so i'm gunna use this as a dog toy :) put treats inside and throw it :D

(tho i used racquetballs i found in my garage)
axeman9113 years ago
how do u get the money out srry i know it sounds kindi stupid?
When you squeeze it really hard, the mouth opens wide enough to get them out. At least, that's what I did... There might be an easier way.
robokid963 years ago
FANTASIC!!!
Fanny Fink3 years ago
You are great. This is easy and useful. by the way your marketing style is best :) thanks...
lucaflo3 years ago
wow, you're video is epic and I think that's the most original idea of saving money I've seen. Simple yet effective =)
oppspring3 years ago
This is perfect as a dog treat holder; I fill mine with small kibble (cat food, actually) and keep it in my jacket pocket. No more crushed kibble dust in the bottom of my pocket. I can easily squeeze it open to dispense a couple treats. I may hang it on my dog's leash next to the doo-bag holder thereby taking care of both dog input and dog output during our walks.
It also serves as sort of a poor man's Kong toy. My dog got hold of the "Kibble Muncher" and had a blast trying to get the treats out; he seemed to be performing his own Bollywood number. I wouldn't want to leave him alone with it due to safety concerns: it would not be fun to get one's tongue caught in the Muncher's mouth!
Excellent Instructable for a multi-purposed Muncher. Thanks!
sharon13m (author)  oppspring3 years ago
Awesome, great idea for a new use, thanks for posting!
eckmannl3 years ago
Fantastic! My kids will love these, and the video is incredibly entertaining! Thanks!
epic video!!!!
that just made my day
Puzzledd3 years ago
This is a super cute idea and the video is BRILLIANT! Thanks to all who contributed- including the choreographer and camera person- you made my morning, couldn't stop smiling when I watched it!
sharon13m (author)  Puzzledd3 years ago
Thanks Puzzledd!! And thanks so much for the patch, my first one! I'll send the kudos to the rest of the group :-). Glad to hear we made your morning, fun to know that the video has positively effected someone's day!
BRILLIANT!! Simple project and fun result...

Every 'ible' should end with a Bollywood dance scene!!

astrong03 years ago
......how do you get it out? because i don't think that the "hammer" method would work here.
According to the author, "Squeeze the ball so the slot opens up and shake, or just tip and pour while squeezing. Easy to get the money it, a little tricker to get it out, which makes it a great way to SAVE money.. not spend it :-). You can also hide things in it that you don't want people to find. If you are desperate to get your money out and still have trouble, you could always just cut the slot bigger."

I'd also like to say that you can rip the tennis ball by sticking your fingers in the slot and pulling hard.
Dakotamouse3 years ago
That was such fun! The video music really rocked the speakers on my computer. Loved it!
mslaynie3 years ago
This is so adorable! Your instructable is fantastic, and I love the talking tennis ball! So CUTE! I giggled like mad!

Seriously, you need to make more instructables. This is GREAT!!
0jack3 years ago
This is SO GREAT. Totally making these for stocking stuffers this year. ...I'm going to have to find a way to give one dreads for one of my friends. Save ya money, mon!
Your Instructable was EXCELLENT and I am motivated to make some for Christams presents. Your Bollywood dancing at the end at first was WHAT!!!! then I thought THIS IS GREAT!!! An inspiration to everyone!! Keep up the great work.
Archergal523 years ago
" *Warning, may cause sudden conversations between you and your Money Muncher..."

Oh yeah. I can see it talking to my dog too. :D

Nice work!
Brilliant! Not just the Money Muncher idea, but the Instructable video sets a new standard! Totally, totally awesome - think up some more just so we can see our videos!!
I agree!!!! great idea for something new for the kidlets but the video was too fun!
HAHA! Funny and clever... I'll subscribe ;D
Awwwww it reminds me of Wilson the volleyball from Castaway. :D
mrbedlamman4 years ago
How do you get the money out
sharon13m (author)  mrbedlamman4 years ago
Squeeze the ball so the slot opens up and shake, or just tip and pour while squeezing. Easy to get the money it, a little tricker to get it out, which makes it a great way to SAVE money.. not spend it :-). You can also hide things in it that you don't want people to find. If you are desperate to get your money out and still have trouble, you could always just cut the slot bigger.
Thank You I'll make one for my little cousin for Easter
thats the point.
gamma_rule4 years ago
on saturday i will make it to my lovely 6 year TALA!!!!! she will love me even more for being a genuis guy!!! hehehehe
sharon13m (author)  gamma_rule4 years ago
:-D Awesome!! I would love to see a picture of the creation! You can even let her decorate it and give her a couple of coins to start her saving!! If you could, post a picture here of the final projectt: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=175783536826
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