Introduction: How to Make Juggling Balls

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Nice juggling balls can cost over $45. Make better ones for under $5. They're a great way to make money while traveling, just make some balls and then go juggle on a corner. Sell them to kids and teach them how to juggle. Watch the video bellow if you want to skip all boring reading stuff.

Step 1: Get Everything Together

You will need the following:

Tennis Balls
Hand Snippers

All this stuff is best bought at Target, because Wal-Mart sucks.

Step 2: Cut a Hole and Then Fill It With Dirt

Cut a hole in the tennis ball, and then fill it with dirt. The smaller the hole, the better, and you can keep the hole open by squeezing the ends of the ball.

Step 3: Wrap It Up!

Wrap your juggling balls with two balloons, the ends cut off of both. Watch the video if you want to know how far to cut. Once at least two balloons are on, pull the end out and cut it so no nub sticks off.


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mvkid360 (author)2010-03-02

 I once tried to make juggling balls out of just water balloons and rice. it was all going well until i realized that one of the baloons had an air pocket which caused it to pop. rice everywhere. bad idea. this looks much better and i will give it a try

bulletproofkevlar (author)2010-02-26

im sorry but i dont want to sound mean or anything i just dont thing i could ever sell a modified tennis ball... not a bad idea but not exactly what i thought it was gonna be

nomooremr.niceguy (author)2009-07-17

I made some with racket balls. I drilled a small hole in the side, used an injector and filled them with water, then I sealed the hole with hot glue. I just thought I'd throw that out there if anyone wanted another idea. I didn't think of the balloon idea though. I really like it. I'll have to do that. Thank you! It's a great instructable.

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clown96 (author)2009-06-04

but i will also add to use something to wigh them so then they will all be the same weight =)

thegamist (author)2009-04-26

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ntgrater (author)2007-04-22

If you want to work out you arms you can fill them with bbs or lead shot

endotoxin (author)ntgrater2007-04-24

I was just about to mention this as well. So-called Exerballs can cost as much as $90 a set, but this gets anywhere between 1 and 1.75 lbs per ball for perhaps a $12 investment. I also use rubber cement to seal the hole before wrapping it in a balloon for stability.

Llama Nerds (author)endotoxin2007-04-30

You can also do something similar for a lot cheaper: Get a few rolls of pennies and stuff them in the tennis balls. I have some of these I've used for a nice workout. I'll have to do the balloon thing to them to dress them up a little. Also, anyone know how well the tennis balls would bounce if you didn't cut them or fill them, just wrapped the balloons around them? I suppose racquetballs might be cheaper....

frollard (author)Llama Nerds2009-04-09

You dont want bounce in juggling balls...hence why you half fill them with dirt or sand - it absorbs the impact.

Llama Nerds (author)frollard2009-04-10

I actually like having bounce in my balls (heh) so that I can do reverse juggling too.

frollard (author)Llama Nerds2009-04-10

this is true - bounce juggling balls want a lot of bounce - when learning you want balls that will absorb the hits with your hands to ease catching.

Llama Nerds (author)Llama Nerds2009-04-10

Having tested my own theory, I can say that the balloon rubber has no effect on the bounciness of the tennis balls. I've done this with a few tennis balls I had laying around, and they work fine for reverse juggling.

Cast Iron Balls sells their bigger size for under 30 for 3 balls... they will last for centuries and are 100% recycled

Where does one find cast iron balls? Are you talking about "Grape Shot" or something different?

No, they have 2 inch and 2-and-a-half-inch / 2-pound solid cast iron balls

The ones I have are shiny plated, but they sell plain iron too.

I put the address on an earlier post... but if you cant spot it, :

ntgrater (author)endotoxin2007-04-24

make sure you fill them all the way or the will spin off balance i found if you put some sand in them they balance out

I use cast iron balls from

plus it's just fun to have a set of cast iron balls.

Nice instructable. These are very similar to the stress balls we sold at a store I worked, they were several dollars each wholesale.

hereinmyRedJar (author)2009-03-31

I had a similar idea a while back and filled the balls with rice. I like the balloon feature though. I just put some tape over the holes instead, but I think I'll go and get some balloons now for them.

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luthiz (author)2009-03-31

These are nice juggling balls, for sure. I suggest getting the highest quality balloons you can find, to avoid the rotting funk that results from the lower quality rubber drying out.

BurningApple (author)2007-06-15

I just got 3 tennis balls. As soon as I get the balloons, I am soooo gonna make this. Thanks! +

cupebill (author)BurningApple2009-03-15

You don't actually need the tennis balls. Take a balloon and fill it with sand. Cut the neck and the bottom off of a second balloon. Wrap it around the first. Done. It's really tough, but if your worried, add a third. Rotate the openings so they don't match and these little buggers last a long time. Maybe I'll do an inst4rutable on that soon. So easy. Kinda like the rice idea mentioned elsewhere. Lighter for those who need it.

bassclarinet23 (author)2009-01-17

I've been looking for a cheap way to get some nice juggling balls...these are nice.

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lawizeg (author)2008-01-12

I hear you.

bassclarinet23 (author)lawizeg2009-01-17

They're cheap, but at the cost of their employees.

A good name (author)2008-03-24

metacafe videos haven't been working lately :(

Sgt.Waffles (author)2007-04-21

Thats pretty cool! Too bad i dont know how to juggle though. +

again geez you stole what i was gonna say also if someone does know how they could post an instructable on that

i dont know how to juggle but i could make like 20 of those and have wars with my friends..... ow bloody nose owowow crap ow i need a tissue!!

I know how, but I don't have a video camera. If I can figure out a good way to present it using just still pictures, I'll post one.

Llama Nerds (author)Llama Nerds2007-05-01

Okay, it's up here. Enjoy!

KLUTZYscientist (author)2007-10-22

Joy, my own dirt filled juggling balls, and for "Sgt. Waffles", what was the point of watching this video if you have not learned to juggle? But in all .. I liked the idea ..

dacker (author)2007-09-15

If dirt or sand is too much weight for some, try uncooked rice, dried beans beans, or dried peas. I've used rice or beans for my juggling beanbags ( which are better for learning to juggle than rigid balls.) Mmmm, rice & beans. Now I'm hungry!

maxpower49 (author)2007-07-19

you need to add some sound to the viedo

walkthewalk (author)2007-05-01

Pretty cool. I used to do something similar to make practice street hockey balls. After filling with dirt, I just wrapped it with duct tape.

InfamousKirch (author)2007-04-24

Great idea .... now all I need is baloons and tennis balls..... I've been learning how to make balloon animals, and when I'm done with them (so as not to have a million balloons sitting around) is keep wrapping them in dead baloons, I have about an inch and a half diameter ball right now, using about the same method.

nagutron (author)2007-04-23

This is great! Simple and looks awesome. Video and written-out-steps is a killer combo. You should just take some screenshots of the video and add them to the steps for people in a hurry :)

mje (author)2007-04-23

Rather than dirt, I suggest using sand. It's cleaner, and you won't have the problem of some sort of bacteria or insect eggs in your juggling balls.

j626no (author)2007-04-23

i just made four yesterday and they are pretty sweet. i did have a great idea though, use them as practice lacrosse balls. when your having a catch they feel the same weight and size, only if you drop it (say on concrete) it doesnt bounce away and make your chase it for a mile.

rimar2000 (author)2007-04-22

Excelent! Here in Argentina, some boys and girls without work they wons some pesos making jugglings in the traffic lights. Looking at them, those seconds in front of the traffic lights are much more bearables. One give them currencies, and after an or two hours they obtain some pesos to paid their studies or to help his parents to pay the rent.

WesDoesStuff (author)2007-04-21

that's realy awesome great job

j626no (author)2007-04-21

this is really cool! im a good juggler only tennis balls are too light and after about ten minutes i always falter. these looks amazing, will have better grip, and the extra weight will certainly help with different tricks! this is a must make.

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