Introduction: Tennis Ball Poi

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So poi.

Really simple to build your own.

They're a lot of fun and really cheap to make.

Step 1: String and Ball

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Start with finding a good piece of string. I found mine in the basement, it's a synthetic string that might have been for clothing line or something. Just make sure it doesn't break.

For the weight I use a tennis ball. Just the right weight, cheap and easy to find. I wiggled a screwdriver through to make the holes. Make sure the holes are opposite or it will wobble. I used thin metal wire to get the string through the ball. A metal washer or two makes sure that the knot doesn't eat through the holes.

Step 2: A Little Bonus Feature

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To be able to change the length of the string I used one of these wire thingies (don't know what they are called). Shouldn't be more than a dollar or two at the hardware store.

Step 3: Handle

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To make the handle I got who key straps from a telemarketing guy handing them out in the park. I cut it and folded it around the metal link and sowed in the ends with a sewing machine. I had some problems making it stay in position in the machine, but I nailed it to a piece of paper and sowed right through. When done just tear the paper of. I used a synthetic thread and ran across a bunch of times with a zigzag stitch.

Step 4: Finished!

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There you have it!

You could attach strips of light fabric to the ball to make a tail if you fancy that.

I first wrote this on my own home page, here.

That's all for now! Get more of my ideas at my "craft, DIY and other ideas" blog!

Comments

spectacular (author)2011-06-24

Are you from nz?

bad ass pope (author)2009-06-29

Hey, these are really well thought out! Good job! I just plonked some spare juggling balls in the ends of some fluro-orange stockings, works a treat! You can adjust the length of them by wrapping them round your hands a bit more... These are a much more credible attempt though :-P

The Porsche Fan (author)2009-01-01

After you master Poi, you should light it on fire, it would be pretty fun :)

Sure! Fire poi are great!

Not too good with strings and tennis balls at that point though ;-)

mrtentaclenun (author)2008-12-21

What does it do?

They are for spinning! It's a juggling technique. Try it, it's lots of fun! Not very hard to get started.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi_(juggling)

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=spinning+poi

wow neato!

Also:
http://www.homeofpoi.com/ has lessons and how-tos

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