Easy Tennisball Laptop Stand

Introduction: Easy Tennisball Laptop Stand

About: I'm in a youth club related with space, and I follow instructables for a couple years now. I don't really find that much time to document my makings, that's why I don't have that much instructables.

Making a laptop stand is really easy! all you need is a tennis ball, a laptop and a hobby knife.
This photo is from version 1, I'll be making a second version because i accidentally ripped a piece of the cloth and had to rip it all.
So, let's start!

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Step 1: What Do I Need?

Laptop, any will do

Tennis ball

Hobby knife

Step 2: Begin Cutting

Cut in horizontal direction.

Note: in some tennis balls (mostly with black interior), the cloth is not connected to the rubber with strings, here you can make a vertical cut first, and then follow the seam. Skip the next steps then.

Photo 1: middle between two lines
Photo 2: Cut

Step 3: Keep Cutting

Once you've started cutting, keep following the seam, this will give you a nice and clean cut

Note: If it is too difficult to keep the fabric on, you can also rip it totally out, like in my version 1.

Photo 1: Parallel with the lines


When you reach the first junction, just try to stay at the same height. Now peek in the ball and try to rip it with your hands (this works with balls with black insides, not with brown ones) , if you can't, then just keep cutting strait. When you are in the last sixth, you can rip the rubber in once, by opening the ball and cutting like on the pictures. Then turn it around and cut like that trough the last bit.

Step 5: Finished!

Now you can remove the dust and use it!

You can also combine, put them upside down, or even use 2 full tennis balls without any cutting.

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    4 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 5

    coulnt the shavings off of the tennis ball fabric be harmfull to your laptop fans and internals?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    if you have a macbook/macbook pro its fine, there's no fan vent at the bottom


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    you still need it because of the vents which are at the hinge


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    If you brush them a little bit off and don't put them under but next to the fan, no