How to Make a Tennis Ball Tug Toy for Cheap




About: I love to make things & work with my hands. I mostly make stuff for dogs and sometimes I dabble with recipes, too. Right now I'm in the process of setting up a DIY blog for pet lovers.

WIth a few everyday household items, you can make a tennis ball tug toy for your dog.

I have recently started a DIY pet blog called Bloggie Stylish where you can find cool tutorials like this one.

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Step 1: Tools and Supplies You Will Need

Your need an old dish towel, a tennis ball and a pair of scissors to cut a hole in the ball. You can use a drill if you have it. The hemostat clamps are optional, but it makes pulling the strips through the ball easier. If you don't have a pair of hemostats, you can use a screw driver to push the dish towel strips through the ball.

Step 2: Cutting the Ball

Take your scissors & carefully cut two holes in either side of the tennis ball. If you have a drill, you will drill the holes.

Step 3: Cutting the Dishtowel Strips

Cut three 2 inch strips from the dish towel on the long side. Bundle the strips and place a knot at one end of the bundle. Poke the hemostat through both ends of the tennis ball, grasp the end of one of the strips and pull the strip through the holes. repeat this for the other two strips

Step 4: Braiding the Dish Towel Strips

Once all the strips have been pulled through the ball, braid the strips together and tie a knot in the end to keep the strips from unraveling

Step 5: The Finished Toy

There you have it, a dog toy that you made for the grand total of ZERO dollars!

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    Look guys. just think about it, if tennis balls were harmful to your dog big stores like PetSmart & Petco would not put them in there stores. They are extremely careful, putting every toy they sell, through more test than you can count. They have all kind of professional, such as Vets, that study each toy before it goes to their stores. The liability would be to great to put toys in their stores that are not safe. You can probably find on the packaging for these toys a warning not to leave your dog unattended while playing with the toy. If you don't follow the directions then you may have a problem. Not the manufacturers fault, it's yours. So follow the direction on the package.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Not sure what type of dog you have but mine has been playing with tennis balls for 4 years with no ill effects!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    This website suggest it might not be the ball itself, but the dirt it collect:


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You can get plenty of free tennis balls by walking around the outside of your local tennis court

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    Doggie StylishScott_Tx

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    forgot about that! when i was a kid i lived next to a tennis court, free balls all the time, well...sort of.