How to Make a Money Muncher From an Old Tennis Ball




Introduction: How to Make a Money Muncher From an Old Tennis Ball

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
-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: 

Step 1: The Mouth

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

Step 2: The Eyes

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

Step 3: Draw mouth over cut slot.

Step 4: Zip Tie Part 1

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

Step 5: Zip Tie Part 2

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

Step 6: Insert Money and Use!

Step 6: Squeeze to insert money and use!  Post your unique Money Muncher here:



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    56 Discussions

    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

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    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.

    cute for kids (and adults) hilarious, loved the ending

    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)

    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.

    You are great. This is easy and useful. by the way your marketing style is best :) thanks...

    wow, you're video is epic and I think that's the most original idea of saving money I've seen. Simple yet effective =)

    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!

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    Fantastic! My kids will love these, and the video is incredibly entertaining! Thanks!