Super,super Simple Poi




About: I'm usually found holding some sort of small creature I am making, be it a human, cat, or Japanese demon. I can't make something look menacing, but I have mastered creepy. I also make elaborate costumes, l...

this is my 1st instructable, so pardon any unusual formatting.  I was looking at every poi instructable there was, but they were all very complicated, involving complex knots, or expensive materials. this one only uses 3 things: tennis balls, washers, and clothes-line.
I prefer the poi made with ropes as opposed to the ones made with nylons because the nylons wear out faster than the ropes do.       

Step 1: Cutting the Tennis Ball

So, you take the tennis ball, decide where you want the hole, and stab and widen the hole with a knife or scissors, as I did here.  If you are under 12, I would suggest you get an adult to help with this. Then you simply poke into the other side. repeat with other tennis ball   

Step 2: The Rope and Washer

the next step is to attach the rope. To do this, you tie an over-hand knot, and slip the washer over it, then pull the washer to the knot.

Step 3: Assembling the Poi

Now comes the tricky part. you have to push the rope up through both holes, starting with the big hole. 

Step 4: Final Step

The easy step! all you do in this one is: hold the tennis ball in your hand, pull the rope to your arm-pit, give it about 5 inches extra, and cut. then tie a knot at the end, wrap around your hand and type beginners guide to poi into the search bar! good luck!
because of a very good point made in a comment, i am posting a pic of the knot i use to tie them on to my hand. after copying the pic, then simply pull the knot fairly tight, slip on to your hand, and pull tight. 



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    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is actually pretty much EXACTLY what I did for my very first set of Poi - but I found that the ropes, after more than a few minutes use, would chafe and cause blisters where they rubbed up against my hands. Because I was a determined beginner and practiced a lot, the skin where my fingers join my hands soon became red and raw!

    I've since found that the easiest way to make poi balls for practice and use is just to take some colorful tube socks (Target, dollar store, sports store, whatever) and push the tennis balls down to the very end.

    Tricks like wraps and reversals seem to be easier to learn with sock poi as well, and they don't get tangled as easily as they do with rope.

    Worse case scenario, you're spending about $4 more on starter poi :p

    Happy Spinning!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    true, but the way i tie them to my hands make them very tight, so no chafing.
    i should probably show a pic of the knot i use


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    unless.... you are using them for three-four hours straight. then you blister. If that happens, put bandaids on and you should be fine.

    Nice Post, im actually looking for some content contributors, to posts tutorials and other articles on my website, i cover subjects such as poi, fire spinning, twirling , circus skills, flow lights and loads of other stuff that makes you jump in the night.
    for any avid contributors i will be sharing the advertising income depending on what they have submitted, if any of you guys fancy it hit me up on my site, if your not but you still like poi and fire spinning etc head over and check it out an join the forums :) much love

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    St Jimmy

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Are you from New Zealand? I was getting a little worried there weren't enough real people on this site

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    St JimmyNOODLE!

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Oops. The US is cool. I've only ever been to San Francisco, although my family and I are taking a trip to Salt Lake City this January. The reason I asked was that here, poi are generally associated with Maori culture, Maori being the original settlers of this country. But I suppose such a cool thing would be bound to spread overseas, which is good


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Always learning :)
    Until a moment ago Poi only meant a bland pacific syrup like soup.

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