The holiday season is here and for so many of us in the Mid-Atlantic that means a time to take a break, relax and enjoy some down time with friends, family and loved ones. We love the holidays for so many reasons, but a big part of what makes it special is the chance to do certain activities that maybe we don’t often get to do other times of year, such as baking, binge watching Hallmark Channel, hanging out in PJs all day and maybe doing crafts and other hands-on activities or special outings. For all of our tennis friends out there, we know (hope) this time of year means extra time to get in lots of tennis too!
But if you’re looking for fun DIY activities during the holiday break, either for yourself to try or to do with your kiddos or grandkiddos, look no further. Tennis fans will be sure to love this DIY Tennis Ball Wreath activity! This wreath is great for the holidays and really, can be transitioned to use any time of year, especially during your tennis season and hung during the US Open too! Just leave off the holiday embellishments or make a version with out those holiday touches for more versatile use throughout the year.
Alright, let’s get making! Grab those used tennis balls and fire up the glue gun, and get ready to have some fun!
Tennis Ball Wreath
What you need:
16-17 used tennis balls
1-2 sleeves of ornaments
1 wire clothes hanger
Ribbon or Bow
Box cutter or X-Acto knife
Step 1: Unravel your wire clothes hanger and shape into a circle.
Step 2: Cut two 1” slits on each tennis ball. If doing this project with kids, make sure an adult is there to supervise or this is a step that only an adult does.
Step 3: Feed tennis balls one by one onto the wire hanger, filling the wire hanger.
Step 4: Re-twist the wire hanger at the top to leave a hook for hanging. Note: at this point you can decide if you want your tennis balls in line with each other, or want to rotate them up or down to add dimension (see two final wreaths below for layout).
Step 5: Pull out those ornaments and glue gun. Place ornaments throughout the wreath using hot glue to secure them.
Step 6: Add your ribbon or bow to the top, below your hook.
Step 7: Hang on your door for a festive tennis feel or gift these out to all the tennis fans and players in your life!
We’d love to see your finished products! Make some tennis ball wreaths and send us a picture or post it to social media tagging us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! And keep on playing and using those tennis balls up so you can make more crafts! Learn more about playing tennis with USTA Mid-Atlantic.
Shell Wood is the Events Manager for USTA Mid-Atlantic. She enjoys crafting and repurposing items, especially tennis equipment, to bring a little pizzazz to our events.