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Wimbledon: Make Your Own Tennis Ball Tea Lights

It’s that time of year again… Wimbledon! And we thought it was only right we get involved, from a lighting perspective of course.

So get the Pimms on ice and start tucking in to those strawberries because you might not be watching from Henman Hill but there are plenty of ways to bring the Wimbledon spirit to your home this year. Starting with our quick and easy tennis ball tea lights!

Just keep reading or watch the video for everything you need to know about how to make your own tennis ball tea lights! Unfortunately we don’t have a step-by-step guide on how to improve that backhand though…

These are great for lighting up your garden at night or for bringing inside to add some fun to your table.

What you will need :

  • Tennis balls (A couple more than you want to make)
  • Battery powered tea lights – Shop for candles and tea lights
  • A Stanley knife (or something else to cut through the balls)
  • A pen or pencil


Step-by-step instructions

First make sure you have everything you need to complete this DIY project, as per the list above.


Take your ball and draw a circle with your pen or pencil that is slightly larger than your tea light. Don’t worry if you draw your hole too small or uneven, you can fix it later.


Now you have your hole mapped out you can start to cut. Carefully take your Stanley knife and pierce the ball on the line you have drawn, then continue round. As you can see from the video it isn’t the easiest thing in the world but a bit of elbow grease goes a long way – the most important thing here is to cut safely. It’s also a good idea to buy a few more tennis balls than you need, just in case one (or two) go wrong. If you don’t end up using them, I bet that serve could use some more practice!


Now once you have your hole this is where you might have to take some time neatening it up and cutting into it so that the tea light will fit snugly and neatly!
Of course, some of you highly skilled people might manage to get it exactly right the first time (we didn’t)!


Once you have perfected your hole and the tea light fits, all you have to do is turn your light on at the bottom and slot it in.


And you’re done, it’s that simple! Unless you can’t get the shape and size of the whole right, then it can take a little bit longer.



We hope you enjoyed our Wimbledon themed DIY, we’d love to see your attempts at this or any other Wimbledon projects you’ve done. Be sure to share the blog if you think your friends might like it too.

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