Get crafty with cracked pickleballs

There are a lot of crafty people everywhere but I have a friend that takes cracked pickleballs to a whole new level. Here are a few photos, maybe you too can create your own pickleball craft with unique designs and trophies.10270310_10200832664297609_2895009227862996628_n

This awesome artist and avid pickleball player is Lydia R, of Oceanside, CA. She says  “I had so much fun knowing that I could do something like this to make friends “crack” up.  These crafts started out to be just a one-time thing but before I knew it my inventory of cracked pickleballs grew. Since I am involved in a monthly ladies round robin, I got the idea of making trophies with these same cracked balls. Every month I have been making trophies and pickleball artwork for my friends to enjoy. We just crack each other up!”lydia.craft.1-1








11 comments on “Get crafty with cracked pickleballs”

  1. Do you use a specific kind of paint? Do you clean balls before painting? Just looking for your tricks!! Love repurposing cracked balls into “trophies”. Thanks!

    1. Hello Lori, yes I do know you clean the balls prior to painting. On the painting part, I have heard some used acrylic paint first and then sealed it with Mod Podge. If you’re wondering what the heck Mod Podge is, it’s a water-based sealer, glue, and finish for all surfaces. Its quick-drying for multiple coat application and dries clear. Mod Podge can be used on surfaces like wood, paper, fabric, terra-cotta, plastic and more.

  2. I see players step on broken/cracked balls all the time. A friend of mine actually fixes these using melted rubber bands and an epoxy glue of some sort. They are absolutely playable and you can’t detect they were once broken. He is too busy with his regular job to make this a business.
    His whole premise is based on the fact that PB balls have an erratic bounce any way, so his bounce a bit truer. What’s the difference especially if you use them for practice sessions only.

    1. Can someone explain what the purpose of the melted rubber bands. I have a large bin of broken Franklin balls in my garage. I’ve run out of ideas on how to repurpose them. thanks

  3. I also riveted the pickleball to the mason jar caps. Glue doesn’t work so well to attach to the mason jar lids.

  4. My name is Chelsea and Im 23 years old and play in western ny. I was searching online for ideas on pickleball trophies and came across your blog and saw the trophies that are made from mason jars. I had a question on those since I’m trying to come up with new trophy idea for our 3rd pickleball tournament in march right before st Patrick’s day.   I like the mason jar idea. I wanted to ask how was it you attached the jars to the wooden bases? I love the idea but wasn’t sure how to best do it

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