How to Make Tennis Balls Glow in the Dark

by Belle Palladino
A little glow-in-the-dark can transform a tired tennis ball into an exciting throw toy.

A little glow-in-the-dark can transform a tired tennis ball into an exciting throw toy.

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Adding a little glow-in-the-dark paint to a can of tennis balls can make the difference between an average game and an extreme night of fun with family and friends. Nontoxic, phosphorescent paint can be applied to a variety of surfaces, such as plastic, fabric and wood. Luminous tennis balls can extend your hours on the court beyond sunset and take your game to a whole new level.

Items you will need

  • Glow-in-the-dark spray paint
  • Tennis balls
  • Gloves
  • Blanket
Step 1

Purchase glow-in-the-dark spray paint online or from a local craft supply store.

Step 2

Arrange the tennis balls on an old blanket in a well-ventilated area. The spray paint may produce an odor and must be used in an open space, such as outside or in a garage. The paint may also cover surrounding areas with paint. Working on a blanket or some protected surface will prevent nearby surfaces from getting covered.

Step 3

Put on gloves to protect your hands from getting painted. This will be helpful when you go to rotate the tennis balls.

Step 4

Shake the spray paint can and spray all sides of the tennis balls from roughly 2 feet away.

Step 5

Allow the paint to dry.

Step 6

Read the instructions on the spray paint can for additional steps. Some glow-in-the-dark paints need to absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays before they glow while others contain pigments that allow them to glow instantly.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are looking for a more intense glow, apply additional coats to the tennis balls.

About the Author

Belle Palladino began writing professionally in 2010. Her interests include: architecture, architectural theory, art history, and cooking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Boston University and a Master of Architecture from Louisiana State University.

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