How to Make Bracelets From Basketballs

By Sarah Schreiber ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Pen or marker
  • Compass
  • Hammer
  • Post-style snap set
Recycle an old baskeball by using it in a jewelry making project.

The bumpy texture and orange color make a basketball unmistakable, even if not in its usual form. By transforming a basketball into bracelets, the material will still be obvious to most people. Bracelets made from basketballs are an eco-friendly craft that gives an old ball new life. Make enough to share with a whole team as a souvenir of your time together.

Slit the basketball with a sharp utility knife, cutting in a direction away from your body for safety. Cut along the basketball’s lines using sharp scissors, inserting them into the hole made by the utility knife. Repeat the process on another line to remove one of the panels.

Draw the outline of a bracelet shape onto the cut-out panel with a pen or thin-tipped marker.

Cut out the bracelet shape with scissors.

Form a small hole several centimeters in on both ends of the basketball bracelet strip. Poke through it with a sharp instrument such as a compass tip to form the holes for snap installation.

Attach the socket side of a post-style snap so the smooth head faces upward on the same side as the basketball texture. Hammer the two sections of the socket together.

Attach the stud side of a post-style snap so the stud appears on the same side as the basketball texture. Hammer the two sections of the stud together.

About the Author

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.