Make A Camera Tripod From A Tennis Ball

This nifty Instructable shows you how to make a tripod for light-weight cameras by cutting up a tennis ball.

As the author says, “The inner edge of the tennis ball is rubber, which makes a good non-slip, non-scratch foot.”

Technically it’s not a “tripod” because it doesn’t have three legs, but hey, it’s still a cool and cheap way to create a stable camera mount in a pinch. — BEN POPKEN

Tennis ball tripod [Instructables]


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  1. bossco says:

    If you needed a quick way of taking a photo of yourself downing a dirty martini at the local tennis club’s bar, this is fine, but if your camera is worth, say more than 50 bucks, I would suggest buying a small portable tripod for less than $20, or investing $50 (or more) for a real camera tripod that you will be able to aim any direction while your camera is almost at your eye level.

  2. Coder4Life says:

    You can probably go buy a cheap table tripod for like less than $5 at walmart..

  3. Nytmare says:

    I think a dictionary would work just as well, and you wouldn’t have to cut that up.

  4. aishel says:

    Yeah, considering that you’re only getting 2″ height max, I would say a thick dictionary would work better.

  5. mindshadow says:

    I have a strong feeling this would get squished under my 30D. :(

  6. rmz says:

    It’s not too much of a “tripod” if it’s not adjustable in any way :P

  7. zl9600 says:

    dumbest. post. ever.

  8. guroth says:

    Wouldn’t it be more stable if he didn’t cut “feet” into it and just left the entire bottom touching the surface?