How to print custom ping pong balls

Brighten up your ping pong playing experience by creating custom-made balls. You could invest in a machine to emboss your balls, but that's expensive if you're not planning to sell them. If you have the time and a little creativity, you can spruce up your ping pong balls relatively inexpensively.

Stamp method

Draw a design on to an eraser that will fit on the surface or your balls. It's best to keep the design as simple as possible using well-defined shapes or simple block text.

Cut around your design carefully with a craft knife and remove the excess rubber around it.

Dip your design into some ink and test stamp on a piece of paper to remove excess ink.

Place one end of your stamp onto the surface of a ping-pong ball and roll it slowly across so the design is transferred evenly. Put the balls aside to dry.

Pen and paint technique

Sketch out a rough plan of the design you want to draw onto your ping pong balls on paper. It's important to use marker pens with a fine tip as you have a relatively small amount of space to work with on the surface of the balls. Experiment with a few different ideas before settling on your final design. You might want to cover the balls with an intricate pattern or just stick with a logo or block of text. You can also use acrylic paint with a fine brush.

Wipe over your balls with the cloth to make sure they are free of dirt and debris and dry.

Draw your design on the balls.

Put the finished balls to one side to dry. The pen's packaging will indicate a recommended drying time.


Several online sites offer services that allow you to design custom ping pong balls.

Things You'll Need

  • Fine-tipped permanent marker pens
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine-tipped paint brush
  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Eraser
  • Craft knife
  • Permanent ink
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Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.