How to print custom ping pong balls

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How to print custom ping pong balls
Print plain white or orange ping pong with a design of your choice. (oogiefletzet/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Fine-tipped permanent marker pens
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine-tipped paint brush
  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Eraser
  • Craft knife
  • Permanent ink

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    Stamp method

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Draw your design on the balls.

  4. 4

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

Tips and warnings

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

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