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How to Hang Rubber Balls From Ceiling

Updated February 21, 2017

There are any number of excellent reasons to hang rubber balls from the ceiling, including hosting a party with a rubber or ball theme, installing a ball in your garage to use as a guide when parking, as a toy for a cat or dog, or as a batting practice tool for a child, hopefully mounted in a room without many breakables. For those hosting parties, rubber balls can make a very effective decoration when suspended from giant wooden paddles to give the illusion of large classic toys mounted on the ceiling.

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  1. Pass the fishing line through the end of the large needle. Tie the fishing line around the needle and pull it tight.

  2. Set the rubber ball on the floor and push the needle partway into the ball. Grab the needle with the pliers and force it into the rubber ball until it pushes out the other side. Release the needle and grip it on the other side with the pliers.

  3. Apply pressure on the rubber ball with your hand or foot and pull the needle out through the other side using the pliers. Cut the fishing line off the needle and tie it securely to a small washer. Pull the string tight so the washer is flush with the rubber ball. Tie a few knots on the top of the ball using just the fishing line in order to keep the ball in place.

  4. Drill a hole in the ceiling, using a drill bit that is smaller than the thread of the drywall hook. Cut the fishing line to the proper length so that the ball hangs at the desired height. Tie the other end of the fishing line to the drywall hook. Attach the drywall hook to the ceiling by rotating it clockwise in the pre-drilled hole.

  5. Tip

    For extremely high-impact installations, such as when installing the rubber ball as a toy for pets or children, you may want to attach it to a ceiling stud, joist or beam. This will give it enough stability to withstand constant hits and attacks. Balls can be painted any colours for parties. Tennis balls, racket balls or wiffle balls can also be used for different effects.


    When using the ball as a toy for children, do not install it using a washer at the end of the fishing line. Use something softer and less likely to hurt a child if it hit them in the face, such as a rubber band or a cloth strip.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubber ball
  • Large needle (3 inches or more)
  • Fishing line
  • Pliers
  • Drywall hook
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Small washer

About the Author

Nat Fondell has been writing professionally since 2006. A former editor of the "North Park University Press," his work has appeared at scientific conferences and online, covering health, business and home repair. Fondell holds dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in journalism and history from North Park University and received pre-medical certification at Dominican University.

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