What To Do With Old Bowling Balls?

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what to do with old bowling balls

So you just rolled your last perfect game. Your friends all have new bowling balls, so you’re getting ready to switch to the newbies. You take your ball outside, see their ball, and return it to the alley’s return zone.

Now what? What should you do with old bowling balls? There are so many ways you could use old bowling balls and so many possibilities. You could either sell them or repurpose them and make them functional again. Either way, you’ll have to get rid of that old ball you’ve kept in your bag. But how? Here are some great ideas on what to do with old bowling balls.

Use Old Bowling Balls For Training

When is the right time to get rid of your old bowling balls? When you’re ready to move on to new ones, and you want to start practicing with a new ball, that’s when. But if you never want to use a ball again, you can practice with it and use it for training.

Practice with old bowling balls to get used to the feel of the ball and your swing. Training with old balls is not just for beginner bowlers, either. Experienced bowlers can use old balls to hone their skills and perfect their form.

If you want to get serious about training, you can also get a drill printed off or download an app. You can use these old balls in your training drills to simulate different conditions and utilizes.

Make New Toys With Old Bowling Balls

Make art with old bowling balls. You can make crafts with old bowling balls. If you have little kids, their toys are their most cherished possessions. They don’t want to let them go, but they also can’t grow anymore.

Embellish your child’s toys with old bowling balls as buttons or paint markers, and they won’t want to throw them out!

Go Bowling With Old Bowling Balls

Old bowling balls are great for giving away at family reunions or Christmas. Give friends and family some of your old bowling balls and tell them to throw them back in the return lane after they bowl one frame.

They don’t need to take up space in your home because, during a game, it is easy to pick up the ball after someone bowls a frame, but afterward, you can donate it anywhere near a bowling alley!

Use Old Bowling Balls As Legos

Here’s an idea for making toys with old bowling balls: Make Legos. This is great if you have young kids that love Legos, and you don’t want them building structures all over the place! I know some people who do this all the time and don’t have any trouble building something entertaining from only a few dozen balls!

Sell Your Old Bowling Balls

You can always sell the balls. Many bowling alleys will take old bowling balls and resell them. You can also sell them online. These are great fundraising tools, too. You can get local fundraisers or charities to sell your old balls at their next event.

Repurposed your old bowling balls, perhaps you used the ball for travels, and now you have some extra space. Turn the ball into a planter or other décor item. You can also use the ball as a paperweight or poster. If you’re creative, you can even create art or sculpture.

Repurpose Your Old Bowling Balls

Like me, you have many old bowling balls; maybe you even have some from your putting days. I’ve been keeping them for décor, but now that I’m creating more art pieces and sculptures, I can find new uses. There are so many things you can use an old bowling ball for. What are some of your ideas?

You can repurpose the balls by using them as a planter, as a paperweight, as a makeshift drum set, a way to hammer in posts, as a weight for your water bottle, a hammer and nail set, or as a pestle. Think about how you can repurpose your old bowling balls, and see if there’s anything you can do with them.

There are so many things you can do with an old bowling ball. The most fun is making a pinball machine, but the easiest way to do that is using cheap ​old pins.

Old bowling balls have tons of uses, and they’re not just suitable for practicing your game. Recycle them at the tip, sell them online or mail them to a charity, and use them as a table centerpiece or centerpiece decoration. You can even use the other parts of the ball to make a mold of something else around it in resin.

Do Some Good With Your Old Bowling Balls

You can also do good with your old bowling balls. You can create a charity bowling ball. Many online communities will create a charity bowling ball for you, and they’ll even ship it to you. You can also donate your old bowling balls to a charity or give them to your local food bank or thrift store for reuse.


Where Can I Sell My Old Bowling Balls?

You might be able to sell your old bowling balls to a local thrift store or charity that sells used goods and keeps donations going. As well as selling them online on sites like eBay or Amazon, you can turn them into homemade works of art by using them as planters or paperweights, and if you’re creative, you may be able to use them in other ways.

What Are Some of the Other Benefits of Making a Charity Ball?

And you don’t only benefit yourself when selling your used goods and keeping donations coming in – by helping those in need locally, you’re also helping out real people worldwide who need our help.


When you’re ready to get rid of that old ball you’ve been keeping around, you have so many great options. You can either sell it or repurpose it and make it functional again. Whether you’ve got a spare one at home or a bunch of old ones, you’re ready to create your next perfect game.

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Shmulik Dorinbaum

I play bowling almost daily, and on the days I'm not? I'm writing about my day and what I need to do to improve myself as a better bowling player.

Picture of Shmulik Dorinbaum

Shmulik Dorinbaum

I play bowling almost daily, and on the days I'm not? I'm writing about my day and what I need to do to improve myself as a better bowling player.

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