Math Monday: What to make with golf balls?

Math Monday: What to make with golf balls?

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


Here’s a challenge for you. Make the coolest thing you can from a bucket of old golf balls. It might be hard to beat this Sierpinski triangle and Sierpinski tetrahedron!


These are both made by Dale Seymour. And in case you are wondering if is is solid golf balls all the way through, here is a picture of Dale gluing them together:


Send me a photo if you make something cool (or post it to the MAKE Flickr pool and leave a comment/link below).


6 thoughts on “Math Monday: What to make with golf balls?

  1. theophrastus says:

    dang…that tetrahedron is *solid* (goldballs). let’see… 1, 2, 3,… i count 5984 golfballs there.

  2. Eric says:

    d20 obviously

  3. jim l. says:

    Every now and then I’ll find a golf ball thats been cut or damaged. I just finish the cut and recover the rubberband inside. It goes perfectly with one of my (too) many hobbies as the rubber motor for small flying models.

    Jim L.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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