5 Things You Never Knew You Could Create With a Tennis Racket

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Vintage tennis rackets – of the kind your great aunt used to thwack balls with – are ideal for upcycling into cool pieces of shabby-chic decor.

You can repurpose an old tennis racket with only the minimum of effort, but if you've got the time and skills, you can come up with something truly spectacular... 
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1. Vintage Tennis Racket Earring Holder

Let's kick off with something extremely simple. If you can hang a picture on a wall then you can 'make' this earring hanger from blog Bungalow Bungahigh – because a tennis racket already is a vintage earring hanger, it just doesn't know it yet. 

As simple as this project is, it's probably best undertaken as a two-person task: One person positions the tennis racket in exactly the right spot on the wall, while ensuring that the handle is perfectly vertical. The second person then bangs two nails in to the wall, through gaps in the strings so that the left-hand and right-hand side of the frame is sitting on them.

Et voila: One instant shabby-chic storage solution – and the racket itself remains completely usable, should you have an “Anyone for tennis?” moment. 

Find even more crafty ideas at Bungalow Bungahigh.

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- Vintage tennis racket
- A hammer
- Some nails
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2. Vintage Tennis Racket Wall Sculpture

Again, this requires nothing more than a hammer, some nails and a friend saying “left a bit, right a bit” – although you are going to need a few rackets and a bit of pre-planning. 

This colourful racket-dial by artist Stylish Patina isn't your only option when it comes to creating a wall sculpture. A design as simple as a row of three vertical rackets can be enough to upgrade a standard-issue wall to a feature wall. However, there's no denying that this dial is pretty dazzling.

You'll need 17 vintage tennis rackets in all, which may seem like a lot, but you can pick them up for bargain prices – and they're likely to still cost you less than a framed picture that would fill a comparable amount of wall-space. 

Visit Stylish Patina for more incredible art.

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- A hammer
- Some nails
- Vintage tennis rackets
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3. Embroidered Vintage Tennis Racket

If you're going for a bohemian, shabby-chic vibe in your home, wall-hangings don't come much more bohemian or shabbily chic than an embroidered tennis racket.

The examples here were created by artist Danielle Clough, and are pretty jaw-dropping. But don't feel intimidated – you can make a vintage racket look gorgeous with some embroidery thread and only the bare minimum of needlework skills. 

For example, the DIY project on blog Bloesem Design will have you embroidering a colourful striped heart design onto an old racket, even if you've never before picked up a needle in your life. So go get to it!

Visit Danielle Clough for more awe-inspiring art. And visit Bloesem Design for crafty projects and ideas.

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- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery needles
- Vintage tennis racket
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4. Vintage Tennis Racket Wall Mirror

You can fill in the face of a racket with all kinds of materials. It can become a mini chalkboard or a cork pinboard, but an increasingly popular option is to repurpose an old racket as an antique mirror with a difference, as lifestyle blog Bungalow M have done.

You're not going to be able to do it entirely alone – unless you happen to be a glazier, in which case, carry on – but there's not too much faff involved, and the results are entirely worth it. 

Firstly, you'll need to get hold of a vintage tennis racket (obviously). Take it to a local glass dealer and have them cut you a piece of mirror that'll fit exactly inside the racket's face. Using mirror glue (yes, that is a thing), affix your mirror to the racket's strings. Leave to dry for a few hours, then hang on the wall by suspending the racket on a pair of nails, either side of the neck, just below the face. Done!  

Find more upcycling projects at Bungalow M.

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- A piece of mirror glass
- Vintage tennis racket
- Mirror glue
- Some nails
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5. Vintage Rackets Chandelier

Okay, so this project is a little more ambitious than the others, but just look at it! It's a real show-stopper, and if you're looking to dazzle visitors with a truly spectacular and on-trend item of shabby-chic decor, this awe-inspiring chandelier – or your own version of it, at any rate – is it. 

This particular chandelier was created for a Tommy Hilfiger pop-up shop that toured the world back in 2011 and featured on upcycling blog upcycling blog Scraphacker. A row of light sockets were weaved through an asymmetric sculpture of rackets, held together with strong wood glue. The resulting structure was then suspended from the ceiling from a pair of chains. So what d'you reckon – are you up for the challenge? 

Visit Scraphacker for more DIY inspiration.

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- Vintage tennis racket
- Light sockets
- Wood glue
- Some chains
- Ceiling hooks
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