I know it’s January now, but let’s roll back our calendars a few weeks and revisit my favorite Christmas project from 2015. Remember my oversized cross-stitch on those vintage tennis racket heads?
Well, I had promised you that I had a project in mind for the handles, and I’m about to blow your mind! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
There I was, lopping off the racket heads for the cross-stitch project…and assuming that the handles would be discarded.
When lo and behold, my friends and I discovered something crazy.
The vintage wooden tennis racket handles had AMAZING cross sections! I had four different rackets, courtesy of Down South Vintage and some fortuitous thrifting, and each one looked gorgeously different. Different grains and colors, stacked together…hidden underneath the leather and tape.
They reminded me of those gorgeous cutting boards and clipboards you see at art festivals, the ones striped with different wood and are seamlessly put together. The gals and I realized that the handles were definitely NOT to be discarded, and that we could do something with them…something that would showcase their interior.
In a word: Jewelry. And more specifically, PENDANTS.
Making Pendants from Discards
So we went back to the miter saw and sliced off small segments.
Back at home, Jon and I gave each one a little sanding and oil- and the last step: I added a small screw eye to the top of each one.
All that was left was to add a chain- or rather a leather cord, in this case.
Did it Work??
I mean, seriously. Even if chunky wooden pendants aren’t your style of jewelry, isn’t it amazing to think it came from a tennis racket handle? 100% wild, 100% true. It’s “hard to handle” how awesome these are, right? 😉
I now keep my Etsy shop stocked with tennis racket pendants- they have a definite boho/beachy vibe, don’t they?
You just never know where the upcycling road will lead you, that’s for sure!