Making Boho Jewelry / Wood Pendants from Vintage Tennis Rackets

Making Boho Jewelry / Wood Pendants from Vintage Tennis Rackets

I didn’t set out to make boho jewelry when I lopped the heads off of vintage tennis rackets for my Christmas cross stitch project. But, crafting kismet took over right from the start.

I *thought* all I wanted were the wooden tennis racket heads for large scale cross stitch…

How to repurpose vintage tennis rackets by doing Christmas cross stitch on the racket heads for an easy, fun Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

As it turns out, however…vintage tennis rackets (you know, the wooden kind you see at thrift stores ALL THE TIME) are made of very interesting combinations of wood. And I found this out when I ended up with a serious of wooden tennis racket handles after cutting them off with a miter saw.

Handles from vintage tennis rackets that will be repurposed and upcycled into boho jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I assumed these would get tossed…but NOPE!

When lo and behold, I discovered something crazy – the vintage tennis racket handles had AMAZING cross sections! I had four different wooden tennis rackets and each one looked gorgeously different. Different grains and colors, stacked together…hidden underneath the leather and tape.

Creating boho jewelry or wood pendant from handles of vintage tennis rackets or a wooden tennis racket by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, isn’t THAT a lovely surprise!

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. All of us 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. Boho jewelry. Specifically, wood pendants! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating Boho Jewelry from Vintage Tennis Rackets

So, I went back to the miter saw and sliced off small segments, each one approximately ¼” to ⅜” thick, which seemed the appropriate size for a wood pendant.

Wood pendant from wooden tennis racket that will become boho necklace or boho jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Each was unique…and lovely.

These would make LOVELY wooden pendants…perfect for Boho jewelry or Bohemian jewelry. They just needed a few more touches…

First, I gave each little pendant a little sanding and applied wood conditioning oil (this was my favorite). The wood conditioner breathed new life into the dry wood from the vintage tennis rackets. Next, I used a pin vise (a little hand drill; like this one here) to “drill” a dainty hole into the top of each wood pendant. From there, I inserted a dainty eye screw.

How to make a wood pendant or boho jewelry from the handles of vintage tennis rackets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Little Boho necklace pendants coming to life!

All that was left was to add a chain of some sort, and I elected to go with leatherette cords from a craft store. They had the right Boho jewelry vibe to match my wood pendants!

Boho Jewelry from Wooden Tennis Rackets

I mean, seriously. Even if chunky wood pendants aren’t your style of jewelry, isn’t it amazing that this Bohemian jewelry came from upcycled vintage tennis rackets? 100% wild, 100% true. Their awesomeness is… hard to handle… if I do say so myself.

Boho jewelry or bohemian jewelry made from the handles of vintage tennis rackets into a wood pendant by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Done and stun.

For several years, I made many of these wood pendant Boho necklaces for my (now closed) Etsy shop, but I wanted to share the photos because they’re each so different! For instance, this wood pendant came from a vintage tennis racket that had a lovely blue handle.

Making a wood pendant for boho jewelry from the handle of an upcycled wooden tennis racket by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I fell in love with this style and ended up keeping one for myself! I’m not a huge Boho jewelry person, but I couldn’t give it up.

Making bohemian jewelry or boho jewelry by upcycling vintage tennis rackets from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My vintage tennis racket Bohemian jewelry discovery is proof that you just never know where the upcycling road will lead you!

And if you’re looking for more of my DIY Upcycled Jewelry project ideas, please check out even more ideas here!

Custom jewelry and boho jewelry and handmade jewelry project ideas from upcycling and repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Now those are just tooo cool!!!! And I love the cross stitch on the top part of the racket….How so very cleaver…will have to keep watch for some rackets!

  2. AMAZING!!!!!
    You truly do come up with some outstanding saves!!! LOVE THESE!!!

  3. Wow – had no idea that’s what the inside of these racquet handles looked like. What a great use for them too!
    Liz

  4. chris aka monkey says

    golly these are wild and crazy i didn’t have any idea the handles looked so awesome great use of the old noodle here sarah xx

  5. Sarah, another great salvage project. That wood is beautiful!

  6. Fonda Rush says

    I love the discovery! And, the wood bits are great! They could also be used for key fobs. I’m sure you can think of other projects for them! Wonderful!

  7. Oh my goodness, these are lovely and sooo smart and creative! Thanks for linking up to The Talk of the Town party!

  8. I can’t believe that’s what the cross section of a wood tennis racket looks like. How cool is this?

  9. WoW- how creative. Never knew the inside of the rackets had such a beautiful design. I LOVE tennis & love both your tennis racket projects. 😉

  10. Who knew! Wow, you just never know what you can uncover when you start playing with a miter saw. These are amazing works of art. Thanks for bringing them to Talk of the Town.

  11. Sarah, This is totally cool! What a great use of the left over handles! Love it! Thanks for coming over and sharing with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted to share the love!

  12. How cool! I may have to try this myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  13. Trina Evans says

    Have you tried slicing them on the diagonal cut? I’ll bet that would look awesome as well.

  14. You find the most creative ways to use things. That wood is gorgeous and makes really nice pendants. I just might have to stop by your shop! Well done.

  15. How lovely! And here I thought your cross stitched rackets was inspired – – this newest project takes the cake!

  16. Wow how unique and beautiful! Who would have thought that a tennis racket could make such a pretty necklace!

  17. FABULOUS. You could sell just those and probably make a living! LOL

  18. Who knew how beautiful the inside of a wooden tennis racket could be. The slices of the racket handles made the most charming necklaces. Thank you for joining us at Vintage Charm.

  19. The pendants are really neat. I like their contemporary look and I bet their smooth surface feels comfortable against the skin.

  20. I just want you to know you are one of my favorite craft bloggers! You are so clever and keep me on my toes! I love this idea for these wood necklaces, so cool. But the over sized cross-stitch is so fun! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on my Fb page! Have a great week!
    Kim

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party. This is totally amazing! I’m going to have to dig around to see if I can find our tennis rackets . . . if not, I’m off to the thrift store!

  22. Wow…so cute! I love these!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. You are so creative! I’ve been seeing your work on various Link Ups and Blogtalk.

  24. So Amazing! I’m blown away! Thank you so much for sharing at the Create – Share – Inspire link party. We hope you will stop by again tonight.

  25. This is brilliant! I am in love. I never realized how lovely the wood inside was until now. I’ll have to be on the hunt for a few to make my own sometime. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  26. I am in love with this idea!! I’ve got oodles of old tennis rackets in my basement and I need to try this for sure.

  27. This is a great and beautiful idea! TYFS! What do you do when you get to the leather grip? Do you cut through the leather or remove it? Is there glue residue under the leather?

    • Thanks, Bonnie! We haven’t worked that far down the handle yet…but we’ll figure it out soon enough! 🙂

      • When you begin to work with the leather grip be careful. I tried one today and it is held onto the racket with small nails. Those nails will mess up a saw blade in short order. The racket I did today had a nail on each end of the leather and 4 around the end of the racket. I used a small needle-nose pliers to pull out the nails.Removing the grip did leave a small amount of residue. I haven’t yet decided how I want to deal with it. Either there were small dots of glue in places or the leather had adhered to the wood because of being their so long.The wood under the leather was unfinished so no border like in the pendants you have already done. I haven’t cut into the handle yet. I hope it is pretty like the ones you have done.

        • I have now done 4 handles. Each one is very different. The leather grips are usually held on with up to 5 tacks or staples. All leave a residue which will require cleaning and sanding. All have been raw wood so a stain or paint might be required. Two had large nails running along the length of the handle. Fortunately, removing the grip and cap on the end allows you to see them and get them out so you don’t ruin your saw blade. Some handles are beautiful, like the throat of the racket; some not so. I think for the time being I will work with the throat and save the handles for later as they will require much more work.

  28. They are fantastic, what a great idea!

  29. Oh my gosh, your eyes see things that I would never see! You are so smart and yes….the necklaces look very in!

    Happy Thoughts of Home.

  30. sarah always love your upcycled crafts love it thanks for sharing have a great day

  31. Have racquets and now have inspiration! Thank you!!! Not just the pendants which are fabulous, but the cut off handles themselves. The wheels are turning!

  32. Rich Payne says

    I took an old tennis racket and cut it off at the handle then made it a bottle opener, also took a tennis racket and added a mirror where the strings were. Nice ideas, i will use the other tennis rackets to make some pendants. My source for cheap tennis rackets is the local Goodwill store.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Yes, I have a massive collection of wood rackets from Goodwill- and I can’t wait to cut into them!

  33. Are you kidding me???? These are amazing!!! Are you or did you sell them? You are the repurposing queen! My hat is off to you on this one my friend!

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