Upcycled Wooden Pendants from Vintage Tennis Rackets

Upcycled Wooden Pendants from Vintage Tennis Rackets

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?

Oversized Christmas Cross Stitch Holiday Decor on a Repurposed and Upcycled Vintage Wooden Tennis Racket Racquet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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.

Using a miter saw to cut off handles from vintage wooden tennis rackets for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My love affair with the miter saw began here…

Handles from vintage tennis rackets for repurposing DIY craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The discards…or so I thought!

When lo and behold, the people I was crafting with and I discovered something crazy.

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

Vintage wooden tennis racket handles turned into wooden pendants by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The pleasantest of surprises…

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. And more specifically, PENDANTS.

Making Pendants from Discards

So we went back to the miter saw and sliced off small segments.

Wooden pendants from vintage wood tennis rackets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Each was unique…and lovely.

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.

Wood necklace pendants from vintage wooden tennis rackets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Redefining “cool” right here, I tell ya…

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? 😉

Wooden pendant necklaces from vintage wooden tennis racket handles by Sadie Seasongoods

Done and stun.

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

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PIN ME!Wooden pendant necklaces from vintage wood tennis racket handles by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


  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!!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so very much- it was truly a wonderful discovery…especially when I thought there’d be no use for them!

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

  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.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks!! They actually all sold immediately, LOL…but I’m making more! 😀

      • So that’s why I didn’t see any in your shop! That’s a good thing for you, though! Your leather cuffs are beautiful. I’ll have to remember to ask my daughter if that is something she would like. I’m glad I went over there.

  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!

  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?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      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!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much!! I just want to cut into every old racket I see because they’re all so different!

  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!


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