30+ Upcycling Ideas for Used Sports Equipment

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Used Sports Equipment

Used sports equipment is something I find frequently at thrift stores and yard sales. From golf clubs, to skis, to tennis rackets, to bowling balls – I’ve just about seen it all while secondhand shopping. The good news, though, is that there are a TON of upcycling ideas for used sporting goods, so they won’t go to waste.

Over the years, I’ve upcycled sports gear in various ways. For whatever reason, I’m particularly drawn to vintage tennis rackets – the wooden kind. I’ve created Christmas cross stitch on the racket heads

Unique Christmas decor and fireplace Christmas decorations by doing cross stitch on vintage tennis rackets


And for the vintage tennis racket handles that were leftover from my cross stitch project? Boho jewelry or wooden pendants – and no, I’m not kidding. These came from vintage rackets – isn’t that wild? Who knew they looked like this inside…

Vintage wooden tennis racket repurposed as a DIY boho chic wood pendant necklace by Sadie Seasongoods

Thankfully, there are some fantastic repurposed projects and upcycling ideas out there for used sporting goods or used sports equipment. From rackets to clubs to balls to footwear, a project is just waiting to happen. I gathered up my favorite blog posts about upcycling some sporting supplies / sports gear for you for inspiration!


Upcycling Ideas for Used Sports Equipment

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So many good upcycling ideas for whichever sporting supplies or sports gear is lurking in your closet and garage. Do any of them speak to you? Or perhaps seeing them has sparked a new upcycling idea in your mind.

Either way, hopefully you’ll be able to put your used sports equipment / used sporting goods to new reuse now!

If you enjoyed these repurposing ideas, then you may also enjoy this wall mounted bottle opener that started as recipe card box at the thrift store!

Upcycling a recipe card box into a bottle cap catcher for a wall mounted bottle opener for man cave decor and Father's Day gift by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. These are all so clever that it’s hard to pick a favorite. I like ’em all. Pinned.

  2. What a bunch of awesome ideas!! I love the tennis balls and the lady bug golf balls!! And the bat stool…… Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  3. Very unique ideas!

  4. Such ingenuity! I’m always amazed at what people create!

  5. So many creative ideas!! I really like the golf club duck!

  6. LOVE all these re-purposed ideas. Not sure why I like best as there are so many great ones. Lots of ideas for my own kids and their various sports. Visiting from Homemade and Handcrafted party.

  7. So many cute ideas here, I would never have considered re-purposing half of these items! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

  8. So much great inspiration here. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  9. You got a lot of great stuffs here. The colorful old bowling ball bag is so adorable. Thanks for sharing!


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