40+ Upcycling Ideas for Sports Stuff

40+ Upcycling Ideas for Sports Stuff

Sports “stuff” 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, especially the wooden kind.

I’ve created Christmas cross stitch on the racket heads

Christmas cross stitch on a wooden tennis racket

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. Aren’t they wild?

Wooden pendant necklace from a vintage tennis racket

Who knew they looked like this inside…

Thankfully, there are tons of fantastic repurposed projects and upcycling ideas out there for sports stuff. From rackets to clubs to balls to footwear, a project is just waiting to happen.

Repurposing a wood paddle as wooden oar decor and rustic coat rack

I gathered up some of the best upcycling ideas for to help you be inspired to dig out those old rackets and balls from the garage.

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. Even if you don’t think something is upcyclable, it probably actually is. Like this idea for vintage horse brass, which could certainly be applied to sports medals, too!

tablecloth weights with horse brass

Do any of them speak to you? Or perhaps seeing them has sparked a new upcycling idea in your mind.

Leather arrow quiver as a harvest wreath

Either way, hopefully you’ll be able to put your used sporting goods to new reuse now! There is simply SO MUCH CREATIVITY out there for old sports stuff, isn’t there?

If you enjoyed these repurposing ideas, then you may also enjoy this snack basket that looks like a football stadium. Perfect for game day when everyone comes over to watch the big game!

Snack basket that looks like a stadium for tailgating at home

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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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