Published on May 27th, 2014 | by Julie Finn3
Upcycle Old Sports Gear: 35 Projects from Used Athletic Equipment
Old sports gear is the worst! Whether it’s an unstrung tennis racket, a dented aluminum bat, or a tennis ball that’s all bounced out, nothing makes you feel like more of a waster than throwing one more piece of junk into the trash.
What if that tennis racket could be upcycled into a butterfly net? That dented aluminum bat could be made into a curtain rod? That bounced-out tennis ball could be turned into your new key keeper? Instead of tossing your used sports equipment, keep it useful by turning into one of these creations below:
1. Badminton racket earring holder: Keeping your earrings on display reminds you to wear them!
2. Badminton racket heart: Weave through the strings on a badminton or tennis racket to make a lovely design for display.
3. Balance bike: Convert a pedal bicycle into a balance bike.
4. Baseball bat coat rack: A few pieces of hardware are all you need to turn a baseball bat into a coat rack.
5. Baseball bat flag: There’s nothing more American than baseball!
6. Baseball bat lamp: Don’t buy a new baseball bat to cut up for this lamp, because it’s too easy to find a used one.
7. Baseball bat nightstand: One baseball bat is enough to construct a simple nightstand.
8. Baseball bat side table. Three baseball bats are enough to construct an entire table.
9. Basketball bag: Make an actual bag from an actual basketball.
10. Baseball bracelet: Make this easy braided bracelet from an old softball or baseball.
11. Bicycle hanger: What better to hang your bike from than… a bike?
12. Bicycle tire pouch: Use the tube from a bicycle tire to make a really cool pouch.
13. Bicycle wheel garden spinner: Whip out your stained glass supplies and make this garden spinner from a bicycle tire–it will keep the birds out of your strawberries!
14. Bowling alley table: The reclaimed wood from a bowling alley is a beautiful, eco-friendly wood for this bowling alley table.
15. Bowling ball gazing ball: Pennies are good for your garden–add them to a bowling ball to make a gazing ball.
16. Bowling ball ladybug: If you’re not into blue hydrangeas, forget the pennies and make a ladybug instead!
17. Bowling pin pretties: You can paint a bowling pin into a LOT of cute things. Here are bowling pin bunnies!
18. Golf ball cuties: You can make as many adorable things out of golf balls as you can out of bowling pins. Here’s a golf ball ladybug!
19. Golf ball painting: Add a box and some big sheets of paper, and you have the perfect outdoor art activity for the kiddos.
20. Golf tee bobbin organizer: This golf tee bobbin organizer keeps spools of thread and bobbins with the matching color together.
22. Golf tee target holder: Use golf tees and an old board to make a water gun target.
23. Hockey puck bench feet: Add non-scratch feet to your furniture. The secret ingredient? Hockey pucks!
25. Lacrosse mesh bracelet: Make a bracelet from the mesh in a lacrosse stick.
26. Soccer ball birdhouse: Birds really want to live in your old soccer ball.
27. Softball wreath: Your souvenir softballs from memorable games can do much more than just sit on the shelf.
28. Surfboard batik: An old surfboard is your new art canvas.
29. Surfboard chalkboard: A surfboard chalkboard is a large but portable surface to keep family messages.
30. Tennis ball dog toy: Add an old T-shirt to your supplies and make your dog a fun toy!
31. Tennis ball fine motor activity: “Feed the Monster” is terrific for building a little kid’s hand strength and fine motor skills.
32. Tennis ball holder: Add eyes and a mouth and a sense of purpose to an old tennis ball.
33. Tennis racket butterfly net: An unstrung tennis racket is the perfect frame for this kid-sewn butterfly net.
34. Tennis racket mirror: This project would work best with an antique wooden racket.
35. Tennis racket wreath: This wreath comes with its own stand!
Okay, now it’s your turn–tell me what sport you can’t BELIEVE I missed, and what awesome things you can make with its old gear!