Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's Your Racquet? - Tennis Racquet to Cork Board DIY Tutorial


Recently I picked up a couple racquets at a local flea market.

I had seen some tennis racquet mirrors on Apartment Therapy some time ago and I loved them, but knew working with mirrored glass would definitely be seven years bad luck for me, so thought I would try a similar kind of thing with cork.

So here is an easy, peasy tutorial to turn your old racquet into a cork board message center.

You can make them with or without a fabric covering - I am making these two as a gift and this fabric is perfect for the tennis nut I am thinking about.

You will need:

1. racquet(s)
2. cork
3. fabric
4. cardboard
5. paper
6. staplegun
7. scissors
8. screwdriver
9. glazier points


1. Create a paper template by making dots along the inside edge of the racquet
2. Adjust your template until it fits perfectly inside the racquet
3. Use the template to cut the cork and a piece of cardboard
4. Iron your fabric and using a staple gun wrap the fabric around the cork and cardboard; secure tightly
5. Using glazier points (used in framing) and a screwdriver secure the corkboard into the racquet



Note- those framed prints in my livingroom (top photo) are by the amazing f2images!

1. Vintage tennis racquets at BrightWallVintage
2. Art for Dogs by StrayDogArts
3. Short white skirt by LaBronz
4. Tennis ball cufflinks by QA Create
5. Tennis ball bath bomb by Layla
6. Cats Playing Badminton Brooch by Bramble and Bear

15 comments:

Rary Fenning said...
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Rary Fenning said...

Great racquet craft idea... never would have thought of such a nifty thing! Thanks for including my Cats playing Badminton brooch. :)

Sherry said...

Those are so cute! I'd have them filled with notes in a matter of moments. I do love those tennis ball cuff links, too.

xoSherry

lillyella said...

very cool, Cat! Where do you get your thick cork board?

Laura said...

Great blog! :)
Thank you for including my tennis skirt! :)

Catherine Ivins said...

Thanks guys- Nicole I will convo you.

laura slocum said...

I'm going to keep my eye open for old racquets, great idea!!

Christine's Beadworks said...

A great idea! Thanks for sharing,
Christine

sheila at shecological said...

how cute! I would be tempted to take it off the wall and hit a ball around! I so love those old wooden rackets! I passed one up at a goodwill in Seattle last year and I am still regretting it!

Catherine Ivins said...

Sheila- yes, I always regret the things I've left behind at the goodwill!

justagirl said...

I have read a few blogs today and they full of geniusness... and this is totally up there on the genius scale. I love it!!!

Deanne said...

omg i love it, hmmm i need to go find me a racket :)

Rando said...

another brilliant idea!! gonna try this as Christmas gifts for my niece and a buddy of mine! they both love tennis and photography - so I'ma try and make the racquet a space to display their photos! thanks for sharing!!

Jen and Laurie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I referenced it on my blog: reclaimedcraftsnorthampton.blogspot.com.

Jen

Jen and Laurie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I referenced it on my blog: reclaimedcraftsnorthampton.blogspot.com.

Jen