A sporty decoration: Find out how to make a cool chalkboard from your old tennis racket
- Cost< 50 £
- Duration1-3 h
Is your old tennis racket tucked away in your basement? Are you looking for a sporty decoration to spruce up your wall at home? Then this small project is the right choice for you: We’ll show you how to make a cool chalkboard from an old tennis racket.
Let's go - step by step
Remove the strings
You need: carpet/utility knife, padding to protect the work surface, tennis racket
Before you can begin this project, you will first need to get a tennis racket. If you don’t have an old one lying around in your basement or attic, you can probably find one at a flea market or through classified ads on the Internet.
Then let’s begin by removing the strings from the old tennis racket using a craft knife. Make sure you don’t leave any bits of string on the frame.
Trace out the shape of the racket
You need: pencil, thin wooden board, a steady hand
You will replace the removed strings with a thin wooden panel later on. In order to mark the measurements for the panel, simply place the racket on the wooden board and trace around the inside using a pencil.
Saw out the shape
Next, saw the traced oval shape out of the board. The quickest way to do this is using a jigsaw. However, you can also just use a fretsaw. This might take a little longer, but isn’t any less precise.
Apply the blackboard paint
You need: paint roller or paintbrush, disposable gloves, blackboard paint
Next, you will need to paint the wooden panel with blackboard paint so you can write on your new decorative tennis racket in chalk. The quickest way to do this is to use a paint roller.
Paint the piece of wood on both sides to prevent it from bowing.
Allow the board to dry fully before going any further. Refer to the packaging to find out how long the paint will take to dry.
Glue the board
You need: Cordless glue gun, patience, precision
Next, use a glue gun to stick the oval wooden board to the racket.
Before you do so, think about which side of the racket you would like to display. Place the racket on the work surface together with the board and with the front facing down. If you place the board on a small platform (e.g. two pencils) it will be easier to position it in the centre of the tennis racket frame.
Apply the glue so that you bond the inside of the racket with the board.
Now all you need is a little bit of creativity for your daily motivational quote. Your revamped tennis racket is sure to brighten up your wall, as well as your day!