Saturday, October 31, 2015

Jewelry Holder for the Tennis Fan


You gotta love a sport where each game starts with the word LOVE.  
Even though it means you haven't scored any points yet, it is a kinder way to say ZERO.
When DecoArt asked me to create room decor for a sports fan, tennis immediately came to mind.  As it turns out,  I am a decent player on the doubles court.  

I started this project on a search for a vintage wooden tennis racquet  You can usually find them hiding in the corners of thrift stores.  I paid $6, which was a bargain compared to the ones I saw at last week's flea market for $50 and more!

I sketched out my plan to turn the racquet into not only decor, but a useful jewelry holder.  
I chose colors that tied into tennis: blue representing the courts and neon yellow for the ball, with white & black for the trim.  The paints are Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic.
 First, I painted the entire racquet (including the strings).
 Then I painted white stripes on the handle and sides of the racquet face
 and added rhinestones around the frame.
The ball was a bit tricky.  I didn't want to try cutting a real tennis ball in half. After some thought, I used a paper mache cupcake top, which has a flat bottom.  I painted it neon yellow with white stripes, added a sticker that reads, "Queen of the Court," and hot glued it to the racquet face.
Queen of the court
 Lastly, I screwed small cup hooks into the holes where the strings are looped through.
Voila!  Not only will I kill it on the court, I will now be able to quickly accessorize my outfit before warming up.  
tennis jewelry

Queen of the Court

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Disclosure: DecoArt provided me with product and compensation for this project. 
However, all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.


1 comment:

  1. What a unique idea! I recently received four previously used tennis rackets and wasn't sure what to do with them, I don't play. Hmmmm, you've got my creative juices flowing!

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