Upcycle Old Tennis Rackets into Stylish Mirrors

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM Comments comments (1)

When I was clearing out my stuff before my big move, I found a couple of wooden tennis rackets long forgotten and collecting dust in the basement. What would be a clever way to reuse them, thought I? Well,  Country Living magazine has a clever and fun way of transforming them into stylish mirrors.

Here are the instructions:

1. Take a racket to a glass shop and ask them to cut a mirror to fit inside the racket. You could, if you like, also get them to custom-cut bevel the edges of the mirror but this can be pricey.

2. Following the package instructions, squeeze a mirror adhesive (Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive $4.97 from onto the back of the looking glass and firmly press it onto the strings (be sure to protect your work surface with newspaper).

3. Let the adhesive dry overnight before hanging this decorative ace from a nail.

NOTE: If you have glass cutting tools and an old mirror you can use, measure the inside of the tennis racket and cut the mirror to fit. Then go to step 2 above to attach the mirror to the racket. You won't get a beveled edge with this mirror but you'll save money doing it yourself. Just be careful cutting the glass and make sure you sand the edges to avoid cuts.

Image Country Living magazine.

Recycling sports, hobby and outdoor equipment

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Instead of chucking your old soccer balls or barbecue grill, why not recycle these instead. Most equipment can be recycled if you know how to go about it.


Bicycles. In Ottawa, donate your bike to Recyclore Bicycle Recycling, described on their website as "a non-profit volunteer organization providing our community with used bicycles, a do-it-yourself repair shop, and a bicycle-recycling depot. They "promote low-cost transportation, exercise, and fun with minimal impact to our environment."


Location: St. Paul Catholic High


2675 Draper Avenue Ottawa


If your bike is too far gone, remove tires and other non-metal parts and recycle the frame. Check your town/city's website for details.


In Britain, the organization Re-cycle sends used bicycles to Africa. Raleigh gives buyers of new bikes a discount for their old ones and contributes these to Re-cycle.


Backpacks, binoculars, telescopes, tripods. The American Birding Association provides equipment for Latin American bird conservationists and accepts donations of these items.


Send your equipment donations to:


ABA/Birders' Exchange

4945 No. 30 th. St. Suite 200

Colorado Springs, CO 80919


Barbecue Grills. Replacing your old grill? Get rid of your old one by recycling it in yuor town's metal recycling program. First, however, remove the grate and other metal parts and clean these thoroughly.


Hockey sticks, balls, sports gear. Play it Again Sports in Ottawwill buy sports equipment and gear in good condition Find locations in your area at


Yoga mats. Wash your mat thoroughly, then mail it to Recycle your mat.

Check the site for locations close to you. You can also bring your mats to a local women's shelter.


Now that you know what to do, please consider recycling all that unused gear and equipment.