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Upcycling: A tennis racket becomes a mirror

Photo: deco & style

From old to new

This mirror is a real eye-catcher in every room. Just follow our guide step by step and he will soon be with you at home.

You need this for the mirror:

  • Safety glasses and gloves
  • Tennis rackets (from the flea market, about 2 €)
  • Solid cardboard, z. B. Rear wall of the picture frame
  • Mirror (eg IKEA MINDE, 15.99 €)
  • Glass cutter (hardware store)
  • Pliers (possibly special crimping pliers for glass from the hardware store)
  • cutting rule
  • Sandpaper (grain size: 80)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • cord
  • Flat base, z. B. table, workbench
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tongs

And this is how it's done:

It may be advisable to carry out a few test runs on a glass specimen. It is necessary to wear protective goggles and gloves as the mirror may splinter.

1. Place the racket on solid cardboard and paint with the pencil along the inner edge.

2. Cut out the resulting oval.

3. Lay this template on the mirror. Use the glass cutter to cut the mirror along the template. This requires some pressure.

4. Separate the piece with the resulting oval from the rest of the mirror. To do this, draw a straight line with the cutting ruler and the glass cutter and break it down over a table edge.

5. From the oval, use the glass cutter to cut lines to the edge (like sunbeams) to make it easier to break away the edges.

6. Carefully break away the edge with the pliers.

7. Smooth the sharp edges with sandpaper. This would also work with a grinder.

8. Apply hot glue to the template and press on the strings of the racket. Turn it over quickly and place the mirror on the strings so that it is glued to the cardboard.

9. Cut the cord and glue it to the edge of the mirror with hot glue to form a clean edge.