In keeping with today’s trend—recycle, repurpose and remake—does the idea of using all of the hockey sticks your kids (and their friends) have retired strike a chord with you?
It should. Hockey gear is not inexpensive—even if you buy it second hand—so the ability to turn retired wood sticks into useful, decorative items may be irresistible.
It doesn’t matter if you own one stick or six. It doesn’t matter if the lengths are as small as the junior size 46-inches or as long as the 63-inch length maximum length mandated by the NHL. It won’t take much woodworking skill to decorate the ultimate ice hockey lover’s room(s) with limited edition touches you won’t find anywhere else.
A good saw, screwdriver and an ounce of enthusiasm are all you’re going to need! So, let’s get started and repurpose old hockey sticks.
A hockey stick curtain project
- Sand and paint one or more hockey sticks in one or more of your favorite team’s colors.
- Purchase standard curtain rod-mounting hardware and fasten it to the area located above the window.
- Select size-appropriate curtains that feature grommets or ties at the top.
- Thread both panels onto the non-blade end of the hockey stick and adjust to enjoy a unique window treatment.
Craft a hockey stick floor lamp
- Sand and paint either 3 or 4 wood hockey sticks of equal length.
- Arrange them in a circle, blades on the floor—or plan to secure them to a circular floor lamp kit base.
- Use wood glue and other materials to bind the sticks together (e.g., decorative tape, screws, skate laces).
- Purchase a standard floor lamp kit. Feed the threaded pipes through the central shaft created by the sticks.
- Mount the socket and harp at the top of the lamp, and plug cord (flowing from the blade base) into an outlet.
- Add a lampshade and, if you can find one, a hockey-puck shaped finial that you can buy or make.
The Great Frame-up
- Don’t strip or refinish hockey sticks; you want to retain their “stressed” and worn look.
- Measure the poster you plan to frame to assess how many wood hockey sticks you’ll need.
- Use a hand saw, or jigsaw to cut lengths, retaining all of the blade ends for decorative purposes.
- Mount the poster to foam core backing using 3M spray 77 or an equivalent product that won’t cause wrinkling.
- Artfully arrange sections of hockey sticks around the poster until you’re satisfied with the look and design.
- Use small nails or an industrial stapler to fasten the wood hockey stick parts to the poster edges.
Eliminate sports cap clutter or display medals and ribbons
- Refinish a wood hockey stick to restore it to its former glory by coating a weathered stick with lacquer.
- Drill holes at equal distances, screwing prefinished pegs into each. Substitute decorative hooks if you prefer.
- Mount the hockey stick with pegs to the wall horizontally, using stick spacers or clear acrylic stick mounts.
- Hang a cap from each mount—the longer the wood hockey stick, the more caps you’ll be able to display.
- Alternately, use this mounted wood hockey stick to display ribbons and medals.
Hockey dreams headboard
- Depending on your bed size, you’ll need at least 12 hockey sticks to craft a wall-mounted headboard.
- Arrange sticks on the floor to figure out how much each one must be cut down to create a graduated display.
- Mount the tallest two sticks in the center (blades facing left and right) using discreet mounting hardware.
- Continue adding graduated length sticks (blades up and facing left and right) until the unit fits your bed.
- Alternately, remove vertical wood planks from a standard bed frame, replacing each with hockey stick section.
Decorate your bathroom hockey style
- Sand and refinish at least one junior size wood hockey stick and paint it to match your bathroom.
- Use standard towel bar mounting hardware to fasten a longer hockey stick to the wall to hold bath towels.
- Cut another wood stick down to size, sand, paint and mount it on the wall beside the sink to hold hand towels.