This is a fun idea for the sports loving dad. It was easy to put together, very inexpensive and children could help make them, making this a great gift idea for Father’s Day. I used baseballs, but it could easily be switched up for any sport. I made this using the colors of the Oakland A’s, my husband’s favorite pro baseball team.
Making these took very little time and I had everything I needed on hand. I started with three rectangular craft wood pieces. Any type of wood will work, but since I already had these, they were perfect for this. I used a utility knife to cut one of the pieces in half by scoring it on each side a few times. I sanded down the rough edges.
I used Americana acrylic dark green craft paint to paint each side.
Once I had them all painted, I sanded them down a little to give them a worn look.
I have a ton of wood chip letters in my craft supplies. Since Oakland only has a two letter mascot name, that wasn’t going to work. That’s when I decided that “Play Ball.” would be a good phrase. If I wanted to do one for football, “Kick Off” or for basketball, “Tip Off” would work. I’m sure appropriate short phrases can be found for most sports.
I spray painted the letters yellow and used a spray adhesive to attach them to the wood.
To attach the base, there are various types of glue that would work, but as much as I love my hot glue, I didn’t think it would be a good choice for this. I used Carpenter’s Glue because that’s what I found in my husband’s stash in the garage. I ran a bead of the glue along the bottom edge of the long piece and held it in place onto the small piece until it began to set, then I propped it up against a larger piece of wood and let it dry for an hour.
While the glue was drying, I worked on the baseballs. The ones I used for this are hard plastic balls that were sold as Easter Basket candy holders.
I wanted to make them look a little less plastic and more worn. To get the look I wanted, I looked through my craft paint and found a bottle of Apple Barrel in Antique White paint. I poured some onto the baseball and used an old rag to smear it around and then dabbed it with a foam brush. I think the end result looks pretty much like a dirty, well used baseball.
Of course, you could use real baseballs, but I didn’t have any of those on hand, so this was a good, inexpensive alternative.
I used a dab of hot glue to secure these to the wood base.
I would suggest if you plan on using these for heavy books, a different type of wood should be used to give more strength. For the use I have in mind, this thin craft wood will be just fine.
Now that I’ve made these for my husband, I think I’m going to need a matching set in my team’s colors, red and blue for the Atlanta Braves. We have a sports room with lots of memorabilia and these bookends will look great there.
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