Courtney from Sweet C's Designs recently started a creative blog AND a gorgeous etsy shop, and let me tell you--this lady is talented! Batter up, Courtney!
I have to tell you a little story before we start our craft today... when I decided to leave a high profile job in politics behind to stay at home with my little man, I found myself looking for inspiration in my new "world", and I instinctively turned to craft blogs. I stumbled across a blog I absolutely adored and read all the time... and then one day the author posted a picture of her son- and I recognized him! Turns out this wonderful little blog was run by Alison, who I went to high school with and we had recently reconnected on Facebook! (I'll admit I was not super observant at first, as I know she posts a picture on the side of her site with a bio... I had a new baby and was clearly in the clouds). Oopsey Daisy was such a pleasure for me to read, I got inspired to start my own blog because of Alison! I am totally honored to be guest posting here today.
Our lives are very heavily influenced by baseball- my husband spends weekend afternoons parked in front of Rockies games (although he's an O's fan at heart after growing up in Annapolis), and my brother used to play in the minor league for the Minnesota Twins. My brother is still busy traveling the globe playing for teams in Japan, Germany and Australia- anywhere in need of a very tall (6'7") pitcher. So when summer rolls around, our thoughts are pretty consumed by one thing- baseball! Little man's baseball themed first birthday party is coming up soon, and I wanted some fun Fourth of July decor I could leave up all summer long that would work well with our obsession. I have seen lots of worn wood flags made with baseballs as stars, and I wanted to make my own version!
Here's how I did it:
-A large pallet (we have had this in our yard in a trash corner I am beyond embarrassed to say has been there since the old owners left. This craft was a great excuse to finally get some of the trash out of there!)
-If you don't have an old pallet laying around, you can also just use 7 worn wood boards and string them together, or nail them to two "anchor" boards running behind them (like a pallet has, but they will sit flat instead of making a box shape).
-Red, white and blue paint
-An old, large paintbrush
-Six aged baseballs (or new baseballs, some old coffee or tea, dirt, and asphalt)
-Hot glue and a hot glue gun
Paint your pallet by "dry brushing" paint on. Don't put too much paint on your brush, and sweep it quickly over the wood. An uneven look will make it look more aged- so you don't need to worry about perfection here. I did the four alternating red and white stripes at the bottom first, and then the top three I only painted half the length of the wood plank so I could then add the blue square.
I had a few on hand, but I am actually embarrassed to say we only had three, so I had to go out an buy some new baseballs (many moms will not have this problem!). Don't buy anything fancy- get the cheapest ones you can find. Next, sand the patina off the baseballs. This will make it much easier to "age" them.
Then, give the baseballs a nice little coffee (or tea) bath overnight. I set a bowl on top of this so the balls would stay fully submerged. This will give them a yellowish hue instead of being electric white.
Next, rub the baseballs all over some asphalt (the best is to rub it along the side of the road, where extra tar and sealant is) but don't rub too hard- you will tear through the thin leather.
Roll them in a little dirt or clay, and they are aged!
Next, hot glue the baseballs onto the wood. I only have six, but you could add any amount. My husband really wanted to cut these in half with his circular saw, but we never seemed to find time- but that would have given a really cool look. Arrange the "stars" however you like, and set it out to display!
I hope you enjoyed my craft!
Don't you just love Courtney?? Do you know what else I love??
I love her tutorial for making your own baker's twine!
I love this clever (printable!) baseball party invitation. Adorable!
And I ADORE this burlap farmer's market tote from her etsy shop.
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Have a great day!