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DIY Baseball Wreath – Step-by-step Tutorial
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own baseball wreath. What a great way to celebrate summer, the sport and your favorite baseball player or team. There are two challenges with this project. The first is where to find the baseballs. One thing I certainly have learned…baseballs aren’t cheap! You can scavenge the used sports equipment stores (You’ll have the best luck during off-season), repurpose your son’s practice baseballs like I did or buy new ones (averaging $2.50 and up). The second challenge is to keep the wreath from sagging from the weight of the baseballs. I found an affordable, easy fix for this! Read on to find out how easy it is.
- (11) Baseballs New or used, depends on the look you want
- (11) 2-inch screws
- 12 inch, green wire wreath form
- Wired twine or similar
- One square of faux grass
- Scissors and/or wire snips
- Drill with Philips head bit
- Permanent marker
- Hot glue gun
- Felt bumpers – so the screws don’t scratch your door 🙂
- (Optional) Ribbon for bow
- (Optional) Decorative add-ons
Project time: about 30-45 minutes.
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Take the wire wreath form with the curved side up. Place that onto your work surface and arrange your baseballs how you would like them to be viewed. Since my baseballs were used, I wanted to avoid the heavy scuff marks and make sure there was a nice visual variety. There is a slight curve in the form that helps to keep the baseballs in place.
Pick up baseball and flip over to opposite side that was resting on form. You will need a drill and drill bit with philips head drill bit. Our baseballs were soft enough to drill without using a vice, but you may want to use one. Drill the screw into the baseball and leave about 1/4″ sticking out. You will need this to tie to the wreath form.
Position the baseballs with the screw side up and place the wire form on top so that the screw is in the middle section.
Cut about a 3-4″ piece of wired twine. Position the screw near the middle ring of the wire form. Twist the twine around the screw and then feed it through the wire form until baseball is secured to the form. If it doesn’t feel secure, then keep twisting the wire around until it is. Continue this step until all of the baseballs are secured to the form.
Place the wreath right side up onto the back side of the artificial grass. This is for the center part of the wreath. I found this grass at a local craft store in the floral department. If you want the center to be open and more wreath-like, move on to step 7.
You will want to make a rough tracing of the center of the circle onto the turf. The idea is that the grid structure is enough to tuck under the baseballs once it’s flipped over and be secure enough not to need glue. Cut about 1/4″ bigger than the circle you trace. After the turf is cut, flip it over and gently push into the center of the wreath. You will be able to tuck the grid parts under the baseballs. Secure with a glue gun if desired.
This step is for the outer, in-between baseball grass. I cut 3 tufts of grass from the grid (left) and stuffed it in-between the baseballs (right). You can use a glue gun to secure the grass to the baseballs. Continue until all sections are filled.
That’s how easy it is! You can add your own touches to personalize your wreath.
I added a bow and my son’s number in his team colors. You can keep it simple or add as much decor as you like. One other tip would be to add felt to the back of the wreath if it will be hung on a door that has a delicate surface or is frequently used since the screws could scratch the surface. Also, I highly recommend a strong wreath hanger.
See you at the fields!
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Love this! Thanks for taking the time to create a tutorial.
I’m glad you like it! It’s really so easy to make.
What size wreath form did you use?
Hi Marilyn! It’s a 12 inch wreath form. Thanks for your question. I will update the post with that info. Have a great day!
Brilliant! This is similar to what I envisioned for my sister’s front door 🙂 Thanks so much!
Thanks for the tutorial!! By chance did you put anything on the back so the screws don’t scratch the door ?
Hi Pamela! Yes, I did add round felt bumpers like the ones you use for kitchen cabinets. They are self adhesive and just the right size to cover the screws and protect the door from scratches. Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I’d love to see your wreath if you make one.
Very cute!! Think this can be done using softballs instead??
Thanks! I do think you could use softballs. The wire wreath frame has a slight curve to it that helps to hold them onto it. I think it would work with softballs too. You would just use less of them. If the spacing is off, you can always add more grass in between the gaps or use ribbons. I’d love to see what you create!
Thanks for the idea! I am in the middle of making my own (16 inch wreath = 15 baseballs, BTW). How did you secure the numbers to the grass?
Thanks for checking out my baseball wreath post! I’d love to see your wreath when you’re finished. 🙂 I used my glue gun to secure the numbers while it was laying flat. I put a thick zig-zag stripe down the center of each. Let it cool and that was it. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Can you tell me where to get used baseballs
Hi Janet –
You can find used baseballs at your local used sports equipment store. Our local store is called Play It Again Sports.
This is a great idea! I work at our community college’s athletic department. I am going to make one with both softballs and baseballs. I was thinking of ways to use mini footballs, volleyballs, basketball, etc to make them for each sport. Thanks for the ideas!
Thanks for your comment! I’d love to see it when you are finished.
What size artificial grass square did you use?
It was 10″ x 10″