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If you’re like me, you’re really into baseball season. This is why today I’m making a cool hat rack made with real baseballs! Spring training is in full swing, regular season is about to get underway and we’re stoked!
The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and of course it’s spring training time! We love watching games on TV or sneaking away to catch one over a long weekend. We like to get to the park early, hang out and see if we can chat it up with some of our favorite players!
If it’s baseball, we’re ready to go! This is my inspiration for our DIY hat rack. I know I’m not the only one who needs a hat rack specifically dedicated to my favorite baseball caps….right?
Baseball Hat Rack
Let’s get started on that hat rack made with baseballs, shall we? It’s rare to find DIY baseball projects that use the actual balls in a practical way. That’s why I decided to do one, and I have to say, it came out pretty cool!
If you love doing pallet projects, this one can be filed under “easy” and you’ll be done in under 20 minutes, aside from dry time. I love the way this piece looks with the use of pallet boards because it reminds me of a rustic, old-timer baseball theme – the boards with a nice clear oil look like an worn catcher’s mitt… It’s a nostalgic piece!
- 2 pallet boards about 16″ long; one wider than the other
- Sand paper
- 3″ Screws
- Drill with drill bit slightly smaller than the screws
- Wall hangers
- Paint, stain or sealer – finish to your style.
- PPE: Gloves, Eye Protection, Respirator etc…
Pallet Tip: Only use pallets that are marked with the code: DB or HT . DB stands for Debarked and HT stands for Heat Treated. Both of these pallet types should contain no chemicals. Pallets without these markings likely contain chemicals that you do not want want to breathe or have in your home.
I had to paint a “B” that I found at the craft store. Being from New England, it’s no surprise who my favorite ball team is. I’m placing the B on top of the shelf for a little decoration.
Grab your two boards, one should be wider than the other. Cut both pallet boards to about 16 inches long. Sand them smooth to remove any splinters or rough spots.
Measure and drill three holes evenly spaced across the middle, or just below middle of the wider board. Use a drill bit slightly smaller in width than the 3 inch screws you’re using. If you’re unsure of where to drill, place your ball caps on the board to give you a better visual.
Fit the pieces together in an L shape, so the narrow board is sitting on top of the other. This will create the top shelf. Drill a few pilot holes through the top of the shelf and into the side of the wide board with your drill bit. Attach the two boards together with screws. Three across should do the trick.
Head to your paint and stain storage shelf to pick out a finish. I will use a danish oil for my boards. This really gives it a rustic, but finished look.
PS: This is the same finish I used when I refinished that thrift shop desk. I’m using foam brush to apply the oil because pallet wood is usually a little more splintery than new wood, and a rag tends to snag. Apply the oil with a foam brush and gently wipe off with a rag.
Now that our hat rack has a nice finish on it and has had the chance to dry completely, we’re ready to attach our baseballs!
Using your 3″ screws, screw through the back of the board using the pre-drilled holes. Once the screw peeks through the front of the board, place the center of the baseball on the screw – give it a little push to embed the tip of the screw through the leather. Hold the ball firmly and slowly screw the screw into the ball until it is secure.
Now that the balls are attached to the board, you can attach a wall hanger on the back and attach it to the wall. This is a light piece, so you can use anything from picture frame velcro strips to regular wall hangers – your choice. Simply check the weight that the hanger can hold and plan accordingly.
You could also stencil on your child’s name or use your Cricut machine to make something else fun – personalize it!
Who’s your favorite baseball team?
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