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Monday, July 9, 2012

Scrabble Sports Frame & Baseball Wreath

Trying to decorate a college age student's room can be so difficult. Since my son actually lives in a rental house while at college, he took his bed and belongings with him. When we moved into our house, I wanted to make his room still feel like home.

He is a sports fanatic majoring in sports journalism. He also loves his Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. When he left for college, he took his seriously falling apart Cowboys comforter with him. He wouldn't let me buy him a new even though I tried. Guess what's on his bed now? Yep, a new Cowboys comforter. I can't wait to see if he tries to take it with him when he returns to school in the fall! :)   Anyway, I decided to go with a sports theme in his room.  I came up with the idea to use Scrabble tiles to make a sports related picture for his desk.

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 I actually started out using this polka dotted paper, but decided he really wouldn't care for the polka dots. :)

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This is such a quick, easy way to add a little team spirit to your home!
                                                                                                

Since he was a baseball player, I also added a baseball wreath with his number on it.  The "girly" side of me is fighting the urge to add a bow on there somewhere.   I think I see cutting up that Rangers towel in the near future to add to the wreath!!!!  

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 I was so lucky that one of my student's dad is a college baseball coach.  I told him if he ever had some old baseballs to dispose of, I would gladly take them off his hands.  To my excitement, the next day my sweet student brought me a bag full of baseballs.  Isn't that the life of a DIYer?  I was so excited to have a bag full of old, very used baseballs!!!!  LOL    I also bought some new ones to mix in with the "not so gently" used baseballs.  It gave it more of a rugged look.  My son loved it!

A little piece of info for anyone who wants to make a baseball wreath.  The new practice balls were not to difficult to drill through, but those real baseballs are a pain to drill all the way through.  My wrist was sore the next day.  The wreath is very heavy, so make sure it is securely attached to the wall.

I have a few more baseball projects to share, and the Annie Sloan Chalk Painted furniture.  From the looks of this college student's room at the moment,  I won't be posting that until he goes back to school.

I hope you've enjoyed the sport projects.  I appreciate you stopping by more than you will ever know!!!  Have a blessed and wonderful week.

                                                                 KATHY

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34 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

Hi Kathy! Welcome to blogging and my linky party. I am sure happy you found it. This is the cutest project. Enjoy the party, and be sure to meet a few off the list! they are here for the same reason and would LOVE to meet you!

Elena said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for stopping by my blog 'a casarella! I'm glad you found me as this was my last eligible newbie party at Debbie's :(

I have to ask if the "Lakeshore Drive" in your blog name is the one in Chicago? I lived in Chicago for many years and loved it. In fact, that's where I began my teaching career!

Best of luck on your blog. Consider me a new follower!

--Elena
acasarella.blogspot.com

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Kathy,

Thank you for participating in my giveaway!

Erika@BeBookBound said...

What a cute idea! I love that it is unique, meaningful, AND artistic!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Hi Kathy,
I wanted to reply to your comment on my blog but you have your "show email" feature turned off so I couldn't. Some people don't know about this so wanted to share that bit of info. You just need to check the "show my email" box and people will be able to respond to your comments via email (of course, you may not want that). Anywho ... I love that baseball wreath. So creative! Thanks for stopping by!

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Love this idea! With 3 girls, mine would have the polka dots for sure! I am here to follow you back! Life to the full to you!

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Great decoration ideas. Thanks for following and I am following you right back. Lucky you made a comment because I couldn't find your blog until I looked at my comments.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Great scrabble use idea. I saw your comment on Denise@secondtimearoundfinds, came over to visit and am following.

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much for following! I just followed you, also! That's what friends are for. :) Can't wait to check out your blog.
HUGS

SweetPepperRose said...

Sweet up cycle art with the scrabble letters!
JoAnn
sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

Peggy Meckling said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love what you did with the old baseballs and scrabble tiles. Really great ideas! I'm your newest follower!

momto8blog said...

oh yes!! My boys are baseball players...they would love the artwork..it is cool!!! you did a great job.
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Kathy Moody said...

I am glad I found you, too! Congrats on graduating the Newbie Party!! :) Actually, it is in Louisiana! Apparently there's another biggie in Nashville, also. ha

Thank you for returning the follower. :)

Kathy Moody said...

Thank you so much, and I am now your newest follower. Also added you on G+! :)

Deanne said...

I love the scrabble frame - such a great idea!

Deme Crinion said...

The scrabble frame is such a cute idea! My boys would love this :)

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

Super fun idea. Men are so hard to craft for:)

Rebecca said...

Those are great. My family is very into sports and the sports themed wall decoration looks good.

Melanie said...

I really like how you mixed a few new balls in with the old ones, it adds a really nice contrast. And I love the idea of creating art with scrabble tiles...now I just need to think of somewhere I could put something like that!

mycreativelyvintagelife.com said...

I Love Love the scrabble frames. I'm so doing that as a gift for my bestie! Found you via a blog hop and am now a new follower!

Full Circle Creations said...

Such clever ideas! Love the baseball wreath! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

Holly

Toodie said...

Both great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

This is such a great idea!! I'm following along :)

Kathie said...

This is so cute! I know your son will love these. I think the baseball wreath is adorable! Thanks so much for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It! I am now following you to see what you're gonna make next!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Cute ideas for a boy's room!

Kathie said...

Featured your cute baseball wreath this week! Stop by and grab a featured button and link up any other projects you'd like!

Kimberly Sminkey said...

Oh Kathy, as the mom of a pre teen baseball fanatic, I just love this post... I love the baseball wreath so much and have wanted to make one for him for a little while too. Like you though, I'll have to resist the urge to add a bow or a lil something on there so your idea to use his numbers is fabulous!!!

Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!
xoxo
Kim

Kimberly Sminkey said...

Stopping back to let you know that you have been featured this week on Tip Toe thru Tuesday! Stop by and grab a feature button if you like!!!!!!!!

Evelyn said...

I love these ideas! Not just because I am a major Cowboy fan but I also have 3 grandsons that live,eat and sleep baseball. Thank you so much for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Have a marvelous week!

Judy said...

Those are great. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Trish said...

Would you please share a little bit more about how you actually made the wreath? You said you drilled the baseballs. Did you use wire and if so, what guage? Any other information you can share, I would appreciate. I'd really like to make one of these for my grandson and include his dad's old baseballs. Thanks.

Kathy Moody said...

I am more than happy to share how I made the baseball wreath. I actually used a wire hanger for the frame. That made it sturdy enough to hold the baseballs. Next, I drilled on each side of the baseball trying my best to meet in the middle. I used a medium sized bit. Once I drilled as far as the bit would go, I reversed the bit and back it out. This helped to remove some of the inner material. Then do the same thing on each side. This helps to hollow out the hole through the ball. If you are using a professional baseball, be sure and have a super firm grip on the ball. Just please be careful and don't let the drill slip. Start out just getting getting a small hole, then you can speed up the drill. The cheaper practice balls are so much easier. Oh yea, be sure you are standing over a trash can because it will make a huge mess. It's interesting to see just what all is inside those baseballs. LOL Next I ran the hanger through each ball. Once you get the hang of the first few, it really is easy. Just tough on the wrist from gripping the ball. :) I used pliers to close the two hanger pieces together. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you need anything else.
I used a picture hook to hang it on the wall, and wrapped some floral wire several times around the top of the hanger to hold it. It is quite heavy once you get all the baseballs on there. I can't wait to see yours!! It is so awesome that you have the family baseballs. :)

Have a great weekend, and happy wreath making. Just joined your blog so I can check it out.

HUGS

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