Y’all this Homeplate project is so fun and is one of my all-time favorites! Not only is it super simple and doable for all skill levels, but it also celebrates a wonderful sport that so many are sooo passionate about. What a great project to do with or for your own ball player and it is also great to do for the whole team or as a team project. It would be so fun for the players to do this together or just gather the moms together for some mom craft time! Who is in?
Following is detailed instruction on how to do this project and a supplies list. If you would like to see a tutorial on this project watch my Facebook Live Homeplate Door Hanger Tutorial.
Step one…Drill two holes on your homeplate in the top right and left corners of the plate. Use a drill bit ¼” – ⅜”, it just needs to be large enough to thread the jute through. I prefer the ⅜” hole, but anything you have available in that size range will do! Remove any sawdust debris and you are good to go.
Step two…Paint homeplate yellow. Using your chip brush and yellow paint, dry brush the yellow paint onto the board. That means don’t put the paint on very heavy and don’t add more paint to your brush until it is dry (not putting out anymore paint). Use horizontal and vertical strokes to create a linen look pattern with the strokes in a few areas of the board. That adds some interest. As far as coverage goes you will want to leave some of the natural board peeking through in a few places and around the edges. **If you don’t like the distressed dirty look of the home-plate the way we did it, then just paint your board solid yellow.
Step three…Distress and “Dirty Up” your homeplate. If you want you can lightly sand over the yellow paint, just to rough it up a bit or removed any yellow that was too heavy. Wipe the board clean, then using a foam brush, brush on the antiquing wax, and then wipe it off with a rag. If it turns out darker than you would like, get your yellow chip brush back out and put more yellow back on. Just keep working with it until it looks like you want it to.
Step four…Add the stitching. Using red paint and a small paint brush, paint a thin line arc and then add the V-shaped stitch. If you are uncomfortable with this step, print out this template that will help add the arc and the V-shaped stitch.
Step five…Mod Podge on the cardstock name cutouts. Brush on a thin but visible coat of mod podge. You just want to be able to see a thin white coat, you do not want it too thick and drippy. Place name cutout on top of the glue and gently push it down with your brush while applying a coat of mod podge on top of the name cutout. Add the number to the flag the same way. Let this dry making sure that the name and number are down securely with no bubbles underneath. Then apply one more thin coat to the entire board. This will give the board the same finish all over.
Step six…Tie on the jute hanger through the pre-drilled holes.
Optional: Add a bow to the jute hanging string.
Following is a list of the supplies I used for this project. Most items can be found at your local craft store, dollar store, discount store or on Amazon. In some cases, I have been able to find the exact items on Amazon. So I have provided my affiliate link for you below for your convenience. Please reach out if you have any questions. I am excited you will be trying this project and I would love to see a picture of it.
- Home Plate board
- Yellow Paint (Folk art Daffodil Yellow)
- Chip Brush
- Antique Wax
- Red Chalk Paint
- Black Cardstock
- Mod Podge
- Mod Podge Brush
- Burlap and Ribbons
- Foam brush for wax and for mod podge
- Old rag – not included in kits
- Stitching paintbrush
- Pipe cleaner
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