It’s no secret that I’m a card-carrying member of the “baseball mom club.” With both boys in travel baseball, I eat, sleep and breathe baseball. There’s no getting out of it.
This past season, we moved to a more competitive team so that “Little Ricky” would be able to travel to Cooperstown, NY and play at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. This week-long tournament is only for 12-year-olds so, it’s not like if he didn’t go with one team, there’s always next year. This is his year so we are doing everything we can to get him there.
Obviously, traveling from Miami to Cooperstown will be a huge trip for our team. That means one thing…money. So what did this already “exhausted mom” do? Volunteered to be the Fundraising Coordinator of course. (I was bored…ha!) Now that means racking my brain for different ways to raise money for these kids.
Being the crafty person that I think I am, I scoured Pinterest for fun ways to fundraise for baseball. One mom from the team found these awesome Baseball Washer Necklaces and that’s all I needed. Next thing you know, I’m knee deep in mini baseballs!
DIY Baseball Washer Necklaces
Okay, so you’re going to need washers. Since we were using these as a fundraiser, I got mine in bulk. I found that a 1-inch washer with a 1/4 inch hole was the best one to use. This way the hole was big enough for the string, but not so big it took away from the look of the baseball.
Next, you need to lay out your washers and spray them with white spray paint. I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover Paint + Primer. Don’t forget to lay them on cardboard or newspaper and spray them in a well-ventilated area. I did mine on the back patio.
Although this paint dries quickly, I let mine sit overnight to be sure they were completely dry. Don’t forget to spray both sides of the washer.
Once the washers were dry, I traced one of them onto a piece of cardstock and cut it out. I used this as the guide to draw the lines for the stitches. You will erase the lines after you use them.
What color are the stitches on baseballs? RED! You’ll need Fine Point Sharpies in red for the next step.
Using the red Sharpie, draw Vs along the pencil lines. Try to evenly space out the marks. Due to the size of the tip of the marker, these Vs sort of look like hearts, don’t you think? I think they’re cute either way.
When the Sharpie dries, you can go over the lines with an eraser so you don’t see the line any longer.
I went over both sides of the washers with Rustoleum Ultra Cover in clear gloss after the stitches were drawn. This will help with chipping.
To make the necklace part of the project, you’ll need Satin Nylon Cord. It’s just slick enough to help you easily create slip knots. Not to mention that the person who wears it can easily make the necklace as long or short as they want. I used this technique from Bored Paracord for the necklace.
After the necklaces were all done, we added personality to each. We used black Sharpies to write the players’ numbers on the bottom of the baseballs.
Softballs: We used Krylon Citrus Green Spray Paint to make softballs too.
Bracelets: We created bracelets using two slip knots.
Key Chains: We used paracord to make keychains with team colors.
- Fender washers (1″ diameter with 1/4″ hole)
- Rustoleum Ultra Paint + Primer in white
- Rustoleum Ultra Cover in clear gloss
- Red fine tip sharpie
- Black fine tip sharpie
- Necklace cord
Steps to Follow:
Step 1: Apply spray paint to both sides of washers and allow to dry.
Step 2: Trace a washer on a piece of cardstock to use as a pattern for the guidelines for the stitch pattern. Trace guidelines using a pencil.
Step 3: Add red stitching design using a red Sharpie.
Step 4: Apply clear cover to washers to protect the paint.
Step 5: Attach the satin necklace cord to the washer and create a slip-knot.
Step 6: Add player names, numbers, or other messages using the black sharpie.