Baseball Bat Flag Tutorial

 

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Hello Sweet Friends.

Today, I am so excited, honored and giddy that this fun flag we made two years ago is competing in the Ultimate Summer Bash at BHG.com this week. 

Did I really just say that?  Pinch me now please!

I am going up against three incredibly talented ladies in the DIY category.

I would be so incredibly thankful and appreciative if you voted for our flag.

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CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Oh, and if you want, you can vote every hour this whole week!

And since this is the project being voted on, I thought I would share the tutorial today.

 It was part of our summer mantel  that was a fun project to put together.

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We obviously started with the bats.  I bought then at an auction for another purpose that didn’t work out.

When I came up with the idea for this project, from the beginning I knew the problem would be cutting the bats in half.  This picture below is the only one I have – because before Hubby turned anything on – I left – in fact I went out of ear shot (but still close enough in case there was a problem).  Turns out my nervousness was putting a lot of pressure on him so I was asked volunteered to leave :).

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So, this is what I will say about this step –it is dangerous, you must know what you are doing and you must have the proper equipment.  I am not going to provide any how-to’s on this step because I am not qualified to do so.  I am in no way recommending how to do this or to do it all.  Maybe there is a woodshop locally that could do it for you?  Yeah, I would probably be asked to leave your workshop also – sorry Nervous Nellie here.

I will say to cut them (with whatever method you choose) so that the text on the bats faces out evenly on the one side.

Anyway, once the bats are cut – you need a piece of plywood.

It does not need to be smooth because the rough texture can work to your advantage.  I lined the bats up into the pattern that I wanted and then hubby cut down the plywood for me from there.

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Then I stained the plywood with a dark stain I had in our garage.  Any dark stain would work.

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Then I dry brushed white paint.  I happened to have a small amount of Annie Sloan chalk paint around so I used that (Old White).  I made sure to allow plenty of the stain to show through and for the texture of the plywood to appear.  I wanted to make sure there was enough white for the bats to pop off the background, yet still had the rustic aspect of the stain showing through.

You can see in the top of the picture I also stained the square strips that we used to make the frame.

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Sorry for the shadows, but on this day I was really holding on the sun.

Hubby started the finishing nails before we placed in on the plywood so it would be easier to apply them.

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We also added some liquid nails to really make sure it held.

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Once the frame was completed – we brought it into the garage so it could be left in place for a few days to dry.  I again used liquid nails to attach the bats.

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We had shortened three of the bats to allow for the “star” section and used of the end pieces to frame out that section.

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Once everything was in place, I left it for a few days.  There was one bat that just would not attach – it had a slight bow to it and even after clamping it, it didn’t seem to hold.  I used Gorilla Glue on that one and that seemed to work well.  I am sure that would have worked from the beginning as well.

There have been a few comments in blogland about it not being enough stripes and stars.  That is correct, it is not, we tried to get the proportions as close as we could but we were limited by the size of the bats.

We also had originally planned to cut baseballs in half and use that instead of stars.

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We have learned the cutting a baseball in half is rather difficult, however we did succeed with one.  When we placed it on, we weren’t loving it.  That is when we decided to try the starfish.  We loved it so much since it paired up all of our loves of our beautiful country, baseball and the beach.

What is more summer than that?

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However, I do think it would be really fun with the baseballs – the stars just worked better for our space.

So, we have had a few inquiries about selling these flags – maybe – we are looking into it!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Comments

  1. This looks so lovely Laura! What a fantastic job you did! I love the combination of bats and starfish…I think using baseballs would have been too literal, you made the right choice to use starfish! Their shape really plays off the long lines of the bats and the colors all look great together – very beachy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Have a great weekend! Heather :)

    • Malinda Clay says:

      I just found this yesteray and LOVE, LOVE it. My husband and I met on a baseball field 34 years ago this month and that game is very special to our family. Both boys played and our youngest played college baseball. My question: would you mind sharing what the finished size of the plywood you used and length of bats you used. I am hoping to duplicate this if I can have the OK from you. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I have placed your blog on my favorites so that I can continue to enjoy your projects.

  2. Love this tutorial! I’m a Nervous Nellie at times too so I totally relate! Thanks for sharing the ‘how-to’ behind this great inspiration piece!! Well done!!

  3. I saw something like this years ago but I don’t know where. I had tucked the idea away. What a great work of art! I love it!

  4. trinamick says:

    DId you do anyhting to the bats? Did you seal them? I love it by the way. I am a newbie to your site, but I can tell you already I love you and your style. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  5. I absolutely love that! Just pinned it and tweeted … what a fun idea for the 4th!

  6. jennie kummerer says:

    What length bats did you use?

  7. Seriously still in LOVE with this project, Laura! I hope you don’t mind, but I’d LOVE to feature it in this weekend’s upcoming patriotic themed link party on Funky Junk! :)

  8. Betty819 says:

    What a neat project! I didn’t realize your DH was sawing the bats in half until I saw him at the saw and then it hit me what he was doing. No wonder he asked you to leave the workship! He wanted to make sure he wasn’t missing any fingers. I love all the textures you have going on with this project on the mantle. Another great job by Laura but give you DH 3/4 of the credit, please! (which I know you already have.)

  9. I love it! What a great idea. I definitely will be voting for you today!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Teresa says:

    Just voted Laura! You have such an amazing talent for “grouping” décor together. Besides, what says Summer more than baseball and starfish?

  11. I love the flag!!!!
    Voted!!!

  12. Malinda Clay says:

    Love this just as much as I did two years ago….EXACTLY. When I was reading the comments I saw the one that I made two years ago TO THE DAY!! How ironic. I have all of the items needed to make but haven’t found anyone to cut my bats yet. Well, honestly I have had a lot going on in my life so this has been on the back burner. Now it’s time to start again.
    I voted and shared on Facebook. Good luck!!!

  13. I love this!! It would be perfect for a little boy’s room in the future. We too loooove baseball and the beach! Visiting from TT&J and pinning now (oh, and voting!)

  14. Oh my goodness…my husband would die over this! Thanks for linking to the Creative Collection Link Party! PINNED!

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