I don’t know where the time has gone, but my kids are on summer vacation already and all of a sudden it is time to start thinking about Father’s Day gifts. Seriously, wasn’t it just Christmas?! Each year I struggle to come up with the perfect gift for the guy who has it all, and this year was no exception. My hubs got new golf clubs for his birthday, new mountain biking gear for Christmas and I’ve already got his new golf bag ordered for our upcoming anniversary. So what’s a girl to get for her sports obsessed husband for yet another gift giving holiday? Why not a quick, simple, adorable keepsake handprint baseball that will not break the bank? Not only was my husband’s favorite little slugger included in this DIY gift, but we had this gift completed in less than two hours, including dry time for the paint. Ready to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:
baseball (I used a brand new one, but I imagine the older, the better)
baseball display case (I found mine at Michaels and used my coupon)
white, tan, brown and black acrylic paints
a willing participant to allow you to paint their hand
Add small amounts of tan and brown paint to ziploc bag, adding double those amounts of white paint. You still want the ball to be mostly white, but with some highlights here and there. Close the bag and mix the paints together a bit, then add your ball to the bag. Move the ball around from the outside of the bag until you feel like you have achieved the desired look and color. Remember that you can add more paint of any color to get just the right look for you.
Remove the ball from the bag, wipe lightly with a paper towel and allow ample time to dry. I set my ball on the bottom of a paper cup, making sure to place it down on the part that I wanted to sit in the bottom of the display case just in case there was a mark left on it from the cup. (Mine did not leave a mark, but just to be safe!)
Once the ball has dried it is time to get some assistance from a little helper. My son was
super excited kind enough to allow me to paint his hand with black paint and carefully place it on the ball. Once again, set the ball back on the cup and allow to dry again.
I’m kind of in love with the aged look of the ball. It looks as though its been handed down from generation to generation and is a family heirloom. And this was truly just a brand new ball that I picked up from Walmart that day!
Be sure to add the name and date to the bottom of the ball as this is a gift that your man will want to keep forever, and one that he can proudly display!
For right around $10 total, here is my hubby’s gift in its display case ready to be given to him:
So what do you get for your guy for Father’s Day? Do you struggle to come up with ideas each year like I do or is it an easy one for you?
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