Baseball is life. At least that is the mantra around my house! I am outnumbered by 3 males in my family, all madly in love with the sport. My husband grew up loving and playing it and our 2 boys are following in the same footsteps. While I end up spending practically every weekend at the baseball field, I’ll admit, I love it! Given my fondness for all things crafty and creative, one way I can get my youngest to spend some time with mama is by incorporating his passion with my craftiness and making something baseball-related. The older he gets the less he wants to sit and craft with me, so this time I told him to head out to the yard and grab a few smooth rocks–we’re about to get our craft on–baseball style!
This project is as easy as it sounds. The trick is finding ultra-smooth stones, and then just letting your imagination run wild!
To make these baseball style rocks you’ll need:
- 2-3 rocks
- Chalkboard paint – traditional black
- Craft paint – white and red
- 3 art brushes – 1 thin with a fine point and 2 regular
- White paint pen
- White chalk (optional)
Wash the rocks with soap and water and allow to dry. Paint 2 rocks in the chalkboard paint, and 1 in white. The white rock may require additional coats, depending on how dark it was to begin with. Get your child involved! Have them paint a couple of the rocks.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly. Have your child (or you if your hand is steadier) paint red ‘stitches’ on the white rock, to resemble a real baseball.
Rub the black rocks with the chalk, then wipe off with a dry paper towel. This will give it a more authentic chalkboard look.
Lastly, using the paint pen write “baseball is life” or whatever fun baseball message on the rocks. We made one with his number on it as well (#9 is his favorite because it was Ted Williams’ number).
Because my son is only 7, I thought it’d be best if I did the writing. If your child has great handwriting then, by all means have them do it. They’ll be so proud of the end result!
These cute rocks were a cinch to decorate. They are already in full display on the shelf next to his baseball trophies, and I have a feeling they’ll be around for years to come!
How do you incorporate your kid’s passions into your together time?