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‘Daddy’s First Homerun’ DIY Sign for Father’s Day

‘Daddy’s First Homerun’ DIY Sign for Father’s Day

This DIY project is perfect for Father’s Day, a birthday, or even Christmas. It’s especially perfect for new dads! Every year I have a hard time trying to figure out what to get my husband for holidays. Now, we have added another holiday that requires a gift, Father’s Day! So, I decided to take a look around the web and see if I could find any inspiration. My husband doesn’t seem to match the gift ideas they have out there for other men. Nothing really seems to scream, “This will be the best gift ever!” when looking around. I always tend to resort to making something when I can’t seem to find the right gift to buy.

My husband is a huge Texas Rangers fan and is very invested in baseball every year. I found some signs that incorporated baseball and dads but decided to go with my own version. I came up with the sign below. It was pretty easy to make and I took photos as I went along to show each step.

You can buy your board from a store such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. Even Walmart has a great selection on boards to choose from, including pallet styles! My board size is 00″ x 00″ and I believe I bought it at Hobby Lobby.

Step 1:

Start out by painting the whole board white. This will take a couple coats depending on the look you are looking to achieve. If you want more wood to show through, use less coats of paint. Next, free-hand the baseball stitching by first painting the middle red line before painting the stitches. I also added small dark half circles around the ends of the “stitching”. You can do this by adding some black paint to a small amount of your red paint.

Step 2:

While the paint dries, go onto your computer and type out the text you want to use. I find it best to put lay out the text on the computer. Once you are happy with your fonts and layout, print off your text. You can hold up a letter size piece of paper to your board to get an idea of how large you want your text to be. Flip over your piece of paper and, using a pencil, shade over each word. Once you have let your “stitching” dry, trace your letters onto your board. Very light lines (see image) should be seen from the shading you did on the back of your paper.

Step 3:

The last step is to paint in the letters that you traced onto your board. I chose my colors based on the Texas Rangers’ team colors but you can choose your own. Because we have twins, we have two names on our board. If you only have one child, I recommend making their name slightly larger. Once all your paint has dried, take a small brush and some white paint to touch up your board anywhere necessary.

If you decide to give this project a try, I would love to see what you come up with!

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