Introduction: How to Make a Boxwood Baseball
MLB's Opening Day is right around the corner. We're celebrating by giving away a one-of-a-kind Boxwood Baseball through our social media pages. Here's how to win: http://geraniumstreet.com/blog/opening-day-2017-bo...
However, if you'd rather make one yourself, we've got you covered!
These easy step-by-step instructions will take you from beginning to end in no time.
Step 1: What You'll Need:
1. An Artificial Boxwood Ball: You can get one from us at http://geraniumstreet.com/artificial-boxwood-ball... or buy two through Amazon at http://geraniumstreet.com/artificial-boxwood-ball...
Size is completely up to you. We used a 16" ball to paint for our giveaway.
2. Spray Paint: One can of white and one can of red. We used Krylon and it worked great. Make sure you grab spray paint that will stick to and dry on plastic.
The first time we went slightly overboard with the white and used an entire can of white spray paint before even painting the red "laces." You may need two cans of white if you're eager like us, but one will likely be fine.
Our ball was a 16" ball, anything smaller and one can of white should be fine. Anything bigger, you may want to go ahead and grab two cans if possible. Just make sure to save a little white spray paint for touching up at the end.
3. A Pot: We used an old plastic flower pot to keep the boxwood ball off the ground and hold it in place while we spay painted it. This way you don't get spray paint everywhere.
4. Painter's Tape: This will be used to craft an outline for the ball's "laces."
Step 2: Spray Paint Your Ball White
It's time to get started: you need to spray paint the Artificial Boxwood Ball white.
Give it nice, full coat. You want to make sure to cover all the green.
First, spray the top half and let it dry. Second, flip the ball and spray the bottom half.
Once you've painted both halves of the ball, look over it again to make sure all the green is covered. Touch up any remaining green spots.
Once it dries, you're ready for step two.
Step 3: Tape an Outline for the "Laces"
This may be a little tricky. We used painter's tape to create a simple outline for our Boxwood Baseball's laces.
It's much easier to handle if you use multiple smaller strips of tape rather than trying to align one long strip.
We crafted circular laces to make it easier to handle to spray paint. It may not look perfect, but it's still fun.
Step 4: Spray Paint the "Laces" Red
Once you've taped off the boundaries for your Boxwood Baseball's "laces," it's time to use the red spray paint.
Spray paint the inside of the tape red. Just like with the white spray paint, make sure you're completely covering the color beneath (in this case, white).
Don't worry about painting slightly outside the tape. That's easy to clean up once the tape is removed.
Step 5: Remove the Tape and Touch Up the White Spray Paint
You're almost done! It's time to remove the painter's tape. Don't worry if some of the white paint comes off.
Lastly, touch up the white spray paint. Spray another outline around the red "laces" in case any red got outside the painter's tape. Also, cover up any additional green you see that may have been missed or unearthed when the tape was removed.
Step 6: You're Done!
Let it dry and YOU'RE DONE!
Set it wherever you'd like. Some paint may continue to scrape off, so we recommend using your Boxwood Baseball as outside decor.
Now you're officially ready for Opening Day and the rest of the MLB season!