Sometimes you just need a craft that’s easy to make a lot of them and great for kids. Right? You might need a gift for the end of a kid’s baseball season for all the coaches or if you’re like me, this year’s vacation bible school will have a sports theme.
This at our church the Vacation Bible School theme is Game On which means that we need simple sports crafts for kids of all ages. Every year during VBS we do one picture frame where the kids can take home a recent picture of themselves to remember that week.
That’s why I came up with this simple baseball picture frame using supplies that are easy to find and will be inexpensive to make for several kids.
To make this sports themed craft you will need:
- One 2X10 board cut into 10 inch sections. I got 10 picture frames out of this one board which was $7.
- Sand paper
- White chalk paint or craft paint
- Red acrylic craft paint or chalk paint
- One clothespin per picture frame
- Red sharpie or paint pen
- Hot glue or a strong craft glue
To begin, cut your board or have the boards cut at the lumber store. You can change the size of the boards. I just wanted something that was going to give a thick boarder around the picture and could stand up on it’s side by itself because of the width of the board.
Lightly sand the edges of your board. You’re just trying to get rid of sharp corners and any splinters.
Coat the board with white paint. If you have several to do you might just want to use spray paint.
Once your board is dry, it’s time to make the red arcs that will be the main part of the red baseball seam.
Place a round bowl on the corner of the board. Use the red sharpie or paint pen to trace around the outside of the bowl, making it look like it does in the picture above.
Once it’s done it should look like the picture above.
Now it’s time to add the adorable finger prints.
Dip a child’s finger in red paint and then blot it lightly on a paper towel. Press their finger down on one side of the seam and at angle. Go all the way down that side of the seam and then go to the other side and repeat the process. Do both red seams.
When you’re done it should look like this.
Now you just need to glue the clothespin onto the top of the board and let it dry. If you’re doing this for vacation bible school, you can also add a bible verse using the red paint pen.
It’s simple but adorable and something that parents will keep for years.
This is great for younger kids but also a doable craft for older kids. Give them several printed examples of how other sports balls look and let them pick their own to paint onto the board.
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