I have a fun repurposed baseball wreath in honor of Major League Baseball official opening day. My nephew Bubba has played or coached baseball his entire life. He started out playing at the age of 4. He played little league for years, and actually went to the Sr. Little League World Series in Kissimmee Florida where his team placed second.
So, long story short, his wife Anna wanted to make a baseball wreath for the front door of their new home.
How to make a repurposed baseball wreath from old game balls
Bubba and Anna came over recently with these baseballs to use my gynormous vice in the basement shop.
Carefully drill a hole in the middle of the baseball
Bubba got right to work drilling through the repurposed baseballs with an extra long drill bit.
Thread wire through baseballs
We tested to make sure the coat hanger would go through the middle. This coat hanger isn't a dry cleaner's hanger. It's a vintage hanger made of heavier wire.
A sturdy wire hanger works best for a repurposed baseball wreath
We started out trying to use 14 baseballs on a piece of wire I had in my stash.
The wire was not stiff enough, and the baseballs were too heavy. When we held it up, it resembled an egg shape sphere.
We worked on straightening out all the curlies of a wire coat hanger to get as much length as possible. Then we started threading the baseballs on again, trying to decide how many to use. After much debate, we all decided 11 was good, and that made everyone happy because that was Bubba’s number.
If you're buying wire to make one of these for your MLB fan, I would think you might need 14 or 16 gauge wire. The size of the drill bit will depend on the size of your wire. You will want a VERY snug fit.
Fold wire to lock in baseballs
This is the wire, not the coat hanger, but I wanted to show you how we connected the two ends to make the repurposed baseball wreath.
Cut off excess wire
We clamped the ends down really well with pliers.
Eleven baseballs make the perfect wreath
You can see that 11 baseballs worked. It’s perfectly round. If your wire supports more weight you could try more baseballs.
You could even use ribbons or more decorations in between each baseball.
The “P” has a dual meaning. Bubba and Anna’s last name begins with a P and the team Bubba coaches is the Panthers.
I recently visited them, and seeing the repurposed baseball wreath on their door made me smile! I love that I get to help them DIY.