Baseball season just started. Started late for my New York Mets, though. The season opener was supposed to be April 1, but the game was suspended because of “ongoing contact tracing” with the other team. I thought it was an April’s Fool’s joke, but it was real. If you’re ready for baseball season, even if your team’s opponent isn’t, you’ll love my DIY Baseball Pencil Holder Craft.
You probably have everything in your home to make this right now. You might not have an empty tin can, but I’m sure your pantry is filled with canned vegetables and canned beans. Just make something with a lot of cans, like our Taco Rice Casserole, so you have an excuse to open a few cans, and you’re ready for this craft.
DIY Baseball Pencil Holder Craft
DIY Baseball Pencil Holder Craft Supplies:
How To Make A DIY Baseball Pencil Holder Craft
On a red sheet of card stock, draw the laces of a baseball and cut them out.
I freehanded these, so they took a little bit of patience, but it was worth it.
You will need four strips of laces per can, two for each side.
Wrap the white card stock around your can and cut it to the appropriate size.
Measure the red laces and cut them down so they’re only as long as the white card stock is.
Glue the white sheet of card stock down to the can.
Let it dry completely, then glue the laces down. You can glue them down perfectly even, but the laces on a baseball usually curve into the bottom, so that’s how I angled mine.
Glue a set of laces on each side of the can so that it looks like a baseball from any side.
Let the Baseball Pencil Holder Craft dry completely, then use it to hold your pencils, pens, or anything else you want.
You could even use this a remote control holder and keep it on your coffee table so you can easily flip the channel to watch your favorite baseball team play.
Tips For Making A Baseball Pencil Holder Craft:
When I tried to cut the red card stock, I originally tried to cut all four laces at once. It just wasn’t that easy so I cut two and then a second set of two.
If your tin can is ribbed, put the glue down on the top and the bottom of the can, which are flat, then glue down your white card stock. Affixing the to the ribbed part would look sloppy. That’s also part of why I use card stock in this baseball craft rather than just painting the can white.
Do you have to use an old soup can?
If you have an old soup or bean or any canned vegetables can, it’s perfect for this craft. However, be really conscious of the inside of the can, where you either used a can opener or a pull tab to open it. That section can be really sharp.
You could use an empty coffee can, which won’t have that sharp inside ring. If you don’t have one, you actually order craft cans online. Those are made specifically for crafting, so you don’t have to worry about any unwelcomed sharp areas.
What if I can’t get all the glue off the can?
Brands affix their labels to cans with the world’s stickiest glue. At least, that’s how it feels. You have two options to deal with that.
Your first option is to completely ignore it. The piece of white card stock will wrap around the can anyway, so it will completely cover the excess glue. So you can just leave the glue as is, hide it, and move on with your craft.
Your second option is to remove the glue completely. When I do this, I rub some olive oil onto a paper towel, then use some effort and elbow grease to soften the glue and get it off. I always make sure to run the can under running water, then wash it with dish soap and let it dry completely before crafting with it.
That method does work, but it does take some effort.
Instead of olive oil (which I always have handy), my grandma used to use Goo Gone (which I never have handy). A dab of Goo Gone will remove the sticky glue from the can with a lot less effort than my olive oil method will use.
Would this be considered one of the baseball crafts for kids?
So, I’ll be honest. This craft is more for adults. Kids aren’t going to go through the tediousness of cutting out every single individual lace.
But fear not. You can modify this Baseball Pencil Holder craft to make it more kid-friendly.
Cut the white card stock to size. Before you glue it on to the can, take out a red crayon or marker. Let your kid draw the baseball’s laces straight onto the white card stock. When the ink (if you used markers) has completely dried, glue the white card stock onto the can.
Be careful of making sure the glue isn’t behind the red of the marker, if your kid used a marker. It may cause the ink to bleed and make a mess of the craft. If your child used a red crayon instead, you don’t have to worry about this.
Want more baseball ideas?
If you’re really excited about baseball season, you might want to check out a few of our other baseball ideas.
- DIY Baseball-Shaped Utensil Holders
- DIY Baseball Vendor Favor Stands
- 7+ Easy Baseball Crafts
- Homemade Chocolate Covered Oreo Baseballs
Want more pencil holder craft ideas?
Believe it or not, this is actually not our only pencil holder craft on Drugstore Divas. We have a couple more you might like:
- 1 tin can, cleaned with the label removed
- Red card stock
- White card stock
- On a red sheet of card stock, draw the laces of a baseball and cut them out. You will need four strips of laces per can, two for each side.
- Wrap the white card stock around your can and cut it to the appropriate size. Measure the red laces and cut them down so they’re only as long as the white card stock is.
- Glue the white sheet of card stock down to the can. Let it dry completely, then glue the laces down.
Do you have any other baseball project ideas? Let us know in the comments.