If you’re like me, you’re really into baseball and love everything about it, from playing catch to displaying your memorabilia. That means today’s project is just for you! Today, I’m making a baseball cap DIY hat rack.
The snow is melting, the trees are budding, and of course, it’s spring training time! We love watching games on TV or sneaking away to catch one over a long weekend.
We like to get to the park early, hang out and see if we can chat it up with some of our favorite players!
If it’s baseball, we’re ready to go!
This is my inspiration for our DIY baseball hat rack. I know I’m not the only one who needs a hat rack specifically dedicated to my favorite baseball caps, right?
Do you have a rack like this to display your hat at home? Using pallet wood gives it the old-time nostalgic look. Kind of like an old weathered catchers mitt.
DIY Baseball Hat Rack
Let’s get started on that hat rack made with baseballs, shall we?
It’s rare to find DIY baseball projects that use the actual balls in a practical way. That’s why I decided to do one, and I have to say, it came out pretty cool!
If you love pallet projects, this one is super easy and will be completed in 20 minutes, aside from the dry time.
I love the way this piece looks with the use of pallet boards because it reminds me of a rustic, old-timer baseball theme–the boards with a nice clear oil look like a worn catcher’s mitt.
It’s a nostalgic piece!
Check out the Baseball Bat Hat Racks here.
- 2 pallet boards about 16″ long; one wider than the other
- 3″ Screws
- Drill with a drill bit slightly smaller than the screws (This is the bit set I have)
- Wall hangers
- Paint, stain or sealer finish to your style. (I used this Watco Danish Oil)
- PPE: Gloves, Eye Protection, Respirator
Aside from the pallet wood, all of this can be purchased at Amazon and shipped directly to your door!
Pallet Tip: Only use pallets that are marked with the code: DB or HT . DB stands for Debarked and HT stands for Heat Treated.
Both of these pallet types should contain no chemicals. Pallets without these markings likely contain chemicals that you do not want want to breathe or have in your home.
I found the letter “B” at the store, and it kind of resembled the Boston Red Sox “B”. Being from New England, I had to paint it blue to add a little extra pazazz to the hat rack..
Baseball Cap DIY Hat Rack
Let’s jump right in and make this baseball hatrack with the few simple materials we outlined above.
Follow these simple instructions to make your baseball cap DIY hat rack!
First, grab your two boards, one should be wider than the other. Then, cut both pallet boards to about 16 inches long. Immediately after, sand them smooth to remove any splinters or rough spots.
Next, measure and drill three holes evenly spaced across the middle, or just below the middle of the wider board.
Then, use a drill bit slightly smaller in width than the 3-inch screws you’re using.
If you’re unsure of where to drill, place your ball caps on the board to give you a better visual.
Next, fit the pieces together in an L shape, so the narrow board is sitting on top of the other.
Then, this will create the top shelf.
Drill a few pilot holes through the top of the shelf and into the side of the wide board with your drill bit.
Immediately after, attach the two boards together with screws. Three across should do the trick.
Stain or Sealer
Next, head to your paint and stain storage shelf to pick out a finish. I will use danish oil for my boards. This really gives it a rustic but finished look.
PS: This is the same finish I used when I refinished that thrift shop desk. I’m using a foam brush to apply the oil because pallet wood is usually a little more splintery than new wood, and a rag tends to snag. Apply the oil with a foam brush and gently wipe off with a rag.
Now that our hat rack has a nice finish on it and has had the chance to dry completely, we’re ready to attach our baseballs!
Using your 3″ screws, screw through the back of the board using the pre-drilled holes.
And once the screw peeks through the front of the board, place the center of the baseball on the screw. Then, give it a little push to embed the tip of the screw through the leather.
Hold the ball firmly and slowly screw the screw into the ball until it is secure.
Add Wall Hangers
Now, attach a wall hanger on the backside of the piece.
This is a light piece, so you can use anything from picture frame velcro strips to regular wall hangers your choice.
Simply check the weight that the hanger can hold and plan accordingly.
You can also stencil on your child’s name or use your Cricut machine to make something else fun—personalize it!
Also, you can add your favorite team’s logo or paint it different colors rather than staining it. Really the possibilities are endless.
Hang Baseball Hat
Finally, the last thing left to do is hang your baseball hat rack on the wall and display your hats!
This DIY baseball hat rack was fun to make and easy to put together.
How do you display your hat at home?
Baseball Cap DIY Hat Rack
- PPE Gloves, Eye Protection, Respirator
- 3 Baseballs
- 2 pallet boards 16" long, one wider than the other
- 3" screws
- Wall hangers
- Paint stain or sealer
- Grab your two boards, one should be wider than the other. Cut both pallet boards to about 16 inches long.
- Sand them smooth to remove any splinters or rough spots.
- Measure and drill three holes evenly spaced across the middle, or just below the middle of the wider board.Use a drill bit slightly smaller in width than the 3-inch screws you’re using.If you’re unsure of where to drill, place your ball caps on the board to give you a better visual.
- Fit the pieces together in an L shape, so the narrow board is sitting on top of the other.
- Drill a few pilot holes through the top of the shelf and into the side of the wide board with your drill bit.
- Attach the two boards together with screws.
- Head to your paint and stain storage shelf to pick out a finish.
- Now that our hat rack has a nice finish on it and has had the chance to dry completely, we’re ready to attach our baseballs!
- Using your 3″ screws, screw through the back of the board using the pre-drilled holes.Once the screw peeks through the front of the board, place the center of the baseball on the screw – give it a little push to embed the tip of the screw through the leather.
- Hold the ball firmly and slowly screw the screw into the ball until it is secure.
- Now attach a wall hanger on the backside of the piece.
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What a fun shelf! This would be perfect for my son’s sports themed bedroom. Thanks for sharing!
This is awesome! My son needs one of these in his room.
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