DIY Baseball Scoreboard Tutorial

A Personalized Baseball Scoreboard DIY Tutorial:

{Inspired by} Pottery Barn Kids

Personalized Baseball Scoreboard

Recently a local customer of mine contacted me and asked if I would paint her a giant personalized baseball scoreboard, kind of like the one she saw here via Pottery Barn Kids (picture below).  Pottery Barn used that scoreboard as an accessory and prop in their catalog photos, but they don't appear to sell it or any version of it.  So I made her one instead!

Pottery Barn Kids Baseball Scoreboard

My client knew about what size she wanted (4ft x 7ft) to put behind her son's new "big boy" bed, so she brought me a sheet of thin, lightweight wood as well as the paint color she chose - Adirondack Green 453 by Benjamin Moore (I think!).

Once we had the dimensions, I worked up a proof (to scale) in Photoshop, that ended up looking something like this:

Baseball Scoreboard Proof

The proof was essential for knowing exactly where to paint lines, how large to make the fonts, and to see how the final scoreboard would lay out. 

Then, I got started.

Step 1:

Paint the entire board in an antique white paint.  This would be the color of the border, stripes and letters.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 1

Step 2:

Next I used 1" painters tape to tape off a border along each edge.  Then I measured down to tape off my stripes.  I used the measurements on my proof to tell me where to make each stripe.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Measurements Reference

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 2

I made marks for both the top and bottom of the stripe to be sure I got it perfectly straight.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 2

My tape measure and extra long metal T-Square came in VERY handy for this oversized project!

Scoreboard Tutoral - Step 2

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 2

Step 3:

Next I cut the letters for each section and began laying them out.  I ended up just cutting the letters from regular printer paper with my Silhoutte and then gluing them to the board with a glue stick.  Don't worry, it peels up easily after you're done painting.  You could also cut all the letters from vinyl or contact paper for self-adhesion.

This is the most time-consuming portion of the project.  With a total of 57 characters to cut, glue and perfectly line-up, plan to spend a good chunk of time working on it! 

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 3

Step 4:

I used a 6" foam roller to roll the paint right over the letters and taped stripes.  I did two coats to make sure that the roller marks wouldn't be visible.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 4

Repeat the painting process for each of your number cards.  These numbers (in a different order) represent the little boy's time of birth and birth date!  You know I love cryptic number art. :)

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 4

Step 5:

Peel off the paper letters to reveal the "rough draft" of your scoreboard design.  Cool, huh?

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 4

Step 6:

Use a paintbrush to touch up the letters where the paint bled.  Another time-consuming process...but worth it to make the lines crisp and clean.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 6

Step 7:

Once everything is dry, it's time to start distressing.  I used a sandpaper block to sand the edges of each of the cards and the large sign.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 7

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 7

Then I used a finer-grain sandpaper to sand over the entire top of the sign, focusing specially on the corners of each section.  That gave it some nice texture and dimension and made it look a little more authentic.

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 7

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 7

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 7

Scoreboard Tutorial - Step 7

Step 8:

My client adhered the numbered cards to the sign with velcro and hung that baby up!  What an awesomely huge impact for a little boy's bedroom!

Personalized Baseball Scoreboard Tutorial

Personalized Baseball Scoreboard Tutorial

 

Save Your Saturdays - Buy a Wrapped Canvas or Poster!

This was a big project with a major wow-factor.  If you love the personalized scoreboard idea, but don't have the time or resources to DIY, here's a great alternative --  I've taken my scoreboard proof and designed a personalized wrapped canvas and poster version that can be printed in two big-impact sizes:

Personalized Scoreboard Wrapped Canvas - 60" x 40"

Wrapped Canvases Posters

Send Your Scoreboard Personalization to Andrea

Just send your personalization information to me and I'll send you a link to purchase a customized version of your scoreboard.  Include the following information in your email:

  • Poster or Wrapped Canvas:
  • Size: Large (60" x 40") or Small (36" x 24")
  • Field Name:  ex. STEED FIELD
  • Visitors Team Name:
  • Home Team Name:
  • Visitors Score:  up to 9 digits (runs will be calculated)
  • Home Score: up to 9 digits (runs will be calculated)
  • # of Balls:
  • # of Strikes:
  • # of Outs:

Or -- you can customize your own canvas or poster.  Just change the name and numbers to personalize your own scoreboard.  Check out my video tutorial for tips on how to customize this product yourself.

Personalized Baseball Scoreboard - Wrapped Canvas

24" x 36" Personalized Baseball Scoreboard Wrapped Canvas

Comments

Anwest said:

Oh, it looks awesome! The day we move from our apartment to a house I am for sure going to create one for myself! Thank you very much for the tutorial.

obat jerawat said:

thanks for the DIY

Rick said:

Awesome! I saw the same thing on PB - and Am going to do this. But, what color green was used?

Anjie said:

I just wanted to say thank you for the tutorial. I followed your steps and created a "football" theme scoreboard for my son's room. It turned out GREAT!!! Thank you!!!

Abby said:

This is fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial! What did you use to hang the sign?

Margaret said:

LOVE!!! Came across this on Pinterest as I was looking for ideas for my son's baseball room in the making. I have been admiring the PB sign for over a year now and debating whether I should attempt it or not. Your tutorial helped make up my mind! Would you mind me asking though, what font did you use?

Anonymous said:

How big were the letters you used for the title and the numbers? height in inches?

Anonymous said:

Just wondering how did you do the baseball on top?

nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma said:

Andrea-

Your attention to detail on this scoreboard was staggering. I'm featuring it tonight at Creative Juice, and sharing at Pinterest.

Thanks for linking up last week...
nicolette

Honey said:

You are featured today on Potpourri Friday!

Tiffany @ Pixie Pattern said:

Came over from A Glimpse Inside's Blog Hop! Love, love, love this tutorial!

Thanks for sharing!

Tales of a Trophy Wife said:

This is such a fun idea.

kimberly@colorsmixedtogether said:

This is amazing! My boys have a sports themed room and we were just talking about painting something like this on their wall. There is no way mine would turn out this nice. Great job!

Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life said:

Ok so I don't have any little boys, but I know mu husband would FREAK OUT over this. I'm trying to decide if it would look out of place in our teeny game room. Thanks for sharing!

Jill said:

Love the sign!!!

Jill

mindie said:

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

Danielle @ the Retail DiYet said:

Wow! This is so impressive! Great job!

Gabrielle said:

I found you through Someday Crafts. Thanks for the tutorial! This would look adorable in my boys' room.

Michelle@somedaycrafts said:

Wow! This is awesome! Totally in love with this. I'm sure, when my son is older, would love this. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

Roeshel said:

WOW! You do beautiful work - it's gorgeous and so fun! Love it!

Kaysi said:

This is awesome!!! I love how big and bold it is, so fun!

Honey said:

Amazing project! What little boy (or big boy) wouldn't just love this!
Thank you for sharing your creative idea at Potpourri Friday!

Jennifer @ The Brilliant Craft Type said:

My heart might have just melted. This has me thinking maybe we should give having a baby boy one more shot...

Great, great job!

Vicky said:

Very cute! I just pinned this and am now following you on Pinterest. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky from Mess For Less

Jill said:

This is awesome!

Katie @ Little Becky Homecky said:

This is adorable! Every little boy should have this!!

{Junk in their Trunk} said:

So so so awesome!!

Vanessa said:

Andrea that is absolutely incredible!! I am so super impressed and I can only imagine how thrilled that little boy was. :-) Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Inspiration Friday!
Vanessa

Judy said:

That is the coolest thing ever. My son has a very similar room and he would love this.

jamie said:

oh gosh, this is amazing and begging to be pinned!!! So many baseball themed rooms are just down-right tacky... you totally upgraded a standard theme. Well played ;o)

Stuff and Nonsense said:

oh my

so fun for any little boys'
(or big boys') room

thanks for sharing the creativeness
at Fridays Unfolded!

alison