In this day and age, everyone is given a trophy just for participating. After all, they're all winners! If you've got kids that participate in sports, or if you used to be quite the athlete back in the day...chances are you've got a big box of trophies squirreled away somewhere in the basement. Either that, or they're taking up valuable real estate on a dresser or mantle.
So, why not put them to use?
Gather up all your old trophies and disassemble them, leaving just the little figurines.
They should have quarter-inch screws at their base -- leave them there! You'll need them.
If you don't have an old 30" baseball bat, you can get a new one for cheap. No need to go top quality here.
Space your figurines out evenly. The amount of distance between each will depend on how many you decide to use.
Mark the spots where you'll drill with a Sharpie, making sure they're all in a straight line.
Use quarter-inch nuts and a drill bit that's slightly smaller than the nuts.
You should use tape as a depth gauge so you don't drill too far into the bat.
The bat needs a flat surface to mount to the wall, so use an edge to mark a line where you'll sand it down.
Use a belt sander to sand that bad boy.
For the mounting board, find a piece of scrap wood and cut it slightly larger than the bat.
Mark the wood in the spots where the bat will be attached, then drill the holes and countersink them on the back of the board.
Time to screw your bat to the board!
Now to sink the nuts into the holes you drilled. Thread one of your nuts onto a bolt.
Place it into the hole and hammer it in with a dead-blow mallet.
Unscrew the bolt from the nut, and repeat until all the nuts are in place.
Almost there...screw in the trophies!
All that's left to do is mount it to the wall...
And you're ready to play ball!
The perfect place to stash a uniform:
This is great for your little girl or boy who just can't get enough of their little league softball team. It's also an ideal way to recycle old trophies without feeling guilty for tossing them.