July 18, 2016

DIY Wood Basketball Goal

My little guy loves basketball and I love that he is so passionate about it. He started playing on a team when he was 5 and hasn't stopped since. It's only been 2 years, but he loves it. He has participated in basketball camps, skills training, and plays all the time at home just to improve his knowledge and abilities. I hope he sticks with it! I love watching him play.

We started re-doing his room a few years ago and his walls have been bare ever since. I just cannot decided what I want to do to decorate it. Searching through Pinterest one day and came across a vintage basketball hoop someone used for decoration and knew I had to make one for him as well. I couldn't find any directions on how it was made, so I just ran to the hardware store and hoped for the best. He loves how it came out and looks great in his room. 

Materials Needed:
  • 2 - 8ft 1x4 wood planks
  • Wood stain, your choice of color
  • Wood screws no longer then 1 and 1/2 in
  • Rubber gloves
  • White craft paint
  • Stain brush
  • Craft paint brush
  • Painters tape
  • Metal Basketball Goal
  • Sandpaper
  • Hanging hardware

How to Make:

1. Cut the 8ft planks into SIX 2 foot length planks, TWO 18 in planks and ONE 12 in plank.
2. Sand the edges of each plank.
3. Using the stain, stain each plank, back and front, and let dry.

4. Align the 2ft planks on top of each other side by side. Place the 18in and 12in planks in an H or an I on the back side.
5. Using the screws, screw the pieces into each other. (Note, I originally went through the front but I did not like the screw heads showing, so I removed them and went through the back.)

6. Once complete, attach the metal basketball hoop. I placed it on the second from the bottom plank. (I purchased an already assembled basketball hoop at the store and removed the hoop from the backboard.)

7. Measure out and place the painters tape to create a square on the backboard.
8. Using craft paint, paint the square and let dry. I only did one coat to give it a more rustic feel.

9. Once dry, remove tape.
10. Using the hanging hardware, attach to the wall. I used sawtooth hangers and it did not hold. Metal Loop hooks that screw into the back works great for us!
11. Optional: I added small foam strips to the bottom edges of the wood brackets on the back to reduce damage to the wall.

I am so happy how it turned out and so is my little guy. Not only does it make a great wall decoration for his room, but he loves to throw the ball around and play.


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