DIY – How to Make Softball and Baseball Pendent Necklaces From Washers

January 9, 2014 4 Comments

softball pendent necklace made from washers

Create a gift for the whole softball team with this fun, simple, and inexpensive DIY project

Originally posted by Kirsten Dreese on Pinterest

Supplies Needed (all readily available at your local Walmart):

  • Fender washers (1-1/4″ diameter with 1/4″ hole)
  • Krylon Citrus Green Spray Paint
  • Red fine tip sharpie
  • Silver fine tip sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Necklace cord

Step 1: Apply spray paint to both sides of washers and allow to dry
Step 2: Use the edge of a washer to lightly trace guidelines for the stitch pattern using a pencil
Step 3: Add red stitching design using red sharpie
Step 4: Add player names, numbers, or other messages using the silver sharpie

Other ideas: you can also make a baseball necklace design the same way, except use white spray paint instead.

baseball pendent necklace made from fender washers

Did you like this idea?pink-softball-roses-original Then you’ll love our other handmade baseball and softball themed gifts including Sports Roses. We remove the cover from real baseballs and softballs to create everlasting petals that are formed into a rose bud and attached to an artificial rose stem. Sports Roses make a great gift idea for all occasions for players, coaches, and team moms. Click here to visit the Sports Roses online store.

Sports Roses Reviews and Testimonials – October 2013

November 2, 2013 Leave a reply

Customers share reviews and testimonials on their recent Sports Roses purchase

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The roses arrived on the exact date they were promised. They were beautiful, and a great hit at our party.. Excellent quality. Thank you.

Customer from Rocky Hill, CT reviewing Basketball Roses - October 22, 2013

Class of 2014 Softball Roses

These roses are amazing! We gave them to our 4 senior softball players on the high school team and they absolutely thought they were the coolest thing ever! Thank you for making me look good by finding you. I will be spreading the seeds of softball roses!

Brandy G. from Centennial, CO reviewing Softball Roses - October 21, 2013

Personal Collection

I have a personal collection of sports I play or coach and these are a unique addition for any sports enthusiast.

Kathy from High Ridge, MO reviewing Basketball Roses - October 14, 2013

Unbelievably Beautiful

I ordered these Football Roses and they are unbelievable. They look like mini footballs shape into a rose, however, still capturing the beauty of what a rose looks like. The quality is fantastic and the detail is excellent. I wish I could give you 10 stars.

Vicky from Fairhope, AL reviewing Football Roses - October 8 2013

Perfect for a Football Wedding!

My daughter is having a football themed wedding and these are just a perfect little touch. She was more excited about these than anything else we have gotten for the wedding. They are well made, look just like the pictures, and are really neat tucked into her bouquet. She chose to have a silk bouquet so that she can have them forever. Thanks for a very unique product!

Patty S. from Savannah, GA reviewing Football Roses - October 7, 2013

Bama Football Mom

Love It!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could. Keep up the good work.

Janice G. from Northport, AL reviewing Football Roses - October 7, 2013

Perfect for Soccer Homecoming!

I ordered this for my daughter and added it to flowers (red rose with white carnations) from our local flower shop. Made an absolutely perfect bouquet to present at the homecoming assembly.

Brandy C. from Lovelock, NV reviewing Soccerball Roses - October 7, 2013

Sports Roses Adventure in the Steel City

October 9, 2013 Leave a reply

baseball roses at 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park

Sports Roses™ make their first appearance at PNC Park and Heinz Field

By Mark Ellingson, Sports Roses Founder & Creator

At the end of September, I had the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh, PA for the first time. A close friend of mine grew up there and has always been very proud to talk about her hometown. She offered to show me what makes the Burgh so special during my visit. I have a personal goal to visit all the major league ballparks and I find it a lot more meaningful when a native provides a local perspective during my sightseeing.

fans walk across the roberto clemente bridge to get to pnc park

The Steel City has a rich sports history filled with 5 World Series titles, 6 Super Bowl championships, and 3 Stanley Cups. The city has been transformed over the past 12 years with the addition of 3 new world-class sporting venues – PNC Park, Heinz Field, and Consol Energy Center. The aesthetic design of these facilities make it appear like the city was built around the ballparks. A strong loyal fan base is required to create this type of environment for sports and Pittsburgh fans are not shy to show their enthusiasm for their favorite teams.

I selected my travel date to Pittsburgh at the end of the baseball season when both the Pirates (also commonly referred to as the Bucs) and Steelers had a home game scheduled on the same day. The day consisted of a Sunday afternoon game for the Bucs on their final home game of the season and a Sunday Night Football game for the Steelers. I never imagined that 2013 would turn into such a special year for the Pirates, playing their best baseball in 21 years. The Bucs concluded their regular season with a winning record and a trip to the postseason for the first time since 1992. The added element of playoff contention made my experience at PNC Park even more exciting. The atmosphere around PNC Park was electric with a sold out crowd.

Pittsburgh Pirate fan looks out over PNC Park as fans raise the Jolly Rogers

I became inspired while watching the Bucs’ postseason run and started work on a new t-shirt design to commemorate the Baseball Rose’s first visit to PNC Park. The Baseball Rose™ Pirate T-Shirt depicts a pirate clenching a Baseball Rose™ in his mouth after raising the Jolly Roger and exclaiming he “Rose It”. If you weren’t aware, ‘Raise the Jolly Roger’ is a popular expression used by by Bucs fans to signify a game win and they accomplished that feat 94 times during the 2013 regular season. This is the first t-shirt design available for purchase that features the Baseball Rose™ on it. I limited the production to only 100 shirts and each one is individually numbered. There are still a few t-shirts left, which you can order here.

giving out baseball roses and pirate t-shirts at pnc park

For extra fun during the Baseball Rose’s first PNC Park visit, I created a dozen gift arrangements that included a Baseball Rose™ and a T-shirt and hid them around the ballpark. The locations were announced on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter using hashtag #PNCHideSeek in a PNC Hide & Seek game. A few of the winners even shared their treasure discovery on Twitter.

It was a beautiful sunny day in the 70’s, perfect baseball weather. Although the Pirates didn’t win that day against the Reds, the Pirates would go on to beat the Reds 3 times in a row to conclude the regular season and secure home field advantage for the 1 game NL Wild Card playoff game. I’ll share more on that Wild Card game in a moment.

After the Pirates game, my friend Dawn took me on a sight-seeing adventure to the scenic Point State Park before heading to Heinz Field. The park is located at the point where three rivers meet (Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers forming into the Ohio River) and offers a great view of Heinz Field across the Allegheny River. The centerpiece of the park is a beautiful fountain area that provides a great place to relax and take in a 360 degree view around the city.

visiting pittsburgh point state park with heinz field in background

A short walk across the Fort Duquesne Bridge took us to Heinz Field. Tailgating takes on a new experience here with party boats docked along the Allegheny River. I stopped at a grassy knoll to take some photos of a Steelers-themed Football Rose™ arrangement before entering the stadium.
This Steelers started their 2013 season winless through their first 4 games (I would be witness loss #3), but that didn’t stop fans from filling the stadium. It was fun to experience the game from a Pittsburgh fan’s perspective…Terrible Towel and all.

football roses at heinz field to watch the pittsburgh steelers and chicago bears during sunday night football

After I returned back home, the Pirates clinched a playoff spot in the 2013 Wild Card game. PNC Park would host it’s first playoff game ever. I reached out to a few new friends in Pittsburgh to help me bring Baseball Roses™ to this special event. Tiffany and John helped pass out a special commemorative pin to fans before the game.
giving out baseball roses at pnc park for the 2013 NL wild card game
We also gave fans an opportunity to win a Baseball Rose™ if they could answer Pirates trivia correctly. As we were passing out souvenirs, we ran into Sean “The Mayor” Casey and gave him a Baseball Rose. He loved it! It was a very special night for Pittsburgh. The Bucs would win their first playoff game in 21 years and move on to the NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Buctober would continue in Pittsburgh. I was very proud to see the Baseball Rose™ be a part of Pittsburgh history.

Good luck to the Bucs in the postseason!

Sports Roses Reviews and Testimonials – September 2013

October 1, 2013 Leave a reply

Customers share reviews and testimonials on their recent Sports Roses purchase

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Touchdown with the Football Rose

Perfect for any football fan!! The Football Rose is awesome! Very pleased. ☺

Christie B. from Williamsport, MA reviewing Football Roses - September 24, 2013

Outstanding Craftmanship

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. Great to know there are people who take great pride in their work! I was kept informed of order status and it arrived perfectly wrapped and delivered as promised! Highly recommend! Thanks Sports Roses!

Purple Cottage Events & Gifts from Weslaco, TX reviewing Football Roses - September 23, 2013

Softball Rose

The softball rose is awesome. Our sr. players look forward to receiving them each year.

Robyn S. from Oklahoma City, OK reviewing Softball Roses - September 18 2013

A BIG HIT!!!!!!

The baseball roses were amazing!! My groom and groomsmen LOVED them, a great keepsake!

Claire from Falmouth, MA reviewing Baseball Roses - September 15, 2013

Wonderful Experience

Great communication and delivery. The rose was amazing. The rosebud is made of leather material. Thank you for such a great experience!

Customer from Newport News, VA reviewing Baseball Roses - September 8, 2013

Great Birthday Gift!

The picture on the site is great, but when I saw the rose in my hands it was beautiful!!! the care that is taken to create your roses is obvious. Your craft is one in a million and made my birthday gift a memory forever. Thank you!

Tracy O. from Delavan, WI reviewing Baseball Roses - September 8, 2013

Help Sports Roses Get To The 2014 Super Bowl – Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest

September 7, 2013 1 Comment

Sports Roses Creator, Mark Ellingson, has a special message for you. Watch video below.

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Vote for Sports Roses to the 2014 Super Bowl Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest

Mark Ellingson, the founder and creator of Sports Roses™, needs your vote in the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest.

Ellingson’s San Diego-based company, L.O.V.E.nterprises, started making Sports Roses™ in 2007. Their unique variety of roses are handmade in the USA from the covers of baseballs, basketballs, softballs, soccer balls, and footballs. Sports Roses™ make the ultimate gift for die-hard sports fans, players, coaches, and team moms.

Sports Roses™ have been seen nationally on the MLB Network and Rosie O’Donnell Show. Sports Roses™ have also been locally featured by San Diego’s Fox 5 News.

Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Contest is giving 1 lucky small business a 30-second commercial in the 2014 Super Bowl. The Big Game takes place 2 weeks before Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest holidays in the floral industry. This would give Sports Roses™ the perfect opportunity to plant its seeds in the hearts of millions of sports fans around the world. Sports fans watching will go crazy over Football Roses™, Baseball Roses™, Soccer Roses™, Softball Roses™, Basketball Roses™, and Volleyball Roses™.

You can help Sports Roses™ get to the Big Game by voting for them in the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest.


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Best Ever Football Trick Plays

September 4, 2013 Leave a reply

There is no sport that has as many awesome trick plays as football. There is just something magical about the set-up of the football field that makes it perfect for memorable moments and player surprises.

From viral flag football videos to NFL big play, here are the BEST ever football trick plays:

#1 The Unconventional Snap. Sure, they’re taught to snap the ball between their legs, but the options for how to get the ball moving are actually endless. Check out this great play from a middle school.

#2 Two-Point Conversion fake-outs. The two-point conversion is always a gutsy choice, but what about when a player fakes out the other team in the process? It’s a win! This one from a Georgia Tech and Clemson game is definitely the best ever.

#3 Combo trick plays. There aren’t a lot of these, but, wow, Boise State should go down in history for successfully pulling off this one. There really are no words to describe it; you  have to see it to believe it.

#4 Anything in the NFL. NFL football is the most institutionalized football out there, which sometimes makes it feel a little less exciting to watch. Sure, these guys are pros and they make it look easy, but they sometimes lack the heart and guts of the younger players. But not when it comes to trick plays. Check out this combo video of the best NFL trick plays and you’ll be wowed.

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Sports Roses Reviews and Testimonials – August 2013

September 1, 2013 Leave a reply

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Great idea!

Super cute and perfect for Homecoming! Great shipping time and great quality.

Anna P. from Sherman, TX reviewing Football Roses - August 25, 2013

Coolest idea ever and great company all around!

We got the roses delivered even sooner than expected and OMG!!! They are absolutely amazing! We love them. Thank you so, so much to the while team for your hard work and detail – they are incredible!!! ☺ Thank you! We are so excited to have them at our wedding. They are going to be a detail everyone will remember for sure!!! Thank you.

Tiffany L.M. from Tustin, CA reviewing Baseball Roses - August 16, 2013

Perfect for our wedding..

We are getting married at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and these are perfect for the men of the wedding party! Great quality!!!.

Amanda K. from Harrisburg, PA reviewing Baseball Roses - August 12 2013

Great Shirt

I love this shirt. It’s exactly as pictured and fits well. The baseball heart makes the shirt look like one of a kind.

Jeannie from Flushing, NY reviewing Baseball Rose T-Shirt - August 12, 2013

Sports Fans

If you love this sport there is no greater gift then these. I purchased the Class of 2013 roses for my daughters traveling Lady A’s who graduated from their various high schools this year. Nothing gets better then receiving a softball rose!!! Great quality!!! 10 stars!!!

Teresa Z. from Carneys Point, NJ reviewing Softball Roses - August 6, 2013

Baseball Rose

I am very happy with the rose, and my friend that works at U.S. Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox, was also very happy with the one I sent her

Doris K. from Chicago, IL reviewing Baseball Roses - August 3, 2013

Motivating Great Football Play through Player Incentives

August 30, 2013 Leave a reply

Are you having problems motivating your players to give it 100% in every football play?

You are not alone. Coaches and program directors across the nation regularly face the challenge of motivating their athletes in order to get the best football play out of each one on a daily basis.

Well, now you don’t have to run out of ideas on how to motivate players. Using various player incentives and similar techniques, you can squeeze every ounce of effort and passion from your players that can hopefully translate to great play on the football field.

Here are some of the most effective player incentives that you can employ to boost your program’s morale and performance.

  1. Give good performing players a day-off of exemption from next day workouts.Rest is one of the best rewards you can give to players. Not only does it provide a moral boost, but it also gives their bodies a chance to heal and recover. If you see a player providing great and inspiring plays during the game, you can allow them to sit on the sidelines the next day as an incentive for their hard work.

  2. Use small tokens like sports roses to recognize a job well done.Sports roses are simple, novel, and beautiful tokens that you can hand out to the best player following each game. It may be small, but its design will surely generate enough interest to push athletes to try and be the best they can be each time they take the football field.

  3. Provide one-on-one coaching where needed.One-on-one coaching shows that you are attentive to player-specific demands. It shows that you care for your players on a personal level. A short talk here and there can do wonders for your players who are struggling with motivation. Often, you only need to clarify their roles so they know what they need to do to deliver the winning performance that you want to see out of them.

  4. Celebrate team and individual success.Going out for dinner and movies can be immensely gratifying to a team. Even a surprise round of pizza after practice can uplift tired bodies.

  5. Set goals and measure performance.Motivation is all about showing your athletes which areas they can make improvements. For this, you need goals and you need to measure their progress. Implement the right system to make this a reality so that your athletes strive to be better and deliver great performances during the games.

There are so many more ways to motivate your athletes, but these tips will already take you far. Remember, the trick is to care for your athletes on a personal level. Work with them through their struggles and limitations and the results will naturally follow.

Armed with this, which motivational tip will you implement first?

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High School Football Season Survival Tips

August 28, 2013 Leave a reply

If there’s anything you can learn from television, it’s that high school football is high drama. After all, shows like Friday Night Lights make it pretty clear that each game can mean life or death. That might just be television, but even if you don’t live in Texas, high school football season is a big deal. Try our high school football survival tips to get you and your son through it:

1)      Plan ahead for homework. Football can be demanding, but nothing will get your son benched faster than bad grades. Make sure he’s not forgetting to finish and turn in assignments, and keep tabs on test dates, to plan study time accordingly.

2)      Food is fuel. Teenage boys are ravenous no matter what, but during football season they need even more nutrition. Stock up on quality proteins for meals, complex carbs for snacks, and even some energy bars or sports gels for after-practice nutrition.

3)      Don’t forget the importance of recovery. For any athlete, recovery is just as important as training. If you want your star player to be at their peaks for game days, make sure they get adequate recovery time and plenty of sleep. Their bodies need time to repair and rejuvenate!

4)      Support them through stress. Teenage boys may not show their stress as much as their female counterparts, but you can be certain they feel the pressure. Give them support and let them know that you will help them when they need it.

Have fun! Remember to relax and enjoy this time of your son’s life. It won’t come around again!

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Plan Ahead for Homecoming Fundraisers with Sports Roses

August 27, 2013 Leave a reply

Homecoming 2013 Football Rose

Raise money for your school, league, or non-profit organization by selling Sports Roses during homecoming events.

We can help your organization raise essential funds by offering special discounted pricing on bulk orders

football rose boutonniere and corsage for prom and homecoming
School is back in session. It’s time to start looking for ways to generate essential funds for your school, league, or non-profit organization.

During the Fall, the Football Rose™ becomes our top-selling Sports Rose.

The everlasting petals of the Football Rose symbolize the passion that players, coaches, and fans have for a sport that is huge part of their lives.

Parents and faculty purchase Football Roses as gifts, event decor, or accessories to honor that passion for football during the following occasions:

– Homecoming Dance
– Banquets
– Texas Homecoming Mums
– Football Senior Night
– Awards Ceremonies
– Parent’s Night
– Other Football-Themed Events

Homecoming 2013 Football Rose Boutonniere
Homecoming is typically celebrated by schools between late September and early November. It may feel like it’s too early to be thinking about homecoming events, but they will be here before you know it.

Football Roses can be used as boutonnieres and corsages for the homecoming dance. They also make great gifts for returning football alumni and for the homecoming king and queen. In Texas, Football Roses can be used as accessories for homecoming mums.

When the football season draws to an end in late October/early November, Football Roses can be given as special keepsakes for the players and parents on Senior Night. Why spend money on a live rose gift that will die in a few days? Football Roses last forever and preserve the memories created from countless hours of hard work on the field.

Sports Themed Homecoming Mums and Garters Ideas with Sport Roses featuring Baseball Roses, Football Roses, and Softball Roses
There are many different opportunities for your organization to raise money by selling Sports Roses during this time of year. In addition to Football Roses, we can also create Baseball Roses, Softball Roses, and Basketball Roses.

To start your fundraising efforts, you’ll need place an order for Sports Roses. We offer special discounted pricing on bulk orders for schools, sports leagues, and non-profit organizations that will save you up to 50% off Sports Roses. Your organization can earn $6-$10 on each rose sold.
Sports Roses Are Made In The USA in San Diego, CA

Since all Sports Roses are handmade in our San Diego, CA workshop, a production time of 2-4 weeks is required on bulk orders. This means you’ll need to get your bulk order placed ASAP to have your next shipment arrive before the end of September.
Fundraise with Sports Roses

How do I place a discounted bulk order for Sports Roses?

Are you part of a school, sports league, or non-profit organization? Download our Free Fundraising Guide to learn more about fundraising with Sports Roses. You’ll receive helpful information to kick off your Sports Roses fundraiser.

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Recovery Tips for Football 2-a-Days

August 23, 2013 Leave a reply

Have you ever tried two-a-day football workouts?

If you have, then you know those aren’t very easy to recover from. Two-a-days leave your body precious little time to bounce back for the training or game the day after. It leaves you with dead legs, little lift, and an overall lethargic feeling that can even carry over to the next day’s performance.

Recovering from football two-a-days boils down to employing the right strategies and techniques that will allow your body to heal quickly and efficiently. It’s all about being meticulous with the recovery plan, staying away from things that can aggravate the fatigue, and doing the things that best promote recovery.

In this post, I will outline some of the most important and medically proven techniques that athletes can implement so they will feel fresher and more prepared for the work that will come the next day.

Here are the most important things that you can do to recover effectively from football two-a-days.

  1. Ice your legs immediately after workouts. Ice prevents the muscles from swelling and effectively negates the soreness that you feel afterwards. Spend at least 30 minutes icing your legs and arms after a heavy workout so you can feel fresher the next day around.

  2. Stretch properly. Stretching can help loosen tight muscles and prevent the pooling of lactic acid which is the primary culprit of muscle soreness. Studies have shown that people who stretch properly after workouts are able to recover better than those who do not have a proper stretching plan.

  3. Drink plenty of fluids to replenish your stores. Also include electrolytes in your drinks. You can do this by drinking sports drinks within the first 60 minutes following your workouts. Adequate hydration will keep your muscles loose and limber because they are properly nourished.

  4.  Get some massage wherever possible. A proper massage can do wonders to your tired muscles. Trained masseuse can actually flush out the lactic acid build-up so your body heals faster.

  5.  Reward yourself. Psychological recovery is just as important as physical recovery. You can reward yourself with sports roses for completing two-a-day football workouts. After the training season is done, you can frame these sports roses inside shadow boxes to remind yourself of the effort and sacrifice that you put into the training. This mindset can do wonders for your tired body.

  6. Get enough sleep. Sleep is your body’s best friend for recovery. Never take it for granted. After two-a-days, see to it that you get 8 to 10 hours of sleep so your body has enough time to recharge and recover.

Armed with this knowledge, you can now make a conscious effort to take care of your physical and psychological well-being in order to effectively bounce back for the next day. Even with something as simple as sports roses, you can motivate yourself to push harder and break your limits to become the best athlete that you can be.

How long does it take you to recover from two-a-days right now?

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How to Pin on a Boutonniere (and other tips for Homecoming Flowers)

August 21, 2013 Leave a reply

Think back to your high school prom. What was the most awkward part of the night? Sure there was some awkward conversation and crazy dancing, but, really, it was probably the pinning of the boutonniere. But don’t worry; we’ll save you the embarrassment this time around. Learn how to pin a boutonniere and try these other tips to make the homecoming flowers work for your teens.

How to Pin on a Boutonniere in 3 Easy Steps:

1)      Position the boutonniere. With the flower facing front, place the boutonniere just below the widest part of the lapel on your date’s left side (which is actually YOUR right).

2)      Pin from the back of the lapel. Holding the boutonniere against the lapel with your left hand and use your right hand to push the pin from the back of the lapel and through, then over the stem of the boutonniere and back through the lapel.

3)      Step back and admire your work! Take a step back and make sure it sticks. Admire how good he looks with that boutonniere.

To make sure all your homecoming flowers are a success, be sure to order early and coordinate them with your son or daughter’s date. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the flowers you choose! Roses are a classic look, but consider using something different. Orchids, hyacinths, delphinium, or even everlasting Sports Roses (with petals handmade from game ball materials) can make a stand-out boutonniere.

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