A couple of years ago, my daycare kids and I made these cute Baseball Gifts for Father’s Day – but what about the Soccer Dads? Today’s Soccer Ball Craft makes a thoughtful father’s day gift or a fun activity for a soccer-themed party!
Soccer Ball Craft
We actually made these cute soccer balls as part of a small Soccer Themed Party we held. (Check out the other details on my friend Stacey’s blog.)
For the party, I bought a couple big soccer balls for the kids to draw on and also a pack of small hand-held soccer balls for kids to customize and bring home.
It was close to Father’s Day and it occurred to the kids that they should make their soccer balls into Father’s Day Gifts – so all credit for that angle on this craft idea goes to them! It didn’t even occur to me (I had party vision goggles on).
I was worried the Sharpie markers would rub off of the soccer balls, but they surprisingly stayed on the soccer balls really well after being left to “cure” for a day.
This simple soccer ball craft would also be a sweet gift for a soccer coach at the end of the season. Let each of the kids customize one hexagonal panel each and it will be a work of art!
You could also apply the same concept for a birthday party – allowing all guests to customize one panel and then having it be a special gift for the birthday girl or boy.
Ella decided to make her soccer ball for grandpa and she was so excited to give it to him… and then immediately insist that he play soccer with her! I love that it serves two purposes – a thoughtful gift and also a fun activity for them to do together.
Soccer Ball Craft Materials
- Sharpie markers
- Soccer ball
Tip: if making these for a party, you may be able to find the mini fabric soccer balls seen further down in this post for a more affordable craft that you can also use washable markers on (and reduce the risk of Sharpie stains where there shouldn’t be any).
How to Make a Customized Soccer Ball Craft
Working on a clean surface that you won’t be upset if the Sharpies get on, simply decorate the soccer ball with the Sharpie markers to your heart’s content.
Let the soccer ball sit out for 24 hours without touching it, to allow it to cure.
(If the kids do happen to get Sharpie marker on anything, it can be removed with some rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.)
Grab your free printable for our DIY Soccer Ball Craft:
This super simple soccer craft is a fun idea for a thoughtful gift or special birthday activity.