How to make a summer fun, Beach Ball Birthday Card

Did you have a fun Fourth of July? Are you lucky enough to have a long weekend scheduled? Woo-hoo! I hope so. I’m thinking this is a good time to share this Beach Ball Birthday Card. Of course, you could easily make it a thank you note, “thinking of you” card, or simply a “Happy Summer” greeting. Because it’s dimensional, I’d suggest hand delivery, or mailing it in a small box. Which just makes it all the more special!

Summer fun greeting card uses a 1/2 ball of STYROFOAM for dimension.

Beach Ball Birthday Card by Mary Lynn Maloney

To make a Beach Ball Birthday Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball
  • Tissue paper, small scrap
  • Acrylic craft paint in yellow, turquoise and red
  • Black electrical tape, 5” strip
  • Blank card, 5” x 6-1/2” (or, make your own from cardstock)
  • Scrapbook paper in blue and ivory (Mary Lynn used a textured paper for the blue, which makes it look like water)
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife*; bar of soap or old candle; pencil; craft knife; paintbrush; small hole punch; computer & printer

*Kids will have a lot of fun making this, too; just be sure they use a plastic knife and not a serrated kitchen knife.

To make a Beach Ball Birthday Card:

1. Wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle and cut the foam ball in half. Save one half for a future project. (If a child is making the card, use a plastic knife.)

2. Cover half ball with tissue paper, and topcoat with glue. Let dry, and then trim excess tissue paper.

How to make a beach ball greeting card.

Doesn’t this look just like a beach ball?

3. Divide the half ball into three sections, marking the sections with a pencil. Paint sections red, yellow and turquoise. Let the paint dry, and then top coat with Modge Podge to make it shine.

4. Cut the electrical tape into two, 1/8” strips using the craft knife. Adhere strips to the beach ball, dividing the colors. Trim away excess tape. Punch out a small circle and glue it to the top.

5. Assemble your card. Glue a 5” x 4” blue rectangle to the front of the card. Print computer generated text on ivory paper. Mary Lynn used a birthday greeting, but you can customize it for your special occasion. Cut message into strips, and adhere to card. Add a drop of paint to the end of each paper strip. Let dry.

6. Glue the beach ball to the front of the card.

Enjoy your weekend! And get ready for a  little fa-la-la as we celebrate Christmas in July next week!

Happy crafting!


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9 Responses to How to make a summer fun, Beach Ball Birthday Card

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this at our “Best Of The Weekend” Party! I am featuring this tonight when the part goes live at 8PM EST. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  3. DesignedByBH says:

    Super cute! I love the idea of making it dimensional!

  4. Hi Sharon, this is SO cute!!! We have a ton a summer birthdays in our family, too. Pinning this! If you have time, I would love you to share this at our Best of the Weekend party, which is line now. Hope you had a happy July 4th and have a great weekend!

  5. LisaM says:

    What a great card. Love the beach theme.

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