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!
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.
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!