Tinsel Tuesdays: Score big with these DIY Sports Ball Ornaments

Golf? Baseball? Soccer? If you’re having a sports-filled summer, I bet you know someone who would love one of these DIY Sports Ball Ornaments. Topped with  tiny Santa hats, these Sports Ball Ornaments are so festive. With a little help from an adult, kids can make these Christmas ornaments, too. Score!

Great gift ideas for Dad, a coach, or teacher. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute, DIY ornament for a softball fan! Love it! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This cutie hits a home run!

Fun Christmas ornament idea for the whole team. And a great coach/teacher gift idea. Made with Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you used a foam egg instead of a ball, I think you could turn this one into a football ornament.

Cute soccer ball Christmas ornament made with a ball of Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Carefully draw on your ball design first, and then paint it. You might need to help a younger child with this step.

To make a Sports Ball Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Soccer ball, basketball and baseball: 3” ball
    • Golf ball: 2” ball
  • Acrylic craft paint: white, brown, black or red (choose the appropriate colors for your sport)
  • Red flannel, small piece
  • Fuzzy white felt
  • Pompom, 1” in white
  • Satin ribbon, 1/8” in red
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; marker; stiff paintbrush; fine paint brush; chopstick or skewer; Needle & thread or sewing machine; tapestry or other needle with a large eye; optional: pencil with clean eraser for golf ball

To make a Sports Ball Ornament:

1. Insert a chopstick or skewer into your ball to use as a handle. If you’re making a golf ball, skip to Step 2. For all other sports, paint your ball the appropriate color. After the paint dries, draw on details with the marker, and then paint them with the fine paintbrush. To make the Santa hat, skip to Step 3.

2. For the golf ball, press the pencil eraser into the 2” ball to create dimples. Paint golf ball white.

Cute Golf Ball Christmas Ornament! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

How about this one for Dad or Grandpa?

3. Make a Santa hat:

  • Using the Santa hat patterns, cut out a hat from the red flannel.
  • Fold in half, right sides together, and sew a 3/8” seam.
  • Turn hat right side out and gently push out the point with a dull pencil.
  • Glue hat to ball.

4. Glue a 1” x 8” strip of fuzzy felt around the hat on the soccer ball, baseball and basketball. Glue a ½” x 5” strip around the golf ball Santa hat.

5. Glue a pompom to the end of the hat.

6. Using the large eyed needle, insert a narrow ribbon through the hat. Tie off the ends, forming a hanging loop.

Cute collection of DIY ornaments for sports fans. Fun idea for Christmas gifts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sports Ball Ornaments designed by Kathleen George.

If you’re living with a real sports fanatic, I have a few more ideas for you. I featured these ideas for sports theme decor on Crafts ‘n Coffee a while back. Fun, aren’t they?

how to make cheap wall art for kids' rooms

Soccer theme kid’s room.

I have a swimmer in my house, and we catch an occasional baseball game, too. How about you? Which sports do you follow in your home?

I’m having a lot of fun with Tinsel Tuesdays this summer, and I hope you are, too. Look for more Christmas crafts next Tuesday.

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.Happy crafting.



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14 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: Score big with these DIY Sports Ball Ornaments

  1. So cute and what a great idea!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Are you following the World Cup? I hadn’t even thought of that connection when I scheduled these ornaments. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  2. Diane W. says:

    I love these sports ornaments. My son works with a baseball team and I think I will make the baseball ornament for him. Thanks for all of your cute Christmas ideas you have posted.

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you’re inspired, Diane! I hope you have fun with this, and I bet your son will love his ornament. Please send a photo when you’re done. Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Sherri Howell says:

    These ornaments are too cute!!

  4. These would also make an awesome sports ball mobile! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. LisaM6 says:

    Great tut. Love the sport balls. Only one missing is a volleyball. Love this idea. I’ll have to see if I can find all my supplies and try it. Thanks!

    • Sharon says:

      You’re right, we don’t have a volleyball. Sorry about that – I know you have a big-time volleyball player in your household. I bet you could adapt this though, yes? Sharon

      • LisaM6 says:

        I am going to give it a try when we get back from Denver…She is going to play in college. 🙂

      • Sharon says:

        That’s awesome news! Congratulations to your daughter! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a volleyball and I confess that I had to google it. I think you could definitely make a volleyball ornament — go for it! 🙂

  6. Katiria says:

    Sharon, these sports ornaments are perfect for anyone in the family who likes sports. You could even put your team logo on the hat if you want. In our house I am the only one who watches baseball. My husband and son are not into sports.
    Every now and then I drag them into the old argument “That umpire was blind on that call right?” As they nod “oh yeah, definitely”

    • Sharon says:

      Lol, Katiria! I love that you’re the fan in the house! Which team do you root for? Great idea to add a logo, and you could even make the Santa hat in the team colors, yes? Thanks so much for the idea. Sharon

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