Hi friends! Angela here. Yea! It’s finally cooled down again! It’s a fabulous morning and it’s gonna be a great Saturday out on the field at the kid’s soccer games this weekend! We were sweating bullets at the games during the last 10 days. And, that was just us parents on the sidelines! Poor kiddos running up and down the field… But hey, they’re young 🙂 I remember when I was a kid, it could be 30 degrees or 110 degrees and it hardly fazed me! In my “old age” I don’t like the extremes 🙂
Today I wanted to share a little DIY project I’ve been working on for the past few days, soccer cheer sticks for my daughter’s soccer team. I couldn’t come up with a better name for them. Brain fart! If you can think of something clever please let me know! I’ll happily take renaming suggestions 🙂
These are pretty simple to make. As I said above, I’ve been working on these for a few days off and on with Lola, but I think overall the time would be about 3 hours if you can sit down and do them all at once. I had 12 to do in all.
Disclaimer – I wish I could take full creative credit for these, but I can’t. The first one of these I saw was last year during soccer season. Not sure who made them though…
It’ll be fun to cheer the girls on from the sidelines with these. Not to mention they make great fans for mom when it’s hot outside! 🙂 And, the kids can keep them as a memento after the season is over! You could easily do footballs, basketballs, or baseballs too!
Heres what you’ll need:
- White poster board – I bought 11×14 pieces that came in a 5-pack from Michael’s
- 8″ craft sticks
- 8″ circle template – I got mine here – near the bottom of the first page you’ll see the 8″ circle template
- Soccer ball template from here
- Stick on stars or whatever you choose to decorate with
- 2 black sharpies – one fine tip and one thick tip
- Different colored markers
- Hot glue
- Medium weight paper plates (optional)
- Print your soccer ball template on 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper
- Print your 8″ circle template and cut out with scissors
- Place your cut out circle template on top of a piece of the poster board and with a pencil trace a circle around the template onto the poster board
- Cut out the circle on the poster board
- Place your poster board circle over your soccer ball template and with the pencil draw the lines of the soccer ball on the poster board (the soccer ball template lines will be faint through the poster board, but you can definitely see them) I freehanded mine and they definitely weren’t all perfect, but when your go over them with the sharpie you can’t really tell
- After doing the lines in pencil, write the child’s name on the ball in pencil
- Use your fine point sharpie to go over all the lines as well as outline the child’s name
- If you still see any pencil marks you can erase them at this point
- Use your thick tip sharpie to fill in the areas on the ball that are black, leaving the rest white **I did use the fine tip sharpie to do the black area around the names though as there are smaller spaces to fill in
- Color in the child’s name with any color markers (my daughter Lola did this part)
- Warm up your hot glue gun to attach the sticks
- I glued about 1/3 of the stick onto the back of the completed soccer ball
At this point you’re done, or you can take it one step further as I did. I wanted them to be a little more “rigid” so I cut the bottoms out of some medium weight paper plates and used the glue gun to place them on the back of the soccer balls. This really gave them a sturdier feel!
So, what do you think?
I wish I had done these earlier in the season, but at least we still have 4 more regular season games plus playoffs. I think I will do this again for basketball season once our team is formed and I know all the girl’s names. I will share them with you here when I do. In the meantime, see you at the game!!