This post originally appeared on Skip To My Lou as part of her Summer Camp Craft series last summer. We are now out of school and ready to party, so I am excited to share it with you here!
It’s a simple party craft to make with the kids. Maybe they will want to host a little pool party or beach party for their friends. This garland will set the perfect tone. It would also look really cute accenting summer decor on your mantle. And it is really easy to make, so let’s get started:
1- Gather your Materials: You will need colorful paper. Red, white, blue, and yellow, if you want to go traditional. We went a little more colorful with ours. Some red striped bakers twine (or other string), glue or double sided tape, and a circle punch. It doesn’t really matter what size you use. The larger the punch, the larger your beachballs will be.
2- Start punching circles! (This could take a little while depending on how long you want your garland to be. We used 5 circles to form each ball. I would recommend using between 4-6.
3- Punch and separate circles of every color.
4- Fold each circle in half. The more precise you are about your folds, the neater the balls will turn out.
5- If your paper is not the same color on both sides, make sure and fold your circle so that the color you want is on the inside of the fold. The outsides won’t show.
6- Begin gluing halves of circles together.
7- Keep gluing just the one side, until you have used each of the circles for the ball. You will complete the ball by gluing the unattached sides together and forming a ball.
8- You might want to do step #7 after you have inserted the twine in the middle of the ball. Or you can string the twine through the completed balls later, but the center might be a bit tight.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it! Just keep adding your beach balls to the garland, until you have enough to fill your garland with the spacing you desire.
If you are crazy like me, you’ll want to take it a step further and host a fun pool party playdate, with some friends and goodies.
Because there is another great use for your mini paper beachballs! They can also be glued to card stock to make place cards or food labels at a Summer Fun party.
Doesn’t that look like a fun way to welcome summer?
If you like this idea, check out the Easter egg garland I made using the same technique. And the pumpkin place cards I made one Thanksgiving several years ago. If you are in the mood for more summer celebrations, you’ll love my mermaid-themed Under the Sea birthday!