In our house, everyone plays sports. We’re lucky that our kids are also quite artistic and crafty in between matches and games, but sports are definitely a huge priority under our roof. One of our favourite things about the DIY world, though, is that you can make things themed by just about anything, meaning it’s easy to combine the things you love most in one place. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for sports themed projects lately!
Just in case you’re as interested in the idea of making sports themed crafts with your family just as much as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the coolest ideas and tutorials we’ve come across in our search so far.
1. DIY volleyball plush cushion
Just in case your house is also full of sewing enthusiasts, here’s a pattern that we think you’ll have a blast combining all of the things with! We can’t get over how simple and cute this fuzzy plush volleyball shaped pillow is and we think it would make a great gift for someone you know who loves the sport. Get the full details for making your own on Classy Threads.
2. Popsicle stick mini skateboards
Maybe your kids would rather grab their boards and helmets and make it to the skate park between school and dinner rather than running to the rink or the field? In that case, we think they might get a kick out of the way PBS made these fun, DIY finger skateboards from beads and popsicles sticks.
3. Fingerprint baseballs
In our house, finger painting has always been a popular technique. There’s just something about getting hands-on with paints and supplies that gets our kids more excited than just about anything! That’s why we knew we simply had to bookmark this fantastic baseball painting craft from Crafty Morning the moment we saw it.
4. Soccer ball pinata
Does your house contain a budding soccer player or two? Well, if they’ve got something to celebrate coming up soon, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Mum in The Madhouse made a DIY soccer ball shaped pinata that’s perfect for things like birthday parties!
5. Coffee can football wind sock
What if your family is actually the kind of household team that watches the Sunday football game and the Super Bowl all together without fail? Then maybe you’d rather make something football themed, preferably something that lets the whole neighbourhood know what sport you all like best? Take a look at how The Wilson World made this fantastic football shaped wind sock from some cut ribbons and a painted, upcycled coffee can.
6. Popsicle stick hockey sticks and button pucks
Have you felt quite intrigued by the idea of making miniature versions of the supplies required by your kids’ very favourite sports but your kids have never been huge skateboarding fans? Well, if hockey is their thing instead, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Today’s Parent made these little hockey sticks out of popsicle sticks and tossed around some button pucks!
7. Homemade cheerleading pom poms
Not every sports fan has to be an avid player of whatever they enjoy cheering on most! Just in case you have a few natural cheerleaders in your home who like to cheer on their siblings, here are some DIY pom poms from Cooking with My Kid that are super fun to make.
8. Homemade winner’s trophies
Are your kids always having tournaments and sports games of their own in the back yard, even though they’re not actually old enough to join serious teams in those things quite yet? Well, that doesn’t mean they can’t still celebrate when their team wins! Take a look at how Mermaid Creations helped their little ones make sports trophies out of paper, tape, and upcycled disposable cups.
9. Pretty decorated ice skates doorknob hanger
Not every competitive sport is a team thing that involves sticks and balls! Figure skaters, for example, need only their skates, their skills, and good ice. Just in case there’s an enthusiastic, budding figure skater in your midst, here’s an adorable skate cutout and door hanger project outlined step by step on Rhinestones and Pine Cones.
10. Baseball lacing craft
Any time we can find a themed lacing craft to work on with our kids, we take the opportunity. The basic skills involved with lacing, after all, are the same ones they’ll use when they start hand sewing in the future! Lacing might not sound like something you can combine with sports, but this fun little baseball cutout and yarn activity from Little Family Fun begs to differ.
11. Miniature cornhole football game
Just in case you’re still thinking about how funny the concept of miniatures is when it comes to sports crafts, here’s a project that will let you play a game of miniature football! Check out how Deco Art made these fantastic yard marker style stands and tiny felt footballs in order to create a football themed game of miniature cornhole.
12. Froot Loops Olympic medal
Were your kids kind of enthusiastic about the paper cup trophy idea we showed you earlier but, in their minds, they’ve been aiming a little higher with their imaginary sports goals? Then maybe they’d rather make some Olympic medals! We love the way Honey + Lime used colourful Froot Loops cereal as the rings on their paper and ribbon medal.
13. Archery painting activity
Here’s an amazing creative activity that’s part craft and part actual sport! Fun Littles guides you step by step through the process of creating art with a play bow and arrow by dipping the tips in paint so they make colourful splatters all over the “target” page when they land. This one keeps your kids busy and active and shows them a new way to make shapes with paint!
14. Golf ball painting
Are you feeling quite intrigued by the idea of combining painting and sports in one place to make sure your kids can appreciate each one equally? Well, especially if you’ve got some old golf balls lying around that you’re not using anymore, then we think we might have found just the idea for you! Check out how Simple Fun for Kids painted with golf balls by letting them roll through the bright colours in a box so they create all kinds of swirls around the page.
15. Puffy laced paper footballs
Just in case you really liked the idea of making sports themed lacing crafts but your kids have never been huge fans of baseball, here’s an alternative that will get everyone pumped for fall football season! Check out how Mom on Time Out made these adorable little paper footballs that are stuffed for shape and sewing shut using yarn and simple hand stitching techniques, but with the holes pre-made for ease with a hole punch.
Have you made other kinds of awesome and super fun sports themed crafts with your kids but you don’t see anything quite similar to what you did on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you created it or link us to photos of your finished projects in the comments section!