DIY: DIY Beach in a Ball

July 6, 2015

IMG_0036I don’t know why I bother with lists. I write them down with huge attention to detail and then one of two things happens. 1. I forget the list at home so it does me absolutely no good or…2. I bring the list with me and completely fail to stick to the script. I go completely rogue. I call and audible. I ditch the plan…and in the end, I leave the store with way too many things having spent way too many dollars.

That’s what happened here. I went to Michaels with a list. On that list were three things. Three things. I left with about fifty. Thats a discrepancy of 47 “things.” Among those fifty things were two styrofoam half balls. I bought them for absolutely no reason at all …other than that gut feeling of “these would make something cool.” (you can see how I quickly deviate from the list plan when I have totally irrational internal monologue like this going on). Turns out my internal monologue was spot on. Styrofoam half balls make for adorable beach balls that you can fill up with all sorts of beachy goodness. It’s a cute way to the package up your summer. This beach ball is easy to make and would be an awesome welcome for summer houseguests. I’m picturing this sitting atop a guest bed with a fun, colorful beach towel and maybe a fruity cocktail? (It always comes back to cocktails, doesn’t it?)

Here’s the rundown on how to make this “Beach …in a ball” project.

DIY Beach in a Ball | Damask LoveYou will need:

  • Foam Brushes
  • Two 10″ hollow styrofoam half balls (you can pick these up at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s)
  • toothpicks
  • stencil tape
  • Assorted bright acrylic craft paints

Untitled-2Insert toothpicks along the rim of the styrofoam half ball

  1. Use the toothpicks to attach the halves together
  2. Tape off wedge segments as shown
  3. Paint every other segment
  4. Once the segments have dried, tape off a circle on the top and bottom of the ball and paint.

When it’s done and the paint is dry, the styrofoam ball has plenty of room inside to fill with summer time treats.

DIY Beach in a Ball | Damask Love

DIY Beach in a Ball | Damask Love
DIY Beach in a Ball | Damask Love

DIY Beach in a Ball | Damask Love

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18 thoughts on “DIY Beach in a Ball”

  1. Amber, I love your site. I promise I love it. Love it so much, that sometimes I feel I harass you by visiting it twice a day. I have this dream that you post twice a day, like you don’t work or taking cool pictures was a piece of cake. Don’t get me wrong, I like everything you create, but (I know the eternal but), if you post some cards like before I will be so super duper happy. You don’t have to do it, but believe me it will be pretty awesome.

    1. HAHA! I love this comment – you are too cute. I promise I have some cards in the works. I don’t make them as much as I used to since I sometimes feel so constrained by getting my ideas to fit on a 4 x 5″ piece of cardstock, but rest assured, there are some cards in the works! You’re not the first person to say that you miss the cardmaking, so I definitely want to keep you guys happy and give you a reason to come back!! Thanks so much for being such a loyal reader!

  2. HAHA! I love this comment – you are too cute. I promise I have some cards in the works. I don’t make them as much as I used to since I sometimes feel so constrained by getting my ideas to fit on a 4 x 5″ piece of cardstock, but rest assured, there are some cards in the works! You’re not the first person to say that you miss the cardmaking, so I definitely want to keep you guys happy and give you a reason to come back!! Thanks so much for being such a loyal reader!

    1. You could TOTALLY do a smaller version of this! They sell the half balls in a bunch of different sizes, too – so get crazy with the beach ball crafting!

  3. Come on Amber! It’s one thing to add things on to “your” lists, but now you have to add on things to mine as well? Thanks, now I have to add Styrofoam half balls next time! Cute, cute cute idea.

  4. Super cute idea! LOVE IT!! You could even do this with smaller ones for candy or something. Love your site!

  5. You are truly a girl after my own heart! I, too, have been known to stray from the list, but rather than a problem, I see it as The Creative Muse speaking to me and opening my mind to limitless possibilities. It sounds good, anyway.
    You are a blast and a half–keep up the great work!

  6. Amber this is a cute idea! Especially being able to fill these with goodies. I have seen these Styrofoam balls in Michael’s and Hobby Lobby but never thought about how I could use them. Now you’ve got my creative juices flowing! And I was in Hobby Lobby this morning…well I guess I will add these to my next craft list of things to purchase when I go back…Thanks for sharing!

  7. This would be such a cute project for guests if you had a beach house! I’ll save this project in case I get a beach house one day… 🙂 Seriously though – my husband is a basketball official so I could totally see a basketball surprise here. Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Absolutely Brilliant!…I have the same shopper’s list syndrome. Glad to know neither of us are ALONE! I’m long over due for a Crafty Yard Sale! My hidden stash spots in the house are starting to run over and Hubs will find me out…LOL! Love what you did with this styrofoam…now I feel a need to buy…these for no other reason other than I know I’m going to need them One Day! …and that good enough for ME (lol). Smooches…

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