Today I thought it would be fun to share an easy football craft for kids. This craft would be perfect to make during football season or for the Super Bowl.
There are two different art techniques used to make this football craft but both of them are super simple. I’ll also be sharing some ways that you can adapt this craft and how to get our free printable football template that I’ve used to make it.
I’ve always believed that it’s much easier to do something creative with your kids if it’s something that they’re interested in so if you have a little football fan in your house then football crafts are the way to go!
This is a bit of a bit of a messy craft so make sure that you protect any surfaces that you are working on.
- Football Template (see below)
- Kids paints in brown, yellow and green
- Green paper or cardstock
- I would also highly recommend that you use a table protector
If you’d prefer to draw a football shape yourself you can of course but I find having a template to use can make activities a lot easier. Our football template is free and you can grab as many copies as you like.
More Craft Ideas
As the American football season runs from September to January I thought I would share some crafts which might fit in with that time of the year too.
This foil painted pumpkin craft uses another of our templates and can be adapted so that it’s good for fall, Thanksgiving or Halloween.
Or why not try this paper plate turkey craft that uses handprints to make the feathers and another of our free templates.
Finally this sponge printed flag craft is super cute to make using a handprint too.
Paper Football Craft Instructions
To make your football craft start by printing out your free football template on to white or brown paper.
Por some brown paint on to a plate or tray, this makes it much easier to use. Grab a pom pom and dip it into the paint and then use it to paint your football, dabbing all over the template until it’s coloured in.
If your child doesn’t like getting their fingers dirty with paint then you could hold the pom pom with a clothes peg instead or maybe use a brown dot marker. Another alternative way to paint this, although obviously also a messy one, would be to make this as a fingerprint football craft if you don’t have any pom poms at home.
Next cut your paper football out.
While your football is drying it’s time to decorate the background. Of course this step isn’t essential but I think the process here is fun, it’s obviously going to be essential though that you protect the area you are working in from too much mess so a table cover is a good idea as are some kind of wipes or a wet cloth. I also hugely recommend using kids washable paints rather than acrylics having accidentally allowed my kids to use acrylics the other week and then spending forever trying to work out how to get them out of their clothes.
Dip a paintbrush into paint and then use it to splat your paint onto the green paper. I’ve used green and yellow paint but white would also be good because of the lines on a football field.
If you don’t want to splat the paint using a paintbrush then an alternative could be to use a toothbrush and flick the paint on using this or for a totally mess free option just draw on some white yard lines with a crayon or pen.
Once all of your paint is dry use glue to stick your football onto the background paper.