These DIY “Floating” Soccer Paper Lanterns are perfect for a kids soccer or sports-themed birthday party!
Don’t toss ’em when the party’s over! They also make cute and thrifty kids bedroom decor for your favorite soccer fan!
Throwing a kids party doesn’t need to be an expensive or time-intensive ordeal. Purchasing soccer-specific party supplies can add up quickly, so making your own decorations and soccer-themed foods can help keep the budget reasonable.
I ordered these white paper lanterns from Oriental Trading Company, but you can often find similar versions at the Dollar Tree or on Amazon (listed below).
Supplies needed for DIY Soccer Paper Lanterns:
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How to make Soccer Paper Lanterns:
STEP ONE: Print out our free pentagon tracing pattern here and trace onto your card stock several times. You want at least 7+ pentagons per paper lantern.
TIP: Another option is to paint the soccer pattern onto the paper lanterns using the provided template. We use the card stock to allow for better control and easy adjusting of the final spacing. You can also carefully remove the hexagons from the paper lanterns after the party, if you’d like to re-purpose the lanterns. These white lanterns could easily become Pokeballs, Baseballs, covered in glitter, or kept white for a classic effect. You can use them over and over, and even re-purpose them!
STEP TWO: Cut out the hexagons and attach to the paper lanterns using double-sided tape. I love the “floating” look of the black hexagons on the lantern!
STEP THREE: Hang the lanterns using fishing wire, so they appear suspended in midair. We used tape to hold them to the ceiling for the party, you can use a decorating hook for more permanent fixture.
If you’re planning a soccer themed party, you’ll also want to check out these Chocolate Covered Soccer Oreos! Fun, delicious, and easy to make!
Thank you to Jennifer at Sugar Spice & Glitter for this awesome Soccer Paper Lantern tutorial!
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