DIY Foam Finger Party Decoration

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Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial
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Fans love waving a big foam finger to support their favorite team at live games. Well, we thought it would be a great way to cheer on the guest of honor at a basketball birthday party (or any sports-themed celebration). Create a custom DIY foam finger to display or use as a photo prop during the party. Personalize your foam finger decorations with the name of the game V.I.P. and their age instead of “We’re #1” to make sure them feel extra special. Get into the birthday spirit and rally on your friend on their big day.

Learn how to craft a game-winning centerpiece to add to your basketball decorations with this DIY foam finger tutorial from Tara at Spot of Tea Designs.

DIY Foam Finger Supplies

Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

DIY Foam Finger Party Decoration Instructions

Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

Download and print out the DIY foam finger centerpiece template. This prints larger on (2) 8.5 x 11 sheets so you’ll need to line up and tape your template together to make it true to size.

Lay the template onto the black foam sheet. Trace and cut out the shape. If you plan to use this as a centerpiece where people will see both sides, consider cutting out 2 foam shapes for a later step.

Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

Paint (4) wood dowels with white acrylic paint. Tip: stick in a scrap piece of foam in order to paint all sides.

Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can use the PDF as a template to trace out the outline, fingernail and knuckles onto white cardstock paper. Cut out the pieces and glue them onto the foam finger shape.

Print your personalized message and repeat the tracing, cutting and gluing process to customize the foam finger.

If you have a cutting machine, upload our Vinyl shapes SVG file to your cutting machine software.  Add the birthday boy’s name and age and the center to personalize for your party. Our party shows “Tony is #8” in this area.

Weed your vinyl to remove any access material from the design. Again, in order to put onto this single 12×12” sheet, we pieced this design together in two parts.

Separate out these parts and apply them to the foam finger shape.

Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

Now, create 2 foam basketballs for additional accents in this centerpiece. Trace a small plate on orange foam. Cut out the black accents and apply to the circle shape. Tip: it helps to use transfer tape and a scrapper tool to line it up perfectly.

Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

Once the wood dowels are dry, tape the foam shapes using duct tape. Attach the coordinating piece of foam to the back using white glue around the edges. This will cover the duct-taped stick if these are being used as a centerpiece at a table with guests on both sides.

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Stick these pieces into tin buckets filled with foam and paper shred. Put them on display at center court during your basketball party!

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Basketball Party DIY Foam Finger Decoration Tutorial

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