50-Year-Old Basketball-Themed Birthday Party Centerpiece


Let’s Go Lakers, Let’s Go! This is what Tracey will be chanting when she begins making this week’s DIY Birthday Centerpiece that she requested for her husband’s upcoming birthday party. He is a Total L.A Laker’s fan and she wanted a centerpiece to reflect his obsession with basketball. Well Tracey I think we hit the winning shot with this one!


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How to Make a Basketball Centerpiece


STEP 1: This centerpiece has 5 components. Let’s start with the jersey. First, you will need to get a template for your jersey. I found mine on Google by typing in t-shirt template and then copying it on a word document so I could expand it or shrink it if needed. The larger jersey is 5 X 3 1/2 inches. You will need 3 templates to create this t-shirt jersey. Two that are 5 X 3 1/2 inches and One that is 4 1/2 X 3 inches.

 STEP 2: Place your templates on the backside of your gold and purple paper. Trace around your templates and then cut them out. After you have cut out all your laker jersey pieces layer them on your t-shirt. Use a glue stick to adhere. Hot glue your wooden dowel to the front-side of your jersey. Glue the same jersey to the backside of your wooden dowel. This is to ensure it looks great on the front and the back. Attach your number 5 and number 0 to the front and backside of your jersey using your gluestick to adhere.

TIP:  Smooth out your paper so you don’t have any bumps in your jersey. For a more secure hold use hot glue.

Decorate Your Basketball Finger Game

STEP 3: Add hot glue to the pieces that are removable on your basketball finger game to ensure it does not fall apart. Apply mod podge and then sprinkle your copper-colored glittered on it.

STEP 4: Attach a 1/4 inch wooden dowel to your 5-inch ornament. Then take your holiday ornament and apply lines to it similar to a basketball using black glitter glue.

STEP 5: Take your numbers 5 and 0 and hot glue them each to a wooden dowel as they will be added later to your basketball base.

Create Your Basketball Hoop Stand

STEP 6: Display your beautiful embellishment pieces by creating a basketball hoop stand to place them on. Evenly spread mod podge to the top of your 8 inch X 4 inch cake foam. Sprinkle gold glitter on top and then seal it with acrylic gloss spray. Hot glue your purple paper to the sides of your cake foam.

STEP 7: Sit your basketball base and place it inside of your net. Trim off the long ends of your net. Add hot glue to the knots of your net and attach it to the top of your basketball base. Once your hot glue has dried, flip the base over, trim off the long ends and use floral pins to anchor down your net.

It’s Time To Add Your Embellishments

STEP 8: Place your embellishments on top of your basketball base. Hot glue your basketball finger game that is now covered in copper glitter. Add the remaining embellishments, using a shish kabob skewer to prepunch your holes.

TIP: If you decide you do not like the placement of your embellishments after it is completed. Remove them and add hot glue to your holes glitter and cover the holes with your glitter. Now place your embellishments where you prefer them to be.

I absolutely love how this Basketball Centerpiece turned out! The outcome is amazing and will definitely add that extra special touch to any birthday party!

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