Monday, August 2, 2010

Beach ball invitations

My daughter is having a Monkey themed birthday party at local water park. I found kits for beach ball invitations on Oriental Trading's website. It include an ordinary small beach ball with the invitation info (time, place, etc.) printed on them and a little waterproof container. The idea was great, but it was a little plain. So when I ran across these cute monkey beach balls, I decided to just make them myself. They only cost about $1 each to make, which is about how much the plain ones would have cost too. I don't think that is too bad. I got the little containers for 50¢ at Party City and paid $5.99 for a dozen for the balls from Oriental Trading (which is about 50¢).

To get started you will need StazOn ink, sharpy pen, an invitation stamp, water proof container, and a beach ball. You could use an evelope if you can't find the little containers.
Stamp the image onto the beach ball and write your information using the sharpy. This works much better if you don't blow the ball up and use a flat surface to work.

You won't need to blow them up at all, but this is what it looks like.

Let the ink dry, then roll up the beach ball and put it in the container.

Add a label and you are done. You CAN mail these in this container. You will need to make a mailing label. Also, take the string off and put it inside the container. We are hand delivering to our friends that live near by and mailing the rest. I used a monkey stamp, put their name on it, and added a little line that says "inflate for the date". I hope they like it!


  1. They are stinkin' cute! I sure do miss those fun parties!

  2. hey lady!
    you should be adding this to linky parties!!!
    This is a fabulous idea!!!
    For real.
    Don't make me do it for you.

  3. You are brilliant!!!! My daughters birthday is in August....I might have to do this fabulous invitation idea!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. WOW! I love this idea, and I am hosting a big Cricut Crop poolside in June... guess who are getting their invitations on beach balls!!! So glad you shared this idea... I had originally thought of flip flops, but this is SO much cuter! Love it <3

    1. Pool side crop? Oh man that sounds like a fun party!! I'm so glad you liked my invites and hope you guys have a fun crop!

    2. where your containers 4" or 7"?
      what was the name of your font? it is super cute! how much did it cost to mail?

  5. also, where did you puchase your invitation stamp? i am going to try this for my daughters 5th bday party!

    1. I think the little containers were about 4 or 5 inches tall. I can not remember how much it cost to mail them, but I do know they have to weigh them, so the price will depend on that. The stamp was at Hobby Lobby and they usually have several different designs to pick from. Check out the fonts at "Kevin&Amanda" blog. The link is on the right side of my blog. I hope that helps. :-)