Free Sports Balls SVG ⚽🏈⚾️ + 50 Sports Craft Ideas
This free SVG is one for all you sports fans out there!
It’s a layered cardstock design with lots of different balls from various sports. There are lots of pieces, leading to a fabulous dimensional effect, but it’s a fairly simple design to cut and stick together – perfect for if you’re new to cutting card with your Cricut!
The sports balls included are: American football, soccer ball (football), baseball, volleyball, tennis ball, basketball, bowling ball, golf ball and 8-ball (pool ball).
This would make a great Cricut craft for Father’s day, birthdays, congratulations cards for sporting achievements, scrapbook page decorations, or – well – any craft for someone who loves sports!
See how to stick all the layers together (and the order they go in!) in this tutorial.
Keep scrolling until the end for 50 more sports craft ideas. 🎾
Video tutorial for sports balls SVG
Watch the video below to see how to make this sporty craft project. Keep scrolling for a written tutorial.
Materials for layered sports balls Cricut craft
Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.
This is a great project for using up your card scraps as it doesn’t need much of the different sports ball colours.
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- Cricut Machine
- Light blue Cricut cutting mat
- Coloured Card
- Collall All Purpose Glue or similar
- Needle Tip Applicator Bottle
- 3D foam pads
This project is suitable for the following types of Cricut machine: Explore Air 2, Explore Air 3, Maker, Maker 3, Venture and Joy Xtra.
Layered sporting SVG assembly instructions
Here’s how to make your very own sporty craft project using a Cricut machine!
Step 1) Download the free file & unzip the downloaded folder
Download the Free Cutting File
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Before you upload the SVG to Design Space, you need to unzip the download folder that it comes in.
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Step 2) Upload the SVG file into Design Space
Open up Cricut Design Space and upload the file called svg-sports-balls-craftwithsarah.svg
Make sure you upload the file which starts svg- in the filename!!
This is how it should look after you have uploaded the file:
After uploading, the design will show in your “Recently Uploaded Images”. Click on it and then press “Add to Canvas” to put it onto your Project.
Click the design on your canvas and use the width/height boxes near the top of the screen to make it the size that you want to cut it.
I made mine 7.5 inches wide. I don’t recommend going much smaller than about 4 inches wide as some of the pieces are quite thin in places, for example the outline on the soccer ball, so if you make the design much smaller it may be difficult to cut.
If you would like to just cut the sports balls without the background, look down the layers panel and hide the bottom four layers by hovering your mouse of them and clicking the eye icon.
When you’re happy how the design SVG is looking in Design Space, click “Make” and follow the instructions on-screen to cut out all the layers.
Change the paper size using the dropdowns on the left.
You can click-and-drag shapes around to use up less of your cardstock.
TIP: New to cutting cardstock with a Cricut? Check out this in-depth tutorial which goes through every step of the process, including tips for getting the best quality cuts from your Cricut.
Step 3) Stick the layered sports balls together
Use 3D foam pads and glue to stick the layers together.
Use this guide to see the order to stick the layers together in. A high quality printable version of this assembly guide is included in the folder when you download this SVG.
For this project, you will need two different types of adhesive: glue and foam squares.
When adding the foam pads to the relevant layers, make sure you add some in the middle of the pieces of card so it give stability to the middles. If you don’t add any foam pads in the middles then it can “sag” under the weight of the other layers which doesn’t look as good.
Free sport SVG: Cricut project for sports lovers
Here is how the sports balls papercraft project will look once all of the layers are stuck together.
It’s now all ready to be framed or displayed on your shelves using one of these cardstock easel stands.
But if you are a sports fan don’t go anywhere just yet because I’ve got something very exciting for you which is going to fulfil all your sports layered design needs probably forever.
Let’s take a look…
50 more sports project ideas
If you love sports AND crafting, check out the Sports Mega Bundle.
It contains layered cardstock cut files for a whopping 50 different sports.
From American football to soccer, baseball to cricket, water sports, team sports, martial arts, car and motorbike sports and everything in between – all your favourite sporting themes in one affordable SVG bundle.
Male and female versions are included for each design that features a person, and there are also a wide range of cut files solely focused on the sport, without any people in them.
My layered SVG files retail for $5 each, which means purchasing all 50 designs would usually cost $250.
However, you can purchase the mega bundle for just $97 – getting you all these sporty designs at a much reduced price.