How to Make Antenna Toppers

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Antenna toppers are useful and cost-effective as advertising tools, fan merchandise and group identification markers. They began being seen around 1966 and became a statement of who you were and what you liked. They started off being inexpensive baubles sold at automotive stores. Now they are sold in boutiques and online stores and can be quite costly. Making these antenna balls can be a fun project for a rainy weekend or a party activity. Just place the items used around a table and let the fun begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Nerf or Styrofoam balls about the size of a tennis ball
  • 5/8 inch wiggly eyes
  • Bowls for small items
  • Craft or white glue
  • Different color craft foam sheets
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver

Remove the balls from the package and place one at the seat of each person making an antenna topper.

Place an assortment of wiggly eyes in a bowl between every two seats. Also put out a small container of glue for every two people. This is a good way to get children to share.

Have the children put a little glue on their ball and place one eye on the glue. Tell them to do the second eye after. Help them if they gave trouble lining the eyes up.

Cut a variety of mouths from the foam before the project and give the children a chance to choose the mouth in the shape and color they want. Glue the mouth on in the right place.

Allow the projects to dry overnight and when they are dry, draw a line across the center of the mouth horizontally to produce lips. Poke a small hole in the bottom of the ball and place on the antenna of a car.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let older children or adults design their own toppers using sequins, glitter and paints. Use smaller balls for topping pencils or other areas.

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