DIY Olympic Torch Centerpiece

Are you planning an Olympics-themed party? You’ll definitely want to check out this DIY Olympic torch centerpiece idea! This craft is made mostly from dollar store materials, so it’s an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for your Olympic party.

Olympic Torch Centerpiece with Dollar Store Materials

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I was an assistant camp director for a Young Women camp at our church one summer. It was an Olympic year, so we decided to use that as our inspiration for the camp theme. As part of our decorations for the lodge, I thought it would be fun to make some faux Olympic torches. I saw a few examples that I loved, but couldn’t find the right materials in our budget.

So I was cruising Dollar Tree for inspiration and I found it.

Cheer cones and foam!

I loved how they turned out, so I’ve had it on my to-do list to share it with you!

How to Make a DIY Olympic Torch Centerpiece

This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY project! If an Olympics party is on your summer bucket list, you’ll definitely want to give it a try. In just a few steps, you’ll have fun centerpieces for your gathering. It won’t take very much time or money to create enough for several tables!

Step One: Gather Materials

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Plastic cheer cone (usually found in the toy section)
  • Round craft styrofoam
  • Silver or gold spray paint
  • Red, orange, and yellow tissue paper

That’s it!

A quick word on the cheer cones, though: You will definitely want to use a cheer cone that has a defined mouth piece, such as this type that you can find on Amazon.

Step Two: Assemble the Torch

The next step is to create the torch shape by attaching the cheer cone to the foam disc.

Depending on the style of the cheer cone, the mouthpiece might not fit exactly flush or be too long. I would suggest cutting it down to make it flat(ish) and short enough that it won’t poke all the way through the foam when you attach it. (I just used my trusty kitchen shears.)

After that, you just need to twist the cheer cone mouth piece into the center of the floral foam. I found that no glue was necessary, especially once it was painted.

Speaking of paint…that’s the next step!

Step Three: Paint

Spray paint the outside of the cone and the foam base and about halfway down the inside with your desired color. I used silver because I already had it sitting around from another project.

Step Four: Add Tissue Paper

Once the paint has had plenty of time to dry, you can add the tissue paper.

Just trim each piece of tissue paper into a square, with yellow being the largest, then orange slightly smaller, and red the smallest. Then bunch it so the red and orange show on the outside.

That’s it! A simple DIY Olympic torch centerpiece that will be perfect for your next Olympic-themed party.

If you plan to have an outdoor celebration, you might decide to put a few rocks or marbles in the center of your tissue paper bunch. That will help the tissue paper from flying out on a windy day. You could add something to the bottom of the torch part if you need a little more weight.

Be sure to come back and let me know if you make these! Or, better yet, share your final product on Instagram and give me a tag! (@stephanieroyer.mst)

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Olympic Torch Centerpiece (with dollar store materials)

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