Make a football field table runner
Last year I told you about the awesome football field rug that I made for my Super Bowl party. It made a great decoration for the floor and all my guests loved it.
This year, I decided to use the same idea to make a matching table runner. Just as before, I started with at my local home improvement store, where I had them cut me a 2-foot width of green outdoor carpet off the giant roll. This stuff is sometimes hard to find in winter, so if your store is out, you might also want to check online. While at the store, I also picked up a roll of white duct tape.
A regulation football field is 100 yards long (plus two 10-yard end zones) and about 53 yards wide. In order to keep with the same proportions, I cut my green carpet 4 feet, 10 inches long and 2 feet wide.
I used the same techniques for building this table runner that I had for the rug, but I simplified it because of the smaller size. I kept the most important features, which were the end zones and yard lines, which I marked with duct tape that I had cut into long, skinny strips.
My end zones were 5 inches wide and then I divided the field into 10 sections about 4.5″ wide and marked each with a strip of tape. This represented the main yard lines (10, 20, 30, etc). I then divided each of those sections in half with another piece of tape, for the remaining yard lines (15, 25, 35, etc).
I cut very thin strips of tape about 2″ long and used them to create the 1-yard hash marks on either side of the field. These small pieces have a huge impact and really make it look like a football field.
Because I was working with such a small area compared to my rug before, I decided to leave out the yard line numbers and the interior hash marks in the middle of the field.
As a finishing touch, I covered all the edges of the carpet with the white duct tape, which will keep the carpet from unraveling and leaving little grass bits everywhere. This band of tape also covers the messy ends of all my strips, and really makes the whole rug look polished and neat.
My new table runner is all set for this year’s Super Bowl party! I’ll be putting it on my main table and covering it with bowls and platters of my favorite party snacks.
If you’re looking for Super Bowl party snack ideas, you might want to try some of our yummy recipes:
- Chica’s bold Chex Mix
- cheddar, bacon, and onion bread
- kettle corn
- chocolate covered marshmallow treats
- dried beef roll-ups
- our version of the famous “Bubble Bread”
- colorful swirled cupcakes in your team colors
Once the football season is over, I already have plans to re-use this table runner. My friend’s little boy saw it this week and wants to use it as a rug in his football-themed bedroom. I could also see this idea being expanded to create a soccer field or baseball diamond, and it would work well in any sports-themed room or as a decoration at a birthday party.