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   Make a football field table runner Posted by Chica 
January 19, 2009 
Chica
 

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.

football field table runner 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 football field table runnerI 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 football field table runner 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:

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.

Planning a big party for Super Bowl XLVII and need more ideas? Bring it all together with a Super Bowl XLVII party pack, keep your drinks chilled in a 6′ inflatable goal post cooler, and let the armchair quarterbacks in your group have fun during the game with their own penalty flags!

Penalty Flag

7 comments so far:

  1. Rachel said: (January 19th, 2009 at 2:50 pm)

    Oh this is great! I’ll be linking in my Superbowl Roundup.

  2. Teresa said: (January 11th, 2010 at 1:25 pm)

    Your runner AND rug look FANTASTIC! What a great idea! I live in Kentucky where the religion of choice is basketball…I wonder if I could make a basketball court out of linoleum that looks like wood? I can see what I will be doing in the runup to March Madness!

  3. Chica said: (January 11th, 2010 at 1:30 pm)

    What a fun idea, Teresa! If you make a basketball court, please let us know. I’d love to see it!

  4. Jennifer said: (January 29th, 2010 at 1:10 pm)

    We usually head to the in laws for the super bowl party, and we have a cook off, where everyone brings something different, and actually tries to one up each others food. This year, we may not make it due to hectic schedules, but I mostly go for the great food more than the game anyway. Honestly, I love the new commercials they run during the breaks in the game. my husbands dad makes his famous pizza soup, or his swiss steak,in the crock. I make a killer german potato salad.

    I love your crafts, and have started several. I made blown out egg decorations for our tree this year, and they turned out wonderful. thanks.

    Jennifer

  5. Chica said: (January 29th, 2010 at 1:27 pm)

    Hi Jennifer. Pizza soup? That sounds so interesting! I would love to have the recipe, or is it a family secret? :)

  6. Amanda Hargrove said: (August 12th, 2010 at 9:10 pm)

    This is awesome! I’m working on planning a football themed wedding and found lots of ideas at SportsThemedWeddings.com, but there’s some great DIY’s here on your site. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Michelle said: (January 31st, 2011 at 2:45 pm)

    This would be cute to do indiviual placemats too!

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