The Super Bowl is coming up soon, and if my team continues to do well, I hope to be watching them on the gridiron in a couple of weeks. In anticipation, I’ve been thinking about how to decorate for the event. I had some of that fake grass carpet (a.k.a. AstroTurf) left over from the football field rug and football field table runner that I made in years past, so I thought I’d use that in my decoration so that it all coordinated.
I finally came up with the perfect idea. I would make some pennants to hang on the wall. Not only would it look neat, I knew it would be a fast and easy project to do — two great qualities!
You can find grass carpet at your local home improvement store. You can often buy it by the foot, which is great because you can get just as much as you need. The first thing I did was to cut the grass carpet into triangles. To make this easier, I cut a triangle out of a piece of paper and used it to trace the shape onto the back of the carpet. Then I just cut it out with scissors.
The next thing to do was work on cutting some white duct tape into the shapes I needed. To make thin strips, I put a piece of tape on a self-healing cutting mat and used a metal ruler and X-acto knife to cut it into 1/4″ wide strips. Then I got my good buddy Jo to user her Cricut to cut out some numbers for me, much like she’s done several times before.
After that, it was pretty easy. I just put a strip of tape down the middle of the pennant and then put the yard marker numbers on either side.
Two more tape strips and a quick trim of the excess tape, and the pennant was done.
I made one pennant for each yard line that’s marked on a real football field — 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10.
To attach the pennants together, I put a long piece of duct tape on the table, sticky side up. Then I put the pennants on, in order, using my paper template from before as a spacer so that they would be evenly spaced.
Once a few of them were in place, I just folded the tape over to cover the top edge of the pennants and create a sealed “ribbon” of duct tape.
My table was only so long, so I couldn’t do the entire string with one piece of duct tape. It was easy to extend it, though, by just adding a new piece at the end until the whole thing was done.
I just love how it came out!
I think it looks pretty neat on the wall, too. When I set up for the actual party, I may put them on the food table, or around the TV. Who knows?
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