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   Football pennants Posted by Chica 
January 20, 2011 
Chica
 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Two more tape strips and a quick trim of the excess tape, and the pennant was done.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I just love how it came out!

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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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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

6 comments so far:

  1. Jennifer said: (January 20th, 2011 at 3:26 pm)

    Great idea!! I will be making these and using the football field runner and table mats I won from you all last year this time for a birthday party for my soon to be 7 year old son (who is such a football fanatic that he thinks we planned it that he was born superbowl weekend :) on Superbowl Friday—let’s hope his fav team, the Bears, help him out and post a W on Sunday so we can use all of his Bears stuff too!!

  2. Jo said: (January 20th, 2011 at 11:34 pm)

    Jennifer, Chica loves the Bears as well! So glad you like the football decorations!

  3. Amy said: (February 4th, 2013 at 7:47 am)

    This is brilliant. It just proves any event can be improved with bunting :) I have also just featured this on my blog, would love you to have a look. http://babiesbuttonsandbows.blogspot.com

    Amy x

  4. Ananasa said: (October 27th, 2013 at 3:39 am)

    Amazing idea! So much fun to make and a really good way for the whole family to get involved and excited for the superbowl! We love it, thank you!

  5. Michelle said: (January 25th, 2014 at 2:56 pm)

    Love this idea!! Found it on Pinterest and now we are doing the pennants and the football field for a table cloth for our Seahawks super bowl party. Thanks again!!!

  6. Chica said: (January 28th, 2014 at 8:12 am)

    So glad you found us, Michelle! Have a great party :)

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