Super Bowl Crafts: Paper Football

by Feb 2nd, 2011 // Just for Fun, Sculptures, Themes

Super Bowl Crafts: Paper Football

Thanks for making yesterday’s launch of Crafting With My Kid a huge success. As mentioned, we’re embarking on another 365 day project. This time it’s crafts, and this time I have some artsy friends helping me out. I asked my friend Angie (who was a big time art director at a big time agency in Chicago) if she’d come up with some fun ideas for the season. She suggested a few Superbowl themed posts. Brilliant, as ever. Take it away, Angie…

Hi, Angie here. In the midst of trying to come up with some fun Super Bowl craft projects, I suddenly remembered quite possibly the best “restaurant waiting game” that my family used to play: Paper Football, where no extra equipment or batteries were ever needed, just a sugar packet from the condiment container on the table, two hands to make goals and the game was on. Whoever could get that packet through the goal post across the table the most times was the winner. Now, to give this football game a little kid friendly craft makeover, perfect for Super Bowl entertaining…

This is my kid. For her and the rest of our family, football season ended a few weeks ago, when our favorite team yet again missed the chance at a championship. Always a fan of art projects, my kid was so excited to make a super easy, Super Bowl craft even if the colors aren’t EAGLES green.

We grabbed four craft sticks, a couple paint colors and got started painting the sticks. My kid loved painting these. I couldn’t believe how much time and effort she put into each stroke.

After the paint dried, we glued the sticks together in the shape of a football goal post. How about that, football fans, a portable goal post in almost no time! Now for the paper football…

This part was easy crafting too. We cut a strip of brown paper and started folding it like a flag, taking the right bottom corner and folding a triangle upward.

My kid rocked the paper folding part as she continued making triangles upward to the top

and sealed it with a piece of clear tape.

A little cut masking tape for the football laces and even my non-arts and crafts loving husband was ready for “kick off.”

My kid was so proud of her homemade Paper Football game and couldn’t wait to play ball!

Now for the instructions…

Paper Football

Prep Time: 5 minutes Hands on Time: 20 minutes (does not include paint and glue dry time)

Supplies:
craft sticks (4 needed to make one goal post)
paint (any kind of craft paint will do)
paintbrush
glue
brown construction paper
clear tape
masking tape
scissors

Paint four popsicle sticks your favorite team colors. Once the paint dries, arrange the sticks in the shape of a football goal post and glue the sticks together. Let the goal post dry on a flat surface. For the football, take a piece of brown construction paper and fold it in half vertically. Then fold it in half vertically again. When you open the paper folds, you will have four equal strips. Cut one strip to use. Take the bottom right corner of the paper and fold a triangle upward. Continue to fold triangles upward creasing each fold. When the last fold is made, seal the loose flap with a piece of clear tape. Now for the laces, cut a long, thin piece of masking tape and four small horizontal pieces. It’s game time!

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10 Comments on “Super Bowl Crafts: Paper Football”

  1. 1.) Macki
    February 2nd, 2011

    What a fun idea and great for the kiddos during the game!!! Your girl is adorable.

  2. 2.) angie
    February 4th, 2011

    Thanks, and same to your beautiful swell supper family!

  3. 3.) angie
    February 4th, 2011

    Thanks and same to your beautiful swell supper family!

  4. 4.) Terry
    February 3rd, 2011

    I love it Just in time for the game.

  5. 5.) Lily B
    February 3rd, 2011

    great idea for waiting for food/ I can't wait to try it out – – even waiting to relax till bed time.
    Your kid is truly adorable Lily B

  6. 6.) Debbie
    February 9th, 2011

    Angie,
    Love the post (and the shot of your "non-arts and crafts loving husband's arm)…We miss you guys here in Philly! At least I can check back here to catch some glimpses of your gorgeous faces! Hope LA is treating you well (we're wishing we had weather like you're having). Great site! Debbie 🙂

  7. 7.) angie
    February 10th, 2011

    we miss you guys so much, too! can't believe how long it has been. please send kisses to all your boys. we may be there in summer. we will let everyone know as it gets closer.

  8. 8.) Elisabeth
    February 10th, 2011

    Adorable Angie- what a cute craft idea! And I too remember playing this with my family as well! Keep the good ideas coming! You ARE a super creative person! We miss you LOTS and wish we could squeeze you more often! Great Job! xoxo Elisabeth

  9. 9.) angie
    February 10th, 2011

    thank you so much for the sweet words! we still talk about superbowl '04 at your house with your homemade icing cake, or was it ice cream?…hmm. very funny to see everyone walking around with green teeth for most of the game! we miss you guys and hope everyone is well. hi to jason and the girlies. hope to see everyone soon!

  10. 10.) Amy
    February 11th, 2011

    Great craft, and what a beautiful face to show it off. We also miss you guys, and would love to see you if you come in for a visit. Big hugs to everyone! Amy (and jason)

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