DIY Football Tailgate Ideas

Whether you love the game or just want to be part of the action, Jane’s make-it-yourself tailgate ideas will score big with your fans!

From football bowls to referee utensil holders and the gridiron to goal posts, your game day table DIY décor is covered this football season. Whether you want to watch the game or just plan the tailgate party, get in the action every Sunday with a football celebration and these fan friendly ideas for the BIG GAME!

Football Field table cover:

Make your tablecloth first to set the playing field. All you need it 2 yards of green utility fabric or felt. You’ll also need white 1/2″ or 1″ width athletic tape. Top tip, you can use hockey tape or even medical or craft tape. Make your grid lines first spacing them out equally and then tape around the border of the material to create sidelines.

Finally, to make the numbers cut out stencils using gold matte cardstock. That is a beautiful field for a winning season.

Referee Utensil Holders:

For your utensils, save those tin cans from the beans and tomatoes you used to make the chili. Simple wash them out and cover them with white paper. Glue on strips of black construction paper and you’ve got referee utensil holders. Or, using black and white striped fabric fold it to make a pocket, top stitch all the way around and you’ve got a utensil holder perfect for your knives, forks and spoons…and whistles.


Football Bowls:

This subject will never deflate so jump on the fun and use footballs as dip holders. Be sure to give them a good wash and empty the air and make them concave to create a bowl. Top tip, put a plastic bowls inside the hallowed out footballs so you don’t get that rubber taste mixed in with all your fresh dips. This idea is a victory for every football enthusiast…well except for maybe Patriot’s fans.

Goal Post Popcorn Holders:
This décor is for the playmakers of the group, simply add some goal posts to the ends of your table using yellow foam core board or regular cardboard wrapped in yellow tape. You can attached to a brown paper baggy to the base and fill the bag with popcorn or other snacks. They will sure see lots of touchdowns!

Football Snack Holders:
Sack the quarter back and give your guests something to cheer about with these snack holders. Cut football shapes from brown card stock, layer 2 football pieces on top of each other and punch holes along the bottom edge of the football. Lace them together with twine and leave an opening at the top. Fill these up with salty snacks and your guest won’t miss a play.

AstroTurf Koozies:
You will need to keep your beverages cool so make your own koozies from AstroTurf. You can use left over AstroTurf from another home improvement project or, top tip, ask the sales guy at the big box store, sometimes they have extra turf scraps laying around. Cut the turf to the height and circumference of the can using a blade or sharp scissors and then hot glue the ends together. This is a great way to keep your beverages cool and in the zone.

Flag on the Play Candy Bags:
There’s a flag on the play but these candy packs are not penalties they are full of sweet treats for your guests to grab and go! Just be sure to get good field position


Team Spirit Custom Napkins:

Easy to make, easy to clean, these 12″ x 12″ team fabric napkins add team spirit to your tables. Make 2 sets of napkins – one for each team – and let your guests pick the winner! Plus using cotton fabric to make these saves on waste because they are wash and reuse for the next game.


Super Dip Bowl Coozie

Make these easy to sew bowl coozies for all of your favorite Super Snack dips! For the how-to steps check out my tutorial here.

Fan Gear Fleece Sweatshirt

There are no limits when it comes to Fan Fare and fleece is not just for stadium blankets any more!  Take your fleece and turn it into your game day uniform! This is a really simple pattern that anyone can sew.

Now, Go Fight Win and enjoy the celebration dance!

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