Are you hosting a football party to watch the Super Bowl this year? Or do you have a little football fan who wants a football-themed birthday party? If so, I have the perfect quick and easy craft for you: a DIY football field tablecloth! It’s so easy to make a green tablecloth look like a football field, and it’s the perfect festive backdrop for all of your party food and drinks!
(P.S. This post is part of my football party series, click here to see more football party ideas!)
DIY Football Field Tablecloth
- 10 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
- 2 minutes (time spent waiting around)
- 12 minutes (total project time)
- cutting machine such as a Cricut Explore Air, Silhouette Cameo, or Portrait (or scissors or an X-Acto knife if you have steady hands)
- numbers template (download the free template below!)
I created a free template for the football field tablecloth numbers; it contains all of the numbers 10 through 50 so you can make yard markings on your tablecloth! Get the Cricut version here, get the Silhouette Studio version here, or get the printable PDF here. (All downloads are for PERSONAL USE ONLY, please contact me if you wish to use this design for commercial purposes.)
Figure out how much green felt you need to cover your table. Don’t worry if it’s a little big, you can always wrap the excess around the edge of the table and secure it underneath. My table is 3’ x 4’, so I bought a yard and a half of green felt and laid it over the table. I wrapped the extra felt around the edges of the table and used a few pieces of duct tape to hold the felt tight against the underside of the table.
Decide how many yard markings you want on your table. I didn’t want to put the entire field on my tablecloth because I was worried the lines would be too close together, so I only did from the 30 yard mark to the 30 yard mark. But you can do the entire field if you want, or anywhere in between!
Cut a strip of duct tape long enough to go across the short length of your table, then split that strip of duct tape in half (hotdog style) so you end up with two long, skinny strips of duct tape. Find the middle of your table and stick one strip of duct tape down onto the felt exactly at the middle; this will be your 50 yard mark. Figure out how far apart you want your other yard markings to be, and stick the other strip of duct tape down accordingly. My yard markings were all about one foot apart. Keep cutting strips of duct tape in half to make two skinny strips, and attaching those strips to your green felt until all of your yard lines are marked.
Then use your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait, or your Cricut Explore Air to cut out the yard numbers. Just load white adhesive vinyl into your machine, set the cut settings to “adhesive vinyl”, and tell it to cut! If you don’t have a cutting machine you can download the free PDF above and cut the numbers out using scissors, then glue them to the felt with a glue stick.
Peel the numbers up and position them near the edge of the table, one number on either side of a yard line, and stick them down.
Repeat for all your yard lines, and you’re done!
Remember, football fields show yard lines on both sides of the field. You can cut out a second set of numbers to mark the back edge of the table as well, if you wish.
And that’s it, your DIY football field tablecloth is complete! All that’s left to do is set out food, drinks, and decor, and you’re ready for a football party!
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