Things You'll Need
- 9-by-12-inch piece of plastic foam, 3 inches thick
- 9-by-12-inch indoor-outdoor green carpet
- Glue gun
- 1 1/2 yards of 3-inch ribbon
- 1 3/4-inch-wide, 14-inch PVC pipe
- 2 3/4-inch-wide, 8 1/2-inch PVC pipe
- 2 3/4-inch-wide, 4-inch PVC pipe
- 1 "T" PVC joiner
- 2 elbow PVC joiners
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Utility knife
- White paint
- Small paintbrush
- Team pennant
- Plastic football players
- Small rubber football
- 2 small pompoms
Show your team spirit during football season by hosting a game party. Not everyone comes for the game, however. There are plenty of guests hoping to get a mouthful of tasty snacks and drinks. To complete your food table, score points by creating a football goal post centerpiece to have football -- and food -- fans coming back for more.
Plug in the glue gun. Wait 5 minutes until hot. Turn the green carpeting over and run the glue along the edges. Place the glue gun at the top right side and make a diagonal line downward. Repeat at the top left side. This makes an "X" in the middle.
Pick up the grass and line up the top corners with the plastic foam. Place the grass onto the plastic foam, making sure all of the corners line up. Press your hands along the sides and in the middle of the carpet to adhere it to the plastic foam.
Apply glue all the way around the plastic foam base. Place the ribbon at any corner and glide your fingers along the ribbon so that it covers the foam base completely. Cut off the excess ribbon.
Place a cotton ball over a bottle of nail polish remover, and tilt to saturate. Rub the PVC pipes with remover wherever you see markings.
Take a utility knife and figure out where you want the goal base. Cut a small hole in the carpet and remove the piece. It is all right if you cut into the plastic foam.
Push your 14-inch pipe into the hole far enough down so that it remains sturdy and straight. Place the "T" PVC joiner on this pipe so that it resembles a T-shape. Add a PVC joiner to the right. Repeat on the left. Connect the 4-inch pipe on the right. Repeat on the left. This makes the goal post.
Place a ruler 3 inches down on the field. Dip a thin paintbrush in white paint. Using the ruler as a guide, paint a horizontal line across the field to the other side. Move the ruler 3 inches down, dip the paintbrush in the paint and draw another line. Repeat at the next 3 inches, making sure to add more paint when necessary.
Position the final touches to the centerpiece. Place glue on the back of a pennant and stick onto one of the goal posts. Add glue to the bottom of the plastic football players and place them on the grass. Cut two openings using the utility knife where you want the pompoms to be placed. Stick the pompoms in at a slant, so each hangs off the sides of the base.
Use any abrasive cleaner instead of nail polish.
Children should not be around a hot glue gun. Be careful with your fingers while using the utility knife. If the goal posts are not secure, use a drop of glue to seal the connections.
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.