How to Make a Football Field Out of a Shoe Box

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Things You'll Need

  • Green markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • White paint
  • Small-tip paintbrush
  • Printer
  • Glue
  • Yellow pipe cleaners

An old shoe box can be a vehicle to launch dozens of craft activities. The standard rectangular shape of a shoe box, for example, can be used to make a replica of a football field. Once completed, the field can be used for action figures, a display, or for other activities such as flick football. Use simple materials commonly found around the house to create your gridiron on a box. Families can huddle up to make this an easy rainy-day project.

Flip the shoe box over. The larger top to the box will make the field sturdier as you work and for display later.

Color the flat surface area of the box completely green. Add green coloring to the sides of the box if you want to extend the colors.

Measure the length of the shoebox in inches. Divide that number by 12. Use the answer measurement to create 12 equally spaced sections with a ruler and pencil. For example, if the box is 10 inches long, you divide that by 12 and get a 0.83-inch measurement. So, this will create 12 sections of 0.83 inch each.

Use a pencil and ruler to draw yardage numbers up the field. Once you reach the 50 yard line, count down again from "40" to "10."

Paint the numbers and lines with white paint. Use small, smooth strokes so the paint applies straight and evenly. If the paint goes off the pattern, use a tissue to dab it away.

Go to and print out the logos of your favorite teams. Cut out the logos and tape the largest one in the center of the field. Use the other logos for the end zones and sides of the shoe box.

Stick the sharp end of a pencil into the center of an end zone. Pull the pencil out and feed a yellow pipe cleaner into the hole so it fits tightly and sticks up about 2 inches in the air.

Bend a yellow pipe cleaner into a "U" shape. Set the center bottom of the "U" on the yellow pipe cleaner that pokes out of the shoe box. Wrap the edge around the "U" until it is tightly secured. This will be the goal post. Repeat this on the other end zone of the shoe box.


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