I am a Phlebotomist at a Doctor’s office. I have my own lab, that is off in the corner by myself. It is a little sad and lonely back there sometimes so I like to decorate it. Keep it lively and stuff you know? Anyways. Last year I got my undies all excited about fall, so I put fall decor up in the beginning of September. This year I decided that since our Summer was pretty much Autumn I shouldn’t be doing that so quickly.
So what to do instead??
UH DUH! FOOTBALL!
To Pinterest I went to find my foozeball board. And came back with… well nothing. Apparently I have only pinned pictures of football shaped food and funny Packers stuff. So to the search I went!! I use pinterest for inspiration. I basically do not ever follow the links. I am there strictly for the pictures. Terrible I know. I will follow through on some things, but I am a pin now read later!
Since I like to give credit where credit is due, this is my inspiration.
What you will need:
- Green… felt, rug, fake grass, something
- Brown felt (or leather if you wanted it to be more authentic)
- Some sort of ribbon or rope or what have you to string the things to
- White ribbon or laces… I am starting to inspire myself to make a more realistic one…
- Hot glue
- desire to have fun!!!! (ohmygoodnessiamsototallykiddingrightnow)
I got this here classic mat at the Dollar Tree. It was in a weird aisle. Like the bathroom one or something like that.
Mindi, you ask, why do you need a pattern for a triangle? Because friend my body does NOT understand straight lines. just trust me. Isosceles if you were wondering.
So cut them shits out of the mat like so. Yes I am using my fabric scissors. But the handle was chewed by someone who will remain nameless (
Digby) So I need a new pair anyway. There was no way paper scissors were cutting through this bitch.
Also sorry for the blurry pictures…. Apparently my phone screen and camera aren’t feeling each other.
Guess who is new to taking pictures and explaining steps? yup. Basically what I did here was place the triangles down and use the football template as a spacer. I got super lucky with my ribbon having dots so no measuring was needed. If equal space is something that is important to you get out your handy dandy measuring tape and have a great time doing math.
Here is a football template on a brown piece of felt. I did not trace it. I taped and cut. I also got bored of doing one at a time, so I folded the felt in half and did two at a time. I actually could probably fit three on there now that I look at it.
I chose to go with the one on the right for a few different reasons.
- I’m lazy
- I do not have a lighter at work to burn the ribbon ends
- I am too damn picky to be making the cute ones on the left seven times
- I am a lazy fucking beast.
Hello my crafting love of my life. And here is miss a step picture. Basically I took that there glue there and put an ass ton of it on the ribbon (I have a glue problem that I am currently in the process of admitting) I totally eyeballed each and every one. Then i flipped them over and trimmed the ribbon so there was none showing. I should mention that I had to clean up the edges of the footballs. If you are a cleaner person than I, you can skip that step.
This is my best friend sometimes. I used to think I was a low temp. Nope. Even though I have burnt my fingers at least 75 times in the 3 times I have used my high temp glue gun, I like that it doesn’t leave little stringy friends (that is a hair in the picture. yeah. gross.)
I took the staples out of the triangles and then glued those to the ribbon. Then went the footballs. Eventually I am going to have to put popsicle sticks or starch on the footballs so they don’t slump. I just thought this was so cute and needed to get it up.
So there you have it. My first step by step. Total cost of this project was like 2 dollars since I used half of everything. It was easy peasy to make. It is something that can be used again and again. I did not realize how many I had, and then I counted 7 of each. So I coooouuullllddd put P A C K E R S on it! I think for now, I am going to leave it as is.