Good morning! Today I have a quick and easy craft just in time for the start of Football season! The Packers season opener is just a couple weeks away and I am pretty pumped for this season. I love baseball, but by the time August comes around (sometimes by July), I’m pretty ready for football to start. Watching the game on Sundays has always been a part of my life since I was little and I’ve always enjoyed it. Pre-kids it usually meant a nice relaxing day. Either hand sewing on the couch while watching the games or heading to a local bar for cheese curds and beer, I’ve always looked forward to football Sundays. Now, with two little ones, it’s trickier to actually watch the entire game, but it’s a fun family activity we all do together. Plus, I love watching Bugaboo as he cheers and yells touchdown randomly throughout the game.
If you like football yourself, or know someone who does, these cute little football treat boxes make a great gift. Fill them with chocolate, popcorn, candy, or any other fun snack and you have a perfect game-time treat! Both my husband and I are in Fantasy leagues. While I am in just one, he does several and I thought wouldn’t these be fun for a drafting party! I have to laugh a bit to myself since I can’t really imagine my husband giving these out to the guys in his leagues. I think I could give them out, though, and just may do it! The league I am in is all family and friends and I know they’d love football-shaped treats!
The Football Treat Boxes are quick and simple to make; just follow the tutorial below. And if you are a football fan, I wish your team the best! Have a great season!
Supplies Needed for Football Treat Box
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- Paper mache oval box (I got mine at Joann Fabric’s for $1)
- Green paint
- Brown paint
- White label stickers (I used Avery 1″x3″ Multi Use Labels)
- Mod Podge (not pictured)
- Scissors, paint brushes, ruler, pencil
Step One: Paint the paper mache oval box. Paint the lid brown and the bottom green. I did two coats of each color. You can see below, in the second picture, the left box has two coats of green paint and the coverage is much better than just one coat of paint.
Step Two: Apply the white stickers to the top of the box. To make the top of the lid look like a football, I applied 5 white stickers, one long one and four short ones. I used the 1″ x 3″ white sticker labels for this. The long strip was made by cutting one of the label stickers into .25″ wide strips, so the long strip was 3″ x .25″. The small strips were made by cutting one label sticker horizontally so they were 1″ by .25″.
Step Three: Apply the white stickers to the bottom of the box. For the bottom of the box, create the football field by cutting thin strips from the white label stickers. Mine were less than 1/8″ thick. I kept some the full height of the label sticker, 1″, and the the rest I cut in half so they were each .5″ tall. I kept the stickers on the sheet of paper they came on and cut them using my paper cutter. For the shorter ones, I peeled the label stickers up, cut them in half lengthwise, and then laid them back down to cut with my paper cutter.
To figure out the placement of the lines, I wrapped a sheet of paper around the box and marked the circumference. I then figured out where to place the long and short strips of the sticker and marked them on the sheet of paper. The circumference of the oval box was just under 13″. I made every line .25″ apart and each tall line is 3/4″ apart. So it goes one tall line, two small lines, one tall line, two small lines, and so on. Using the paper as a guide makes things really easy and you can slide the paper guide off and continue to re-use it. Once I had the lines marked with pencil on the box, I placed the stickers. I started by doing all of the tall lines, then went back and filled in with the short ones.
You may notice some of the stickers want to peel up as you are laying them down. In the next step you will be using Mod-Podge to keep them in place!
Step Four: Give the box a coating of Mod Podge. This will keep all of your stickers in place and keep them from falling off or shifting. Before you apply the Mod Podge, press all the stickers down really well. I applied the Mod Podge in vertical brush strokes on the bottom of the box to keep my brush from moving the stickers. The Mod Podge works really well to keep things in place and it gives the box a nice finished look.
Step Five: Fill boxes with yummy treats! The best part! I filled mine with malted milk chocolate balls. I first put tissue paper in the boxes, I went with green and gold since we are Packers fans! You could use tissue paper in your team’s colors! Once your Football Treat Box is full, you are all finished! Happy Football Season!
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