Monday, October 17, 2011

DIY Football Burlap Sign

One of the most important things you should know about me is that I am a DIE HARD Auburn fan. I love everything about that University and I received my Marketing degree from there, so I'm pretty partial. WDE!

My mom took notice to these cute burlap football signs that were starting to pop up all over town. Here is an example of one that is on sale at for $39.95. Well, we decided to get crafty and make one on our own! We think they turned out pretty cute and look great on front doors or back porches for football decoration. Don't worry, I will give you the run down on how to make them. Here are the supplies you will need:

1) Dark Brown burlap and scissors (and an artists hand and by artist I mean someone who can draw a half moon) to draw the shape of a football. You will need two footballs... One for the front decoration and one for the back when you glue them together!
TIPS AND TRICKS #2: Fold the burlap in half and draw half a football so your football will be symmetrical. If you are anything like me, you demand perfection and symmetry is a MUST! I got Brooklynn to model for me while I took pics. (For TIPS AND TRICKS #1 click here)
2) Puff Paint. You can use any color you wish, for any team or for any sport! They make cute gifts too! You can purchase these at Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart.
3) Ribbon, hanging wire and tulle in the colors of your choice. 
Next I started out by writing War Eagle, just as I normally would, then made the letters thicker by continually going over my original writing. Puff paint is very flexible plus it adds texture to the sign, which is absolutely precious! I then took white puff paint and added some polka dots on top of the orange.
Then make the sides white, to replicate a football, and add the laces at the top. TIPS AND TRICKS #3: Instead of globbing up the puff paint, get your hands in there and rub in the paint to make it look a little smoother. 
Add some polka dots to the sides. Plain white wouldn't cut it for cuteness now would it?!?! :) I also outlined my orange War Eagle and the outside of the football with navy to give it a little extra pop.
After you have finished with the puff paint, let it dry. I let mine dry over night just to be sure. Once it has dried, get the other side of the football,*remember, you cut out two, get your hot glue gun heated up and start stuffing the football with polly fill. This can be found at Wal-Mart as well. Start gluing from the bottom and work your way up. After you are done gluing your football together, have fun making a super cute bow to go with it! I used tulle (because I'm pretty obsessed with it) and regular ribbon mixed together. Once you add the ribbon, get wire and clasp it to both sides to hold it together for support when hanging! And voila... you are done! This sign was made for less than $20!
Let me know if you have any questions and I will try and help you! Get ready for my next post! I am SO EXCITED about it... It will be a DIY on how my brother and I turned an antique door in to my new headboard!



  1. So cute. I have been seeing these all over, too! And I can't wait to see the headboard and how you did it!

  2. Great tutorial! New follower via thefrenchflea. :)