I’ve mentioned before that Super Bowl is kind of a big deal for our family. Although my husband and I are not big sports fans, my father-in-law had a deep love of football. I often joke that getting together for Christmas was optional for him, but Super Bowl was mandatory. It brought him great joy to throw a viewing party with all kinds of food for family and friends. My step-dad loved the game too and so as the big day approaches, we can’t help but think of both of them.
Since this is our first Super Bowl in our new home, I thought it would be fun to throw a party of our own to mark the occasion. We are sending out invites and planning food… and of course it’s got me thinking about décor.
What could be a fun way to add a little football to our home?
A DIY Scoreboard!
How to Make a Simple Game Day Scoreboard
Supplies for Football Scoreboard
- Chalkboard Paper (similar)
- Chalk Pencil (similar)
- Ruler and/or T-square (similar)
- Dry paint brush or drafting brush (similar)
Draw a Football Scoreboard
Roll out your chalkboard paper and divide it into three areas. One for a header, a second to keep track of the team scores, and a third area to track quarters, downs, and yards to go.
Tip: You can use the edge of the table you are working on as a guide to getting even and straight lines. Make sure that your paper is taped to the edge of the table and then use the edge of your ruler or T-square flush against the paper to guide you.
Add Lettering to Football Scoreboard
This is most likely going to be temporary party décor, so don’t over think the lettering. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Lightly sketch your letters onto the paper and then go back over with darker lines and serifs.
This allows you to adjust the design and line weight as needed.
Work From the Center of the Scoreboard Out
Find the center of your lettering area and begin drawing your middle letter, building out from there.
Brush Away Chalk Dust from the Scoreboard
Use a dry paint brush or drafting brush to sweep away any chalk dust as you go.
Keeping Score on the Football Scoreboard
I used a chalk pencil to draw in the lettering, however, you could also consider using a chalk pen. However, if you are planning on actually using this to keep score during the game, you’ll want to use traditional chalk that can be wiped away and changed throughout the game.
Although we are using this football scoreboard for Super Bowl, I think you could also use the same format and make mini versions for your younger guests to help them stay engaged with what’s happening during the game.
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year? What kind of football décor are you considering for the big game?
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