How to make family friendly football fun

I made a football table this week. I’m not a fan of football, mostly I think they’re over paid actors on the verge of temper tantrums. That’s just my opinion though and is not a popular one.

James on the other hand is a huge football fan, with members of his family in previous generations playing for big teams.

So, this make was for him.

I haven’t really got much else to say about it over than that. I know next to nothing about football only the names of some of the teams and the odd player here of there, personally I’m more of a rugby girl and find the games more exciting to watch.

Nevertheless, James requested a game for himself and Rowan to play together and I know he really wants a real football table one day, when we have space.

Overall It is a fun make, can be a little complicated at times but mostly it’s straight forward. I have to say making the players was fun, especially if you’re like me and give them different facial expressions!

Let’s make it!

You will need:

  • A box that is pitch shaped (fortunately for me my day job gives me no end of access to boxes- but if you ask supermarkets or shoe shops, they are pretty good and tend to give you want you need.
  • Green Felt (optional)
  • Garden canes x4
  • Paint
  • paintbrush
  • Felt tip pens or sharpies
  • Wooden clothes pegs (approximately 10, depends on the size of your box)
  • Glue
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Print outs of you team’s logos (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A ping pong ball or small ball
  • Rubber bands
  • Decorative tape (washi tape)

The pitch

To make our glorious playing ground or if you will stadium you will need your box and these simple instructions!

1. Take your box and build it if its flattened. TIP If you can glue the bottom flaps and try and avoid sticky tape.

2. Using your scissors, cut off the box flaps and put to one side you will need these shortly.

3. Paint the outside of your box! You can do this I any colour you want. The brighter the better! I choose black as it reminds of the dark wood of a real football table. I could’ve used brown, but I did not think of this at the time!

 Once finished set aside to dry.

4. Bringing back the two longer lengths of your box flaps, lay them out

Line up the edges and tape to secure them together

5. Cover this is in green felt gluing the top with PVA and securing the edges underneath with either PVA or hot glue. TIP if you don’t have green felt you can paint it, ad it doesn’t have to be green! Play about with colour combinations, it doesn’t have to be exact.

6. Using white paint, draw pitch lines onto the felt, you don’t have to do this if you like it the way it is. Leave to dry.

7. Once dry this should now fit securely in the base of your box, Hot glue to secure if required.

The players

Let’s design our team!

8. Take the cloths pegs and divide them so there are 5 players on each team, 3 players, a goalkeeper and a spare (just in case)

9. Next decide what colours you want to make your teams, As James is a huge Arsenal fan, we went for red and white with a green goalkeeper. Rowan like Tottenham, so white kits and again a green goalkeeper (I used a different shade of green for this so you can tell which way you’re supposed to be going.)

10. Use either sharpies, felt tips or paint to decorate your players, I used both sharpies and paint (as I didn’t have a white sharpie) Sharpies are great for this kind of projects! I wouldn’t be without them!

The set up!

Now let’s assemble this thing!

11. Bringing back your pitch and turing it to the side, measure and mark out the position of the canes. There are two canes for each team. Take in regard the size of your players themselves and how far they can kick and reach. NOTE I cannot give exact measurements as it varies box to box.

Do the same on the other side, making sure your can will sit straight.

12. Once happy, make large holes and thread the cane. TIP wiggle the cane about to loosen the holes, this will make handling easier.

13. Add your players in a similar style to mine. Then should slot snugly on the garden cane, if lose, glue the players into position and leave to dry.

14. Add Handles, I used washi tape to of the teams to tell them apart.

15. Add rubber bands to the other ends of the canes to stop them falling out mid match!


16. If you’re feeling extra crafty, find some pictures of fans and glue them in the stands! You could draw these or glue some photos of you and your family watching the match unfold.

17. If you have based your players on real teams, print off and decorate your stadium in you teams’ colours and logos!

Get Crafty!

If you’re not into football teams, you could get crafty and create you own! Here’s some examples!

  • Space men vs. Aliens
  • Cats vs dogs
  • Monsters
  • Animals
  • Superhero’s Vs Supervillains
  • Disney Hero’s and villains
  • Video game characters (Sonic, Mario, Animal crossing, Kingdom hears a few of my favourite)
  • Garden gnomes
  • Mythological creatures
  • Harry Potter houses
  • glue family members faces on the pegs!

There are so many ideas waiting to be discovered!

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