For years my husband tried to get my son into football, telling him war stories and explaining how football builds leadership, team spirit, and personal stamina. My son, however, never cared much for football. His heroes were of the intellectual kind—Albert Einstein, for one. But then something happened when he entered high school, he found football intriguing. Intriguing enough to sign up for the team.
And it was then that I got a glimpse into the world of football. It was then that I began to understand what football was really about—how it wasn’t just about a bunch of jocks out to get the girl or trying to prove how macho they were. It was about learning to believe in yourself, learning to push past your comfort zone, learning to be the best “you”, you can be, and learning to working towards a common goal. And it was about the love of the game.
As mothers, we don’t always get why boys like football. And that’s okay. We don’t necessarily have to get it, but we can show our boys—whether they’re ten years old, or fifty—our own team spirit by hosting Super Bowl parties, sitting through a game every now and then, and creating fun team spirit projects like this Football Frame.
- 1- 5×7 Paper Mache Rectangular Frame (Item 1166-57B)
- 1 – Set of Acrylic Paints by Studio 71: Titanium white, Mars Black, Ultramarine Blue, Primary Blue (24 Piece Paint Set Item 97848)
- 1- 3″ Wood Football Helmet (Item 9144-22)
- Scrap paper
1 – Star Paper Punch (optional)
1 – 8×8 Non-stick Glue Pad by Darice (Item 1157-84)
1 – 6″ Glue Gun by Darice (Item 10759)
1 – Glue Gun Stick (Item 1116-03)
1 – Sponge Brush (Multi-purpose Value Pack Item SB9562)
1 - Thin tipped paint brush (Multi-purpose Value Pack Item SB9562)
1 – Small, square tipped paint brush (Multi-purpose Value Pack Item SB9562)
- Remove the plastic cover from the frame.
- Use a square sponge brush to paint frame white and let dry.
- While the frame is drying, mix black and white paint together with an old spoon to make grey paint.
- Use a small paint brush to paint the entire surface (top, bottom, and sides) of the wooden helmet grey and let dry.
- While the helmet is drying, mix the two blues together to form a darker blue and paint over the white, on the frame and let dry.
- While the frame is drying, and the blue paint is still fresh, paint a blue star on the helmet and let dry.
- Paint another coat of blue on the frame and let dry. It’s important to remember not to paint the slot, for the picture, shut. If the paint should stick, use a butter-knife to gently reopen the slot.
- Grab the helmet. Use a small, thin tipped brush to paint a thin white strip of paint on the inner edge of the star and let dry.
- Use the star hole punch to create four star templates.
- Place one of the star templates on the surface of the frame. Do not tape it down because you’ll need to immediately.
- Use a round sponge to paint the opening of the stencil. Be very careful not to move the stencil.
- Gently lift the stencil to reveal the design and let dry.
- While both the helmet and the frame are drying, heat the glue gun. (Approx. five minutes.)
- Dab a small amount of glue in the lower, left corner of the frame.
- Stand the frame up, then place the helmet on top of the hot glue. Hold firmly into place for about one minute.
Congratulations! You’ve just created a Dallas Cowboy picture frame for a little boy’s room.