As you know… football season is UPON us. I enjoy a good football game when the *cough* FOOD is right. And if the Chicago Bears are playing, I might even get into it! But you won’t ever see me jump off the couch or anything. I’m a passive football fan. But I will say I enjoy football a lot more now that I understand it (for the most part).
My main point here… is that I whipped up a little football themed project and thought it necessary to share!
My special middle-child-brother Caleb is obsessed with the Chicago Bears. I’ve never known a more hard-core fan EVER. He plans his life around football seasons, and completely decorates the tv room on game day with Bears memorabilia to the max. It’s frightening.
When he fell head-over-heels for a Green Bay Packer fan, we all thought he done lost his mind. But then we met Laura, and discovered how delightful she is, and it all made sense. (Ready? …collective ‘AWWWWW’)
We’ve all seen those signs that people put in their garden that say ‘house divided’…or bumper stickers or welcome mats or whathaveyou.source
But I wanted to take that idea and put my own spin on it! And in a way that it could be displayed indoors and appreciated for the entirety of the football season. Because I’m getting in the spirit of nachos football.
After hauling home some 1×4’s, I decided to start by cutting a bunch of 1×4’s into the shape of a bracket design (similar to this project) with the scroll saw.
Next is where things get FUN… I drew a jagged line diagonally across the boards.
Then I drilled tiny holes on the points so that I could easily cut the jagged line with a scroll saw (otherwise I would have had very rounded corners and it wouldn’t have looked BROKEN!). Then I went at it with my scroll saw! This is the scroll saw I use and it's A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. But if you're looking for a more mid-range (read: less expensive) then this one is also great quality and handles well! Whatever you do, don't buy a scroll saw in the $100-$200 range. You'll regret it for sure.
Next, Nick glued between each 1×4, and glued on a piece of 1/4” plywood that he had cut to size. Then, for extra stability (cause that thing ain’t going NOWHERE), he stapled for good measure.
Next step? SANDING all those delicate edges while watching Big Brother… can we talk about how Amanda is FINALLY going home (I hope?).
Then it was time to slap on some bears-blue and packers-green paint! Since I’m creating ‘faux’ aged barn-wood, I used my same techniques from here to create a weathered effect. It’s so simple! PAINT, SAND, STAIN!! I didn’t want a deep stain, because I was LOVING the bright woodgrain that was popping, so I went with a more neutral shade… Golden Oak by Rustoleum.
Next, I did an image search for Bears and Packers Logos and came up with the following.
Please note that it’s illegal to reproduce a team logo (or any other licensed design that doesn’t belong to you) and sell items for profit. Since I’m making this as a gift, it’s not an issue.
ANYWHO… I printed each logo onto a transparency and projected them onto each board individually and traced with a white colored pencil.
Then I got comfortable and started painting. I know this seems tedious to many… but it’s therapeutic for me. When my life feels chaotic, I need to find something to paint asap.
I just used simple acrylic craft paint for this. I did two coats on everything… except the orange (for some reason took several coats)… and called this project DONE!
Nick put some comb hooks on the back of each half, and we slapped those suckers on the wall for pics!
Laura’s Birthday is a couple weeks away, so I’m sure she’ll be overjoyed for at least HALF of her gift… (You’re WELCOME Laura!).
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