Looking for quick and easy decorating ideas for your Game Day party? How about making this football table runner – it comes together in less than 30 minutes!


Although we aren’t huge football fans – i.e., none of our teams are in the game this year, we LOVE a party, and will look for any excuse to have one and Gameday shindigs are some of the best!  To get us into the festive mood, I came up with a DIY football table runner that will make our snacks look even yummier!


You will need:

  • Burlap in your desired length and width – mine is 82″ long x 18.5″ wide.
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Brown felt OR faux leather
  • White twine or yarn
  • A glue gun and glue


Begin by cutting the burlap into a rectangular shape the desired length of your table runner.

Football Table Runner - add ribbon

Next, glue your ribbon around the edge of the burlap and trim any outlying strings. I glued first the long sides, then the short sides, overlapping the corners and folding the edges over to create a clean edge.

Football table Runner - footballs


I made a template out of cardstock and drew them onto the back of my fabric.  You’ll need to cut out four footballs for either end of the table runner – eight in total. This is the same faux leather fabric I used to re-cover chairs from our Desperate Desk Area project. I try to reuse wherever possible!

For the football laces, I glued two small pieces of yarn in the middle. I think twine or a thin rope would have worked better, but I couldn’t find any.

Football Table Runner - yarn football threads
Finally, I glued four footballs on along the bottom of each end of the runner, then followed up with another row of ribbon on each of the short ends, encasing the footballs. The entire project took 15 minutes tops – including the time needed to heat up the glue gun.

Football Table Runner - styled
Now.. just to make the snacks! Hopefully, you’re much more organized for your party than I am. Either way, may your game day be merry, and may your team win!



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