Saturday, February 5, 2011

Steeler Crafts!

Pittsburgh's going to the Superbowl!!!

It's all kinds of crazy madness here in the 'Burgh since the Steelers are making their 8th trip to the Superbowl, going for win #7! In honor of the big game, we've had a few friends over to do some Steeler crafts. Feel free to change it up to match your favorite team. (But we don't want to hear about it!!)

Craft 1:
Football Guys

You will need:
(Makes 4 guys)
  • Two pieces of yellow construction paper, cut in half
  • Two pieces of black construction paper, cut into 4 large ovals
  • Eight pieces of each color, cut into long strips, folded accordion style
  • Four "squar(ish)" shapes for faces (we used white and brown)
  • Four pieces brown construction paper cut into football shapes
  • Four pieces white paper cut into about 1 inch circles
  • Glue stick
  • Glitter glue (We used red, blue and yellow~colors from the Steeler logo.)

How to:
Check out the pictures to assemble the players. (You can't see it in the photos, but the footballs can be placed in the player's hand.)Let your kids use their imaginations. I love that our friend Mallory placed her player's faces at the top of their helmets! Older kids could write their favorite player's number, but we just let the kids go crazy with the glitter glue. (One of Elliott's players has a big red blob on his head that looks like blood. I hope that isn't an omen!)

I'm not a huge fan of  "assembly" projects, but I wanted to try to keep our crafts a little simple. Not a ton of room for creativity here, but we were just going for fun. Both kids went crazy for the glitter glue. They only stopped after we went through 6 tubes of it. While we probably wouldn't do something like this again, the football guys are awful cute.

Elliott's Evaluation:
This is boring. The glitter glue is fun! It's really glitter!!

Mallory's Musings:
Glitter glue!! I like glue!


Craft 2:
Foam Fingers

You will need:
(Makes two foam fingers)
  • 6 pieces yellow craft foam, cut in half
  • Marker
  • Stapler
  • Stickers

How to:
  1. Have an adult make the "#1" sign with their hand and trace around it on the foam. You want it to be large, so it doesn't have to be exact. Cut 12 of the hand shapes out of the foam.
  2. Stack six of the hand shapes together and staple around all the edges of the foam EXCEPT the bottom, where the hand will slip in. Repeat with second stack.
  3. Decorate with stickers.
  4. Slip on hands and paint your chest in team colors!
Pretty lame. For the record, regular glue does not work on craft foam. The lady at JoAnn's told me it wouldn't, but after owning Elmer's glue, fabric glue, ModPodge, Craft glue, glow-in-the-dark glue, Super glue, felt glue, glue sticks and Gooey glue, I felt I had to put my foot down somewhere. Staples, on the other hand, work just fine. Neither kid wanted anything to do with their foam fingers.

Elliott's Evaluation:
I liked putting the stickers on.

Mallory's Musings:
It was good. I liked putting the stickers on.


Craft 3:
Steel City Hard Hats

You will need:
  • Plastic yellow construction hats (I found some at a party supply store for 70 cents each.)
  • Stickers

How to:
Uh, really? You need directions on this?

Very, very easy way to pass some time. Elliott and his friend Christian both enjoyed putting stickers on their hats.

Elliott's Evaluation:
I like putting stickers on it. (Starts to sing) "We're from the town with the great football team. bah bah bah bah We cheer the Pittsburgh Steelers. Winning's a habit, not only a dream. bah bah bah bah Go out and get them Steelers!"

Christian's Creed:
Tracy!! I'm still putting on stickers! I'm not finished yet!

Happy crafting and Go Steelers!


  1. Woo Hoo STEELERS!! Great crafts Tracy - I'll use them next year when the Steelers return to the Super Bowl and WIN! :)

  2. Mallory had a really fun time and we just today took our Steeler guys down from display! We tryed the foam fingers again and I hole punched the exterior and had the kids "sew" them together with yarn - great practice for motor skills and worked a little better than the glue. Can't wait to do this again next year when yes, again we return to the Super Bowl for a win! GO STEELERS!!

  3. WooHoo!! Here we are a year later and ready to cheer the same thing...GO STEELERS!!!

    My kids and I are from the area but we are now in NC ...but still rooting strong for our Steelers!!

    These crafts are so cute!!

    PS...My hubby is a JETS fan...lots of noise in our house sometimes! He's now on board and cheering for the Steelers since his team couldn't make it to the playoffs. ROFL!!