It's #GAMEDAY season y'all and because I am a southern girl living in a New Yorker's world, I set up a pre-game tailgate lunch the only way I know how... on my apartment terrace! I always incorporate flower arrangements into my tablescapes so when brainstorming this time around, I thought that it would be fun to use footballs as vases. Makes total sense, right?!
Before we get into the DIY, can we just stop for a moment and discuss how adorable these game day tabletop pieces are from Draper James?! My favorite is the "Cheers Y'all" pitcher and tumbler set which you can find here.
Ok, so now for the football flower arrangement DIY... The first thing to keep in mind is that your football will not be usable (at least as a football) after this project, so don't go all Sandlot and search through your boyfriend's trophy case for a signed Peyton Manning ball for this DIY. You can buy your own on Amazon here for under $15.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1. A football
2. Knife (serrated is best)
3. Sharp pin or tack (I used a large safety pink like this one)
4. Small vase, cup or in my case, a recycled Diptyque candle holder that measures approximately 3.5inches tall and 3 inches in diameter
4. Flowers in your team's colors (this setup was for Cowboys vs. Giants!)
Step 1: Place your football on a table with the laces facing forward.
Step 2: Cut the seams of one side of your football (about 3.5 - 4 inches across depending on the size of your glass), being very careful to only cut the seams and not into the rubber inside of the ball which holds the air. The seams will break very easily so you don't need to use a lot of force when cutting these.
Step 3: Open up the seams (they should pop open easily) to reveal the rubber center of the ball
Step 4: Using a sharp pin or tack, poke a hole in the rubber to let a controlled amount of air out of the ball. You can pull the pin to the side wile it is inside of the rubber to deflate the center of the ball quickly.
Step 5: Stop allowing air to escape by removing the pin or tack once the center of the football has enough room for placing your small vase or cup inside, but allows the football to be pressed flat on the bottom so it stands up. Then, fill the cup or vase with water and prepare to arrange your flowers inside (it is easier to arrange the flowers inside of the ball vs. trying to place a pre-made arrangement inside).
Step 6 : Arrange your flowers and set your table! Here, we used flowers such as blue delphinium , tweedia , white ranunculus and white freesia.