DIY Football Decorations – Yard Marker Serving Tray (Free Printable)

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DIY Football Decorations Yard Marker

DIY Football Decorations Yard Marker

Learn how to make fun and festive DIY Football Decorations like this cheap and easy Yard Marker serving tray. It is created from a shoebox lid and cardboard along with inexpensive paint and cardstock. This yard marker decoration is so unique and would make a great addition to football or Super Bowl party decorations.

One of my signature design styles is DIY-themed serving platters for my parties. I love coming up with new and unexpected ideas to match each event. Displaying food in a decorative way makes a great conversation piece and also adds to the overall tone of the party. This yard marker decoration would also look amazing filled with football party favors.

Here is another version of my DIY Football Decorations. Create DIY NFL Uprights decoration tray made from paper towel rolls. It would look great next to the Yard Marker serving tray.

Here a step-by-step video on how to make the DIY NFL Uprights Decoration.

NFL Uprights Decoration made from paper towel rolls

After my Ravens party TV segment, I had requests for a tutorial on how to make my yard marker DIY football decoration. Here are the step-by-step instructions. I have also included free printable patterns so you can recreate this fun and festive football serving dish. It is very cheap to create because it uses mostly household items and inexpensive things from the craft store.

Have fun and enjoy the playoffs and Super Bowl!

Click the Each of the Patterns to Print

DIY Yard Marker Printable Pattern 1

DIY Yard Marker Printable Pattern 2







  • Shoebox Lid
  • Sturdy Cardboard or Foam Core
  • Wood Skewer
  • Green Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Bright Orange Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Black Card Stock
  • Black Ribbon
  • Yellow Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Craft Glue
  • Green Napkins (For Serving)

How to Make DIY Football Decorations – Yard Marker Serving Tray

DIY Football Decorations Yard Marker Tray

Step 1 – Paint the entire shoe box lid with green paint. Let dry. Glue the yellow ribbon down the center with craft glue to create the first down line marker.

Yard Marker pieces

Step 2 – Cut out the pieces of the yard marker from the printable pattern provided.

Step 3 – Use craft glue to attach orange card stock to cover the entire circle and triangular shape on both the front and back sides.

Step 4 – Cut out the pieces of the white and black cardstock and attach them to front side of the yard marker with craft glue in the configuration as shown above.

Yard Marker back

Step 5 –  Using the hot glue gun, attach the wooden skewer to the back triangle and circle pieces to connect them together.

Step 6 – Glue the black ribbon to the sides of the marker as shown to give it that authentic NFL detail.

Yard Marker Decoration filled with football snacks

DIY Football Decorations Yard Marker Tray

Step 7 – Using the hot glue gun, attach the bottom part of the yard marker to the inside rim of the shoe box lid, making it flush with the bottom of the box for stability. I used a lot of glue to make sure the piece did not bend or snap off.

Step 8 – Arrange green napkins down on the inside of the box before placing the food inside of the tray to make it food safe and for easy cleanup. Who doesn’t love easy cleanup after a party!

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