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The Big Game is just around the corner, are you excited?? This is the perfect time to prepare for the party you may host for the game. A unique and fun way to celebrate is to build a Snack Stadium for your friends and family. You can do this with some fun items around the house AND some awesome snacks, of course. I’m excited to share the fun Snack Stadium that we built and show you how you can have your own!
STEP 1: Have a Plan!
Before starting construction, you must have a plan in place. We drew it out on paper and then headed to our local Walmart to purchase the supplies and snacks needed for this project. Having a plan will help you prepare your materials and know how many snack items you need to buy to fill your Snack Stadium.
STEP 2: Purchase Ingredients (i.e. snacks)
Walmart has all the ingredients you need to build your stadium – we found a cool display right near the registers with the candy items! Then we just headed around the grocery side of the store to grab the TOSTITOS® Chips, TOSTITOS® Salsa and Pepsi™ products!
Here are the are the additional materials required to build this snack stadium. Most of these items you may already have at home!
- 3 – 2x4x8ft pieces of wood
- (4) 34 inch lengths
- (4) 5 inch lengths
- (4) 10 inch lengths
- 1 – 30×48 inch piece of plywood
- 1 – 1×8 inch piece of wood
- (2) 16 inch lengths
- Assorted Cardboard
- Spray Paint (Your Choice of Colors)
- Masking or Duct Tape
- Piece of green fabric
- Tape Measure
- Saw (We used a compound miter saw)
- 2 ½ inch screws
- 1 ½ inch screws
- Finishing Nails
- Staple Gun
- Black Paint
- White Marker
STEP 3: Start Construction
We started with a flat surface and cardboard – that was simple! To get the little containers, we simply cut the cardboard into little bins and then taped it together to hold it steady! Then, we just spray painted the little boxes to make them look pretty. We attached this all together with some handy staples. Of course, we added some green in the bottom (a tablecloth) and then pieced together some pretzel rods for the goals. Before we filled the bottom row of cardboard pieces we lined it with a couple of layers of aluminum foil.
Here are Step-by-Step Instructions:
- Measure 2×4 wood pieces and cut to size using saw (we just used extra wood pieces lying around the shed from other projects).
- Create Stadium stand braces by aligning the 2×4 pieces together. Holding one 34 inch piece, use the drill and 2 ½ inch screws to attach the 5 inch pieces at either end to create a U shaped stand. Repeat this to create a second 5 inch stand. Complete this process to also create the 10 inch stands.
- Attach the stand braces to the plywood. Place one 5 inch stand and one 10 inch stand on either long side (48 inch length side) of the plywood and place them on the end. Using 1 ½ inch nails, screw the braces into the plywood and into each other for support.
- Use saw to cut 1×8 Pieces of wood to 16 inch length. Using remaining 1×8 scrap, cut (2) 7 inch pieces of wood at a 45 degree angle to create a triangle shaped piece of wood.
- Attach 45 degree angle triangle to back of 16 inch piece using finishing nails to create end zone stands.
- Attach end zone stand to stand braces at either end of the field using 1 ½ inch screws. This will create a square middle section that is encased by stands.
- Attach Green Fabric to plywood in between the stand braces and end zone stands with a staple gun.
- Build cardboard stands. This will take a sizable amount of cardboard. Being a blogger, we had plenty of cardboard boxes lying around from packages, but you can use all types of cardboard. Cut the following quantities and sizes of cardboard:
- (16) 5 ½ inch x 8 ½ inch pieces
- (16) 3 ½ inch x 8 ½ inch pieces
- (16) 5 ½ x 3 ½ x 2 inch pieces
- (16) 5 ½ x 3 ½ x 4 inch pieces
- (8) 2 inch x 8 ½ inch pieces
- (8) 4 inch x 8 ½ inch pieces
- Use tape to attach the sides together to create open top box stands.
- Build end zone stands. Cut the following pieces of cardboard.
- (2) 16 inch x 8 inch pieces
- (2) 16 inch x 5 inch pieces
- (4) 8 inch x 5 inch x 7 inch pieces (This one you might have to adjust based on the accuracy of your 45 degree angle). Repeat this cut if you want dividers in the end zone stands.
- Tape pieces together to create V-shaped boxes. Insert any dividers if needed.
- Spray paint all stadium boxes to colors of your choosing. We used Red, White, Blue, and Black spray paint. Also paint the exposed plywood black (to make it look like a parking lot).
- Attach colored boxes to stand braces using the staple gun.
- Draw lines on football field using marker. Draw lines on extra black plywood surface to create parking lot lines.
- Attach cardboard to the back of the stadium stands. It will be 34 inches x 12 inches (we painted ours black, but you can paint it another color).
- Place painted cardboard on any other exposed wood pieces to cover up unfinished look.
- Create Field Goals (we used pretzel rods and duct tape).
STEP 4: Fill the Stadium
Here is where the fun begins! We chose where we wanted each fun snacks to go. We used Pepsi™ to line the field and created a tunnel for each team to enter through. Then, we added TOSTITOS® chips in the top line of containers, and TOSTITOS® Medium Chunky Salsa in the bottom containers. Then, in the end zone part we added SNICKERS® and Skittles® – yum! You can fill the stadium however you’d like!!
STEP 5: Enjoy!
We shared this snack stadium with our church’s youth group – they are excited to celebrate the Big Game and I think even more excited for the snacks. When we set it up they were super excited to dig in, but I snapped some fun pictures before that began – check it out.