Whether for Halloween, a pickup game in the yard or a really big rivalry game featuring your favourite team, making your own football uniform at home is a must for any young football player or fan. The process is easy and fun, and the uniform can be made from many items already found around the home. There is no better way to show team spirit, and the kids always get a kick out of making their uniforms themselves.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- White, plastic football helmet
- Paint (for plastic, fabrics)
- Mouth guard
- Black face paint
- Store-bought game jersey, or T-shirt
- Hand towels
- Medical tape
- Trousers (football trousers, leggings or sweatpants)
- Long white tube socks
- Athletic cleats, or sneakers
Paint a generic, plastic football helmet with your team's colours. (If you have team logo stickers, you can use those as well). Attach the mouth guard to the face mask.
Use a game jersey for your uniform. Paint an appropriately coloured T-shirt if a game jersey is not an option. Paint your favourite number, and your last name, on the back of the jersey. The jersey should be fairly tight-fitting.
Place two small hand towels, folded carefully, on the top of your shoulders. Run a strip of medical tape around the towel and under your arm pit to keep the "shoulder pads" in place. Put your jersey on over the shoulder pads.
Design your football trousers. If you do not already have lace-up football trousers, leggings or sweat pants will work fine. Paint any appropriate stripes or colours onto your trousers. If the trousers are long, be sure to tuck them into your socks, so they appear knee-length. Trousers should be fairly tight-fitting.
Cut out two cardboard rectangles for thigh pads, and two smaller squares for knee pads. Tape these around your legs in the appropriate places, or attach them to the inside of your football trousers.
Put on a pair of long, white tube socks. If necessary, paint stripes on the socks. Wearing a pair of athletic cleats or sneakers will finish off the uniform.
Tips and warnings
- Placing a strip of black face paint beneath each eye will give you an authentic look. Use white medical tape for fingers, wrists, or forearms to simulate injuries. Carrying around a football will complete the uniform, and leave no doubt as to what you are trying to achieve.