Friday, October 29, 2010

colossal modge podge fail (aka the football toss)

Two of my dear friends coordinated our annual "Trunk-N-Treat" at church this year and they asked us (well, really they asked my husband) to make a Football Toss.

I was picturing something a few feet tall with a hole in the middle.  Right?

Then my husband comes up with this.

It is almost taller than the basketball goal :)
Seriously, it is 8 feet tall.  And has not one, but five football holes.
Once it was built, it was my turn ~ to paint it.  The green was obvious- green like a football field.  I added a brown trim all around the sides & a white stripe down the center.
Then it started to fall apart.

I had the brilliant idea to label the different holes as touchdown, field goals & extra points (touchdown being the smallest hole and extra point being the biggest hole).  So far so good.

So I cut the letters on my Cricut and modge-podged them on.  Super cute.

They looked like this at the beginning, which is what all of my modge-podge projects have looked like right at first.  But then they dry clear.

Then comes the problem... that night, we finally had real fall weather here in Atlanta and the temps dropped into the 50's.  I'm still not sure if that is why the modge-podge didn't dry properly.  But no matter the cause, it dried like you see above & below... white.

Not gonna work.  So I painted over my carefully cut & modge-podged letters.  Sad.

And I started over, but this time adhered the letters to some paper first, and attached the entire thing to the board.
Much better!  Here is the final product, pictures taken with my iphone.

And here are some better pictures...

 SLPC Field... for St. Luke's Presbyterian Church Field :)

In the picture below, you can see the rest of the original word 'touchdown' where I painted over it!

 With all the bracing on the back of it, this piece is not going anywhere.  "Over-Engineered" is what my engineer husband calls it.
Here are some of the fun decorations that all the kids had to look forward to.  We missed it, since my 6 year old was still sick & my husband was stuck in Orlando waiting on a delayed... delayed again... and then cancelled flight.  (Oh, and then the new flight was delayed, too!)

 Here is the haunted maze/tunnel for the little guys.  I took my own little guy up there that afternoon before anyone got there to try it out :)  It was a series of cardboard boxes linked up together with bubble wrap to crawl on, spiderwebs & lights strung throughout & the whole thing was covered with black felt so that it would stay good & dark inside.

 CA, K & L... you did a fabulous job with everything!
Happy Halloween everyone!

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  1. I live in ATL too - and I LOVE Mod Podge! So sorry your letters didn't dry, but it looks like you worked that out. Cool project!!!

  2. LOL - leave it to a Tech grad to over-engineer! Nice work, Chipman clan!

  3. I love this project and I'm bookmarking it for a birthday party game for my grandson when he's a little older! Great job!

  4. Can u tell me the demensions of the holes u cut?

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