39 Clever Tailgating DIYs To Get You In The Spirit

It’s mostly about the food and the football. But it’s also about displaying your team colors in the most creative way possible.

1. Use magnets to attach beer cozies to the side of your car.

(These are actually purchasable but you could easily make them yourself.)

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2. Paint your cooler with your team colors.

Requires some sanding to get a professional finish. Get the directions here.

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3. Use eraseable chalk ink markers to decorate your car.


The colors are vibrant, and they’re both easy to use and wash off.

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4. Make an easy pennant necklace in your team’s colors.

Directions here.

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5. Turn a water bottle into a spirited shaker.

Get the DIY here.

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6. Wear your stripes on your eyes.

This is the clever way to wear facepaint.

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7. Keep your drinks cold with astro turf cozies.

Get the DIY here.

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8. Keep ‘em entertained with this custom beer pong table.

Get the directions here.

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9. Touchdown guacamole dip is a simple way to incorporate football into your party food.

Layer guacamole in a baking dish, add stripes of sour cream and grape tomatoes.

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10. Tulle pom poms make a super easy team garland.

Find out how to make them here.

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11. Make an astroturf football field table cover for a homegating party.

DIY here.

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12. Turn a mason jar into a football silverware holder.

Directions here.

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13. Entertain everyone with this ring toss game.

Way less effort than building your own cornhole toss.

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14. How adorable are these pennant cupcake toppers?

Learn to make them here.

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15. Add some spirit to your boring utensils by painting them with stripes.

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16. Serve jello shots in your team colors.

Use takeout sauce containers for portability.

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17. Keep your fingers warm with spirit gloves.

Great for kids who want to get in on the celebration. Directions here.

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18. Make your own temporary face tattoos.

More smudge-proof than face paint. These are store-bought, but you could print out your own on temporary tattoo inkjet paper.

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19. Invite people to your tailgate party the easy way with this free, downloadable invite.

Download it here.

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20. If you’ve got the sewing skills, make this mobile kitchen pantry, which will come in handy for future camping trips and picnics.

Learn how to make this awesome DIY project here.

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21. Wear your team support on your feet with these cap-toe flats.

Get the directions here.

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22. A painted planter makes an easy snack dish.

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23. Make your own drink labels.

Get the free printable here.

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Here’s another adorable drink tag printable.

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24. These awesome pennant cookies are decorations unto themselves.

Get the directions and recipe here.

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25. Fill up a bucket with frozen water balloons in your team’s colors to keep drinks cold.

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26. Decorate with football windsocks made from painted tin cans.

Get the directions here.

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27. Repurpose a 6-pack holder to become a handy condiment organizer.

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28. It’s in the little things: use baker’s twine and paper-wrapped straws in team colors.

Oh, and yes, those are pumpkin rice krispie treats btw, and you can get the recipe here.

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Wrap your sandwiches with colored napkins and twine.

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29. (Clean) athletic socks make great makeshift beer cozies.

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30. If you’ve got the time, bake your team colors RIGHT INTO THE CAKE.


Get the directions for how to bake zebra (or tiger) stripes into a cake here.

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Of course, the two-color scheme works great for more portable cupcakes, as well.

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31. Paint clothespins to look like footballs for your food labels.

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32. Commemorate your school with yarn-wrapped letters.

Directions here.

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33. Stay classy with spray-painted wine bottles.

These are especially perfect if a) you are throwing a classy tailgating party and b) your team colors happen to be black and gold.

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34. Wrap your juice boxes in kraft paper and use a white marker to turn them into footballs.

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35. You can always reuse this astroturf pennant for your Super Bowl party.

Get the instructions here.

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36. Colored or patterned washi tape is an easy way to add color to your appetizers.

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37. Embellish your flip flops with curly ribbon.

You can buy these or easily make your own.

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38. If you’re going to be partying in the grass, make these outdoor drink holders out of a tin can.

Get the directions here.

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39. Set your car apart from the crowd with simple tissue paper tassel garlands in your team colors.

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