I’m sure you haven’t noticed (they have almost no advertising budget), but the biggest game in football is coming up in just a couple of weeks. I love having any excuse to host people in my home, but football is one of my absolute favorites. Something about the combination of great food, friends, and competition just warms every part of my heart.
While the competition rages on screen, I always like to add a little competitive edge to our parties. A few years ago, I created this Super Bowl Party Game as an easy way to up the stakes. Well, We have never been a “participation trophy” type of family, so for every game there needs to be a prize!
This year, I created these DIY Copper Pipe Mini Goalposts to give as the prize for our Super Bowl Game. They only take about an hour to make and any winner will be proud to display it in their home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Compact Pipe Cutter
- Super Glue
- 33″ of 1/2 inch Copper Pipe cut into the following measurements:
- (2) 9.5 inch pieces
- (2) 4 inch pieces
- (1) 5 inch piece
- (1) 1 inch piece
- (3) Copper 90 degree elbow fittings
- (1) Copper ‘T’ Fitting
- (2) Copper end cap fittings
*Note: To make two goalposts – like we did for this post, simply double all the pipe and fittings.
You can cut the pipe any number of ways, but if your garage hasn’t been overtaken by a workshop like ours, we found a compact pipe cutter for about $10 at our local hardware store that made this project pretty simple.
Once we cut our pipe into the correct measurements, we used superglue to secure the pieces together. I learned the hard way that the glue sets up very quickly.
We began our DIY Mini Goalposts by making the bottom portion of the goalpost. We inserted the 5″ piece into a 90 degree elbow and added the 1″ piece to the other end of the elbow. Then we added the ‘T’ fitting to the other end of the 1″ piece, making sure the ‘T’ was perpendicular to the 5″ piece.
Then we added the 4″ pieces to the open ends of the ‘T’. After setting that section aside, we assembled the two vertical arms of the field goal posts by gluing an end cap to one end of the 9.5″ piece and a 90 degree elbow to the other end. Then we repeated that process for the second arm of the goal post.
When both arms were assembled, we attached the open end of the 90 degree elbows to the end of the 4″ pieces, making sure that the vertical arms were parallel to each other and the 5″ piece.
Then we used a block of wood to make the base, making sure that it has enough leverage to support the goal post. We used a 5/8″ drill bit to drill a hole about 3/4″ deep. That should provide a snug fit for the 1/2″ copper pipe.
I love them! They are the perfect combination of sports and industrial design. I can’t wait to display it after I win the competition this year (because we all know I’m totally winning!). If you want to see more Vintage Football Party ideas, check out our Vintage Football Party.
Are you planning a Super Bowl Party this year? Share your party secrets in the comments below!