Instructions: How to Build the Ultimate Snack Stadium
Learn how to make the ultimate snack stadium using everyday items with this easy DIY.
Make Your Own Snack Stadium
Having an outrageous Super Bowl party? Celebrating the first game off the season? You’re going to want to kick off your party right with an impressive snack buffet—but not just any buffet: a snack stadium. This spread is impressive, but it’s easy to make and doesn’t require any hard-to-find supplies. Just a few basics and you’re ready to host a party that will have the crowd going wild.
1. Build two lower-level skyboxes
This snack stadium comes with some luxury seating options. For the lower level of your tiered skyboxes, glue two tins together bottom to bottom. Repeat to create an additional skybox for the opposite end of the field.
Find these tins at your local dollar store, or get them on Amazon—less than $7 for a pack of 10!
2. Create two upper-level skyboxes
Next, you’ll build the upper-level boxes. (Think of these as your stadium’s private suites!) You can do this by gluing a loaf tin to two overturned plastic cups. Again, you’ll need one for each side of the stadium.
Need a glue gun? Grab one for about $5!
3. Create soda box stands
To make your stands, you’ll need a ruler, leftover soda boxes and a little patience. Grab a single soda box and make a mark 7¾” from the end of the box. This divides the box in half exactly.
Then make another mark 3″ from the end of either side. This marks the front, lower section of your stands. Then draw a diagonal line between the two (the photo above gives you a good idea of how this should look). Mirror this on the opposite side.
4. Cut the soda boxes to size
With everything marked exactly, use a sharp scissors or craft knife to cut along these lines. To have enough boxes for your stadium, you’ll need to cut up eight boxes (for 16 stands total). This is a great project to do while catching up on your favorite shows—these are our favorite foodie-centric ones from Netflix.
5. Pick your wrapping paper
The next step is to wrap these soda box stands with craft paper. We used plain paper, here but feel free to substitute wrapping paper to match your favorite teams.
Before you start wrapping, measure out 15¼” by 17¼” rectangles of paper. This is the precise size you need to easily wrap the boxes (our crafting experts found that using bigger sheets or just eyeballing the paper size made wrapping much harder, so don’t skip this step!).
6. Wrap each box like a present
Then you’ll wrap this box much like a gift, using tape to keep things secure. When you get to the raw edges, simply fold your paper inward and finish with a bit of tape.
In the end, it should look fairly finished and wrapped just like a gift. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this wrapping step (but it makes the end product look extra polished!).
7. Line the interior
Once wrapped, our Test Kitchen strongly recommends lining the cardboard boxes with a napkin (waxed or parchment paper would work well, too) to keep your food from touching the packaging (you never know what sort of environments those cartons were in prior to getting home). To do this, simply fold the napkin to sit inside the box and fix inside with a few dabs of hot glue.
8. Add the finishing touches
To give these boxes a totally finished look, grab a handful of straws (paper ones work great here!) and give them a slice up the middle. Then cuff around each of the raw edges of the box and trim to size. These should stay put, but feel free to add a bead of glue along the edge of the box to keep them secure.
9. Assemble the towers
This snack stadium is just a little bit fancy—the exterior is finished with four towers (to hold more snacks, of course!). Making these is quick and easy. You’ll need eight plastic cups and two disposable bowls.
To make the towers, simply glue two cups together using a hot glue gun, bottom to bottom. Repeat four times. Take two of your towers and glue two disposable bowls into the mouth of the cup. These bowls are perfect to hold veggies and crowd-pleasing dips.
10. Putting it all together
Now with all your pieces and parts prepped, it’s time to assemble. Place a sheet cake (or baking sheet) in the center of your kitchen table. At the short end, place two half-size pans which serve as the end zones.
With those in place, place the short skyboxes at the 50-yard line and the taller ones behind them. Then place your soda box stands around the entire perimeter (there should be two on the short ends and six on the longer ends), curving slightly at the corners. Add the towers between the stands.
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