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DIY Football Referee Beverage Tub + Bottles with Mini Helmets

If you’re looking for a fun way to deck out your game day drink station, I’ve got just the thing! This Football Referee-Inspired Beverage Bucket is super easy to create using removable white and yellow duct tape, which means no mess or waiting for paint to dry PLUS your party tub stays in tact for future (non game day) use too. Win-win!

And since this fun DIY is part of my partnership with the Coca-Cola and NABISCO Home Bowl this year, I couldn’t resist filling the tub with Coca-Cola bottles that came to play. ;) Get full details on these mini bottle helmets – that can double as a door prize game! – plus instructions for the beverage bucket below.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our $400 Home Bowl Prize Pack Giveaway that’s going on right now too! I’ll be picking 2 winners next week. More info on the #HomeBowlHeroContest can be found here.

Coca-Cola Bottles with Mini Football Helmets


The first thing you’ll need for this project is a black party tub/bucket. I bought this Chalkboard Beverage Bucket and especially love that it has a bottle opener already built into the front!

You’ll also need:

  • white duct tape
  • yellow duct tape
  • craft knife + cutting mat
  • straight-edge ruler

1. To start, measure out a white duct tape stripe that can be used as the guide for your other stripes. I measured by placing the tape on the bucket and using a craft knife to slice it off at the rim of the bucket. As always, please be careful when using the sharp blade!

DIY Referee Beverage Bucket Tutorial

2. Remove the first stripe, and place it on your cutting mat to use as a guide for all the other stripes, then place them on and around the bucket at equal distances.

DIY Referee Beverage Bucket Tutorial

3. Once the stripes are on, you can add yellow “penalty flags” to the handles to give it even more football flair! I folded a long piece of yellow duct tape around each handle, then cut the bottom of each one into a triangle shape, (as shown in the close-up on the opening image). Done!


I love pretty much anything mini, and these little football helmet bottle toppers are one of my new favorite things! They are actually toy “pencil toppers” (purchased here) that I spray painted gold and silver. Each helmet easily comes apart and goes back together, so I was able to paint the facemasks a contrast color.

It still felt like the helmets needed a little something after they were painted, so I added white duct tape stripes down the center:

Mini Football Helmets Tutorial

The stripes were about 2″ long, so I found it quickest to measure out one 2″ long piece of tape on the cutting mat at a time, then slice that piece into the skinny stripes, using a straight edge ruler and craft knife, as shown above.

That’s it! Once you’re done with the mini helmets, just pop them onto your Coke bottles for a playful conversation starter at the party, and everyone will be enjoying ice-cold Coca-Cola. You can also put small stickers inside a couple of the helmets for a creative way to give away door prizes. Just make sure the stickers are completely hidden inside and only visible when the helmet is removed!

Of course, you can also have some fun with the presentation of your bottles… like my husband did here. ;)

Black and White Referee Striped Party Tub + Player Bottles

And for a creative backdrop idea to put behind your drink station, check out my recent Football Pass Play Inspired Wall Backdrop tutorial made from mini balloon letters, a shower curtain, and label tape. :)

Football Party Drink Station Ideas - Coca-Cola Bottles

Guess what…. the referee-inspired football party fun doesn’t stop here! Click below for a chocolate-y game day treat that’s striped, frozen, and… drumroll please…. chock full of OREO Cookies. :)

Football Referee Inspired Oreo Pudding Pops


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Coca-Cola and NABISCO for this post. As always, the content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that make it possible for us to keep the creative content coming!