I thought maybe you’d like to take your March Madness to a whole new level of crazy like we did at the r house and if so, here’s what to do:
First, you need 1″ thick painter’s tape–that’s what we made the actual bracket out of. It cost $2.44 at Walmart.
Then you need to measure your wall. The second round on the very outside of the bracket is actually quite mathematical to set up. Bear with me.
Mr. R took the measurement of the wall that we wanted to use (notice we didn’t use the whole wall) and divided it by 32 (the number of teams in the second round) and that gave him a basic idea of how much space he would have for each team. In our case, that was 1.5″ between each piece of tape. (Remember the painter’s tape 1″ thick.)
The horizontal lines on our wall are 7″ long. We came up with that number by knowing that the bracket couldn’t be any longer than the length of the wall divided by 11 because there are 11 spots going across from left to right. (You’ll notice in our bracket that the horizontal lines around the space for the tournament champion is longer just to fill in the space if that even makes sense. LOL)
Connecting the horizontal lines is easy. Just connect them. My only suggestion is making sure you make a hard right angle with the tape–that makes it look sharp.
Mr. R and I will make our bracket predictions on our wall by placing a colored dot next to the team that we think will win (mine pink, his blue). Then we’ll print out another logo for the actual winner of the game and move on from there.
So awesome. I love it.
You should totally do it too and please, allow me to save you the time of hunting down each team’s logo: The 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament logos, school names and seeding. It’s all ready for you to print out.
Really, it’s the least I can do to help you encourage your crazy.
In the words of Mr. R who sat and stared at it when it was completed, “It’s the most beautiful thing we have ever created together.”
I love him. This was such a fun thing to do together.