How to Make Your Own Football Gloves

Taping for Support

    Extend your hand in front of you with the palm facing away. Wrap the pre-tape around the thumb three times. Without separating or ripping the pre-tape continue down to the wrist and wrap it three times. After the third wrap, separate the pre-tape on your wrist from the pre-tape roll and repeat these steps for your other hand.

    Wrap the athletic tape around the pre-tape on your thumbs and wrists. Wrap the athletic tape in the same fashion as the pre-tape. Wrap the tape tightly enough to be supportive but not so tight circulation is cut off or movement is severely restricted.

    Wrap tape in between the knuckle joints on each finger for extra finger support. Tape these areas tightly because they may become loose during a long game.

Protection and Grip

    Put canvas gloves on over your taped hands and wrists. Secure the gloves by taping the open base of the gloves to your already taped wrists. Tape the gloves tightly so they do not come off during the game.

    Spray the grip spray on the palms of your gloves and in between the fingers.

    At halftime, respray and retape your gloves to ensure they are effective for the last two quarters.


  • Cut the fingertips off the canvas gloves for more grip enhancement.


  • Do not use Stickum. Stickum is a grip-enhancing paste or gel that is illegal in NCAA football and the NFL. It is legal for baseball and pole-vaulting but not football. There are other grip sprays available that are approved by the NCAA and NFL.
  • Canvas gloves may give you blisters. If this occurs, substitute the canvas gloves with leather gloves. Leather gloves are more expensive but may diminish chaffing.

Things Needed

  • Canvas work gloves
  • Pre-tape
  • Athletic tape
  • Grip spray

About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Jacob Burney has been writing professionally since 2005. He has written articles for "Broncos GameDay" magazine and the 2007 "South Pacific Games." He has also written several approved grant proposals. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer and holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bucknell University with minors in philosophy and religion.