Upcycle a shoebox into a homemade foosball game!
It’s World Cup time, so it’s a great time to make this soccer craft.
In the interest of keeping things simple and creating a game that the younger boys could actually play (ages 5 and 7), we decided to make it one-on-one soccer. It would be fun to use a larger box and add more rows of players!
Here’s what you need to build one:
- A shoebox
- Two cardboard tubes from a dry cleaner type pants hanger
- Utility Knife
- Cardboard – from a cereal box
- Colored pencils/markers
- Duct tape
- Ping Pong Ball
Note: Adult help will be needed with the utility knife.
Step 1: Take the cardboard rods off of your clothes hangers.
Step 2: Use a utility knife to make holes in the side of the shoebox to fit your cardboard rods. We made our holes 3 inches from the bottom of the box and 3 inches from the end of the box. You may need to adjust this based on the size of your box.
At first, we put the rod a little too close to the edge of the box, and then the player would get stuck or hit the end of the box. (Note the extra holes on the side of the box!)
Step 3: Make the goals by cutting a hole in each end of the box. Make sure that the ping pong ball can fit through easily.
Step 4: Cut rectangles from cereal box cardboard to be the players. Aidan drew some soccer players on paper and colored them in.
Step 5: Decorate the outside of the box with duct tape. Or just leave it plain and start playing!
Almost Unschoolers Jun 29, 2014
This is terrific!
Barb @ A Life in Balance Jun 30, 2014
I love this! I shared it with my readers on my Facebook page.
Courtney@BooksnBoys Jun 30, 2014
My five and seven year old will really love this today :) Thanks!
Marcia Jun 30, 2014
Wonderful idea. My 2 boys will love this.
Kate - The Craft Train Jul 1, 2014
This is an awesome idea, love it! About to share on my FB page.
Mark May 30, 2017
Great I need to show this project to my boys
Fred Oct 7, 2017
God bless, do you know any way of making something for four people? :)
susi Apr 18, 2018
Would you be interested in selling me a non- exclusive license to use your home made foosball images above. it's for a one year online short film.
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