DIY of the Week – Foosball Table

July 16th, 2018

And France has officially won it! If you have a social media account of any type, your feeds have probably been hounded with FIFA updates for a while now. And with this particular World Cup turning out to be a doozy, with high-drama outcomes, it’s no wonder that football fever has been running high across the country.

And if you don’t want to let go of that fervor and glow just yet, we can completely understand. After all, when it’s as unpredictable and high octane as the race to the 21st cup has been, who could blame you?

So, to commemorate, this week’s DIY is for the football enthusiast. And the best part is, it’s super easy to make!

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Image source – yazarkafe


What you need:

  1. A cardboard box, like any shoe box
  2. Single hole puncher, or scissors or knife, to make holes
  3. Scissors or craft blade
  4. Straws, ideally of two colors, or wooden skewers
  5. Wooden clothespins
  6. A ping pong ball
  7. Paints, sketch pens, washi tape, anything to jazz it up, and also mark your teams
  8. Glue

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What to do:


Step 1

Take the bottom part of the shoe box and decorate it as you see fit. You can paint the inside base green and plot out a field space if you want, or just decorate the box from the outside, depending our your style.


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Image source – yenisafak


Step 2

On one of the narrow ends of the box, measure out the height of the ping pong ball, and mark a point half an inch higher than that.  Now cut up from base to that point, and create a cut-out rectangle that equidistant from the sides. This will be your goal. Repeat this on the other narrow side.

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Step 3

Measure out four spots on the longer side that are more or less equidistant from each other to figure out the placing of your straws/skewers. Make sure there is space enough for your ping pong ball between each straw/skewer. There should be either four or six straws/skewers in total (2/3 for each team).

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Step 4

Punch or cut holes where marked, about one to one and half inch from the top edge of the box, depending on its depth.

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Step 5

Paint, color, or decorate your clothespins in two different color options to mark different team players.

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Step 6

Pass the straws/skewers so that they go through both holes on opposite sides of the box.

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Step 7

Place the clothespins on the straw/skewer. If you are using a total of four straws, then two should have three pins each, and two should have two or one pin each. One of the three-pin straws if for one team, the second for the other, and so on. Once you have finalized on their placement, place glue on the straw/skewer where you want the pin, and clip them on.

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Step 8

Now all you have to do is put the ball in the middle, catch a friend and get playing!

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PRO TIP: You can paint the ping pong ball to look like a proper football!


And there you go! You’re all set to get your game on!

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