Introduction: Hoverboard - Back to the Future 2

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Okay, today i'm gonna show you how to make a good looking Hoverboard for less than 30$. We will start with a look on the material to use :

  • Foam
  • Hot glue
  • White glue
  • Glossy paper
  • Spray and normal paint
  • Xacto
  • Scissor
  • Velcro
  • Screw

Step 1: Model and Cutting

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The first thing I did is searching a model of an Hoverboard. Luckily, I found a very good picture including the dimensions and an image of the bottom of the Hoverboard. With this model in hand, I ran to Walmart and bought 4 sheets of foam for about 10$. I traced the model on one sheet of foam and cut it with an Exacto.

Step 2: Glue Together + Sanding

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I repeated the previous step another time and I glued everything together. When you cut the foam, it is possible that you get, on the borders, something like in these pictures. A quick way to correct that is to sand the foam. When sanding, you can put a curve effect on the sides, like the real Hoverboard.

Step 3: Bottom

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To build the bottom part, I used the model. For the parts beneath magnets, I used foam I had left (hence the weird rectangle holes). For thicker parts I used the foam sheets from WalMart.

Step 4: Paint

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You can choose any color you want. I chose a simple pink that I found at Canadian Tire (Yes I'm canadian!). The other colors for the bottom were from my grandma (thanks grandma).

Note : To harden the foam you can apply 3-4 layer of white glue. Then, it will be less complicated and MUCH better to apply the spray and the other colors.

Step 5: Printing the Design

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To print the design, I used the model in the pictures. Glossy paper is better if you want a good looking result. I glued the printed paper on the foam with hot glue.

Note : If you print on multiple pages like me, the better thing to do is to cut the model according to the pink diagonals on the design. Or otherwise you will see the horizontal cut...

Step 6: Velcro

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I ordered from ebay, pink and green velcro for about 5$. I really don't need to explain this part. You must follow the green and pink lines from the design.

Step 7: Finish Result + Bonus

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An easy DIY project for everyone for cheap. You can even add a foot directionner if you want to. Hope you enjoyed it, any comment is welcome. If you like it don't forget to vote for this project for the Halloween Prop contest!

- John, from Canada


allansbs (author)2016-09-06

I make in wood my Hoverboard! Allan from Brazil... tks

JOEJUNIOR (author)allansbs2017-04-07

Como vc fez? se fez um passo a passo, pode me enviar por favor?

allansbs (author)JOEJUNIOR2017-04-07

Opa, cara não fiz um passo a passo mas se quiser te informo certinho mais ou menos o que usei aqui. Tem whats?

angrybarjohn made it! (author)2016-10-26

Fun project but I would make a few suggestions if you are going to try this one yourself. Use a table saw to start the bevels on the edges! Ditch the Elmer's glue for PVA glue (it will save you A LOT of time!) A drill press will help significantly with the handle under the board. AND KEEP IN MIND the scale on the graphics attached for the top and bottom do not match the technical document here if you print it in one piece! But I would highly recommend getting these printed at poster size at an office depot, for a better looking display piece.

CrystalB01 (author)2016-06-21

What kind of glue did you use to attach the board?

NamedJohnny (author)CrystalB012016-07-13

hot glue

KamenRiderfan2 (author)2015-11-02


John__Lennon (author)2015-10-23

that's really cool! definitely my Halloween costume accessory! but how did you get the print for the top in color? did you colour it, paint it, or just print it?

NamedJohnny (author)John__Lennon2015-11-01

I simply print it

devil1111 (author)2015-10-21

Myth ends today Hover Board of McFly can not fly Sorry

I've tested the original Hover board sorry it was not able to fly .

you can see the original Hover board from 1985 and the plate with original signature of Michael J. Fox alias Marty McFlay
inside the board I found this Plate with original signature this board was really the original ups... Sorry

J-Five (author)devil11112015-10-22

I've been waiting for twenty years!!!

J-Five (author)devil11112015-10-22

I know right, I've been waiting for twenty years!!!

PaytonT (author)2015-10-12

How do I get the template picture to print on a 1:1 scale?

pro132 (author)2015-10-09

hi very cool dose it work

pro132 (author)2015-10-09


atlgwinett (author)2014-12-06

very cool

Himers (author)2014-11-17

Simple, cheep, and cool!!! Nice "ible"!!!

My name is inventor (author)2014-11-09

Please tell me how to make it float. I'll take a picture of what I am doing.

The secret is to throw yourself at the ground and miss it.

"Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”

bginoza (author)2014-11-04

I seriously seriously love this and want to not only make this but all of the others from the movie. You totally rock and I really hope you win something in the halloween prop contest.

NamedJohnny (author)bginoza2014-11-04

wow, that means a lot to me, thanks!

My name is inventor (author)2014-10-23

Hi guys! i am new here, so how to make it float?

NathanSellers (author)2014-10-04

Awesome. What a fun project. It's about 1 year early ;)

Yeah, I just need Nike Air Mag shoes!

Kozmicblues69 (author)2014-10-04

Wow! I always wanted one of this! Very good project! Très cool! Thanks for sharing.

merci beaucoup!

Jack Moran (author)2014-10-04

Thats awesome! I love how its made out of foam and not wood, much easier to make.

NamedJohnny (author)Jack Moran2014-10-20

yeah, when it comes to props I prefer foam, it is more easy to manipulate

Jst4Kicks2477 (author)2014-10-03

This is straight-up awesome!


steveisler (author)2014-10-04

I built one of these last year, but I set the levitation height to high and I lost it, just kept going up and up and away, so be careful with your adjustments you don't want to over do it

NamedJohnny (author)steveisler2014-10-07

yeah, same thing happen to me...this is my second try.. the first is still in the air floating somewhere..

mfann72 (author)2014-10-05

This is really neat. great job

Summer Skies (author)2014-10-04


capsulecorp (author)2014-10-04

Great Scott! Beautiful project :)

Robson Couto (author)2014-10-04

Nice work!

seamster (author)2014-10-03

Excellent work!

Perhaps it's just coincidence, but the shadows in the main photo in step 2 make it look like it's really floating!

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Bio: I am a software developper, addicted to props
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