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Hello from Hero Dad*, i'd like to give you some simple tips on how to throw a rockin' Nerf gun birthday party. Essentially you just need to transform your backyard into a Nerf battlefield and the kids will do the rest. This is a sure fire way to have tons of fun at your next birthday party (ideal age is 6 to 12) for not much money (although there is a bit of work involved) using some easy to build Nerf games and Nerf battle modular forts.

*Hero Dad defined: any dad trying to impress his kids with some type of act or service


Lots of card board boxes (the bigger the better) I used 48x24x24
Duct tape
Packing tape
sharp razor blade or box knife
spray paint for camo
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Step 1: Building Nerf Shooting Forts

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If your backyard is like mine, then it probably not that conducive to a Nerf battle environment. So as a Hero Dad it was my job to transform the backyard so that is has mass appeal for an awesome Nerf war. There are several ways you can accomplish this task by using some large cardboard boxes. For the 1st barrier I just build a box (48x24x24) then cut it in half diagonally leaving one side in tact so that the box can fold out. I cut slots in each facing side for sniping action.

Step 2: More Nerf Forts

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Here is another example of some Nerf shooting forts (aka Nerf pill box) that will help transform you lowly backyard to a super cool Nerf battlefield. For this barrier simply build a box (48x24x24). Then cut one side and fold it out, cut a viewing slot, so that it provides more protection from the enemy. I added some door windows for extra protection from enemy dart (this is easily done by using duct tape to make a simple hinge)

All of these "forts" were modular so they are easily moved around the yard. I added spray paint camo to add to the coolness factor.
WYE_Lance3 years ago
This is superb! I've worked with kids for a long time, and I have no doubt that this setup will keep a group of energetic boys engaged for hours. Cheap, practical, and plenty of content - nice Instructable!