Introduction: Super Mario Bros. Question Block

'NOTE I do not know for sure what this block would look like in reality. I am just assuming that there are bricks on the sides, since there are usually brick blocks on either side of it.


So we've all (hopefully) played the original Super Mario Bros. game at one time or another, and we had to jump to hit a block with a question mark on it. We usually got a red mushroom that made us grow. I ended up liking that block so much, I had to have my own, that I could take with me everywhere.

"If you do not have balsa wood, or would like a quicker version, hamgravy made a paper cut-out version, with my permission https://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Mario-Bros-Paper-Question-Mark-Block/"

What you'll need for this is:
--Thin balsa wood sheet
--Ruler/straightedge
--Knife (utility or X-acto)
--Tape

Youll also need to print off the sides of the block. You could paint it, but it was much easier for me to just print the sides off. I dont do good with intricate painting. Youll find the net I made below.

I apologize in advance for the blurry pictures. My camera is not the greatest.

Step 1: Sides

For this, I thought that a 1 x 1 inch cube would be good, so youll need to cut 6 1-inch square pieces of wood (I chose balsa because its the easiest to work with, and I had it lying around).

I found the easiest way to do this was score the wood deeply with the knife, and then snap it.

Step 2: Assembling

I started off assembling the sides by taping them together (in a pattern like the one below), then I taped on only one side. I put a little bit of glue on the seams inside, and let it dry for a bit, and then I filled the inside with a combination of cardboard scrap and hot glue, to give it some weight. I let that dry, and added the top, cutting it so it would fit inside nicely, and taped and glued that in place too.

Step 3: Put the Designs On

I dry fitted the sides of the block onto the wood, and I found that the edges of the paper didnt meet up close enough. I had some black spray paint lying around, so I put that on the block. It dried quickly, since there was so much tape on the block.

I used rubber cement to glue the sides on. The long strip was just long enough to cover 3 sides, and part of the fourth, so I glued that on, and put the front face on top of the partially coverd side. The other 2 sides should be put on with the thin white strip facing towards the front.

Step 4: Finished!

Now it is completely done. This turns out to be quite sturdy, once together.

To prevent too much wear on the block, I recommend wrapping it in a layer of clear packing tape. This will hold any lifting corners as well.

Please message me if you find anything wrong or have any questions.

Check back later to see some more Mario-themed things, or updates to this one!

Comments

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dragonslug made it!(author)2014-05-10

You could buy little wood block/s and paint/cover those instead of making your own block/s.

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bwells2 made it!(author)2011-06-25

It's-a-me, mario! Whoo-hoo!

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blueblobbs made it!(author)2011-06-13

where did you get the design for the bolock

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2011-06-16

Like, the ? picture and bricks, or the way its put together?

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blueblobbs made it!(author)2011-06-16

the picture

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2011-06-23

oh, I just got a picture of the ? and the blocks they used in the game. I just assumed that the rest of the block was brick instead of ?.

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dvnfntn made it!(author)2009-07-06

who would buy these on ebay??

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-07-07

someone is, its ending in an hour (8:24pm Pacific time) theres a market for everything

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Jimmy+Proton made it!(author)2011-03-22

how much did you sell them for?

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2011-03-22

Im not really sure, but I think $3 or 4 per set

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Jimmy+Proton made it!(author)2011-03-22

I'd say thats a good way to make a little money.

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2011-03-23

yeah lol

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2010-10-26

I sold about 8 sets (of 2) of them before I stopped listing them.

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ikoda made it!(author)2009-06-26

Question Blocks don't have bricks around it...

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999592 made it!(author)2009-06-26

actually no one is certain about that... (you dont see the sides) HOWEVER it is safe to assume that due to the fact that all the other blocks are brick... this one is probably brick as well

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rip333 made it!(author)2009-06-26

Actually they don't, the 3D games are question marks all the way around.

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999592 made it!(author)2009-06-27

well the ORIGINAL mario games you cant tell

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-06-30

exactly

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mason0190 made it!(author)2009-11-21

hmm... user pic seems familiar...

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2010-10-26

lol

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ikoda made it!(author)2009-06-26

Well Toy/Key Chain Question blocks don't have bricks. Neither do 3d Mario games.... I'd say it's yellow all around... Keeps it more _____ (Totally went blank and forgot the word that should go there...)

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baneat made it!(author)2009-06-28

authentic?

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The+Expert+Noob made it!(author)2009-06-27

i say we sould reference the first 3D mario game that featured the sides of the blocks (Mario 64)... or go back even further and go by the super mario brothers animated series!

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robots199 made it!(author)2009-06-26

In paper mario when you go into 3D mode, you can easily see that the question blocks have bricks around it.

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Najmyman100 made it!(author)2010-01-05

Cool, Add a mushroom made of crayola model magic clay

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loserpoo made it!(author)2009-12-23

really cool i wish i had balsa

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-12-23

Thanks...you can get a long narrow sheet of it at any craft store, such as Michaels or Joanns or something like that

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1up made it!(author)2009-06-26

Too bad there isn't some way to print it onto the wood...

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mason0190 made it!(author)2009-11-21

didn't you make that kick-@$$ portable nes?

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1up made it!(author)2009-11-21

Which one? :P

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The+Expert+Noob made it!(author)2009-06-27

screen printing

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mason0190 made it!(author)2009-11-21

i make tiny ones, put small candies in them, and pass them out as party favours :)

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Najmyman100 made it!(author)2009-07-08

does the box open

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-07-08

the exact way that I made it in this instructable, no but a hinged lid can easily be incorporated

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ceschiutti made it!(author)2009-07-02

could you also make little posts in the corners to glue the panels together? I imagine that bottom piece was tough to stay put.

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-07-02

yes you can. i made a few more of these afterward, and thats how I did it

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Rustar made it!(author)2009-06-28

If I remember right several years ago someone made a bunch of large blocks and hung them around their town at night, which of course led to a police investigation.

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Iridium7 made it!(author)2009-06-27

you could make a bigger one and make it a box to store stuff in.

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ScienceWiz made it!(author)2009-06-26

HMmmmmm... I'm thinking: 3D PRINTER!!!! XD Cool idea!

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kamibox.de made it!(author)2009-06-26

That's pretty cool, I've designed another Mario Block-based papercraft before, the Mario Paper Automata: http://www.wiids.co.uk/2009/03/10/paper-mario-automaton/
(But yours is made of balsa wood anyway, so it should be more stable ;))

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-06-26

that looked good!

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sageserver made it!(author)2009-06-26

you should add a motion sensative sound generator to make the sound when you hit it.

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-06-26

thats a good idea!

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merijnvw made it!(author)2009-06-26

cool thing! i'm going to make it

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thepelton made it!(author)2009-06-26

I am thinking of making one using an Epilog Laser. I have already perfected the process of making a small box of any size from 3/4 in. to 3 1/2 in. (19mm to 80mm).

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Focker made it!(author)2009-06-26

Damn, that actually looks really friggen cool! Now I am going to have to make one, or many! Maybe put a hinged top on and a push bottom so you can "hit" the block and a flower or mushroom pops out the top. nice ible!

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TechNerd1012 made it!(author)2009-06-26

Thanks! Thats actually a really good idea. Maybe Ill make a second one like that!

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