Introduction: Super Mario Bros. Question Block

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'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"

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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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!


dragonslug (author)2014-05-10

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

bwells2 (author)2011-06-25

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

blueblobbs (author)2011-06-13

where did you get the design for the bolock

TechNerd1012 (author)blueblobbs2011-06-16

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

blueblobbs (author)TechNerd10122011-06-16

the picture

TechNerd1012 (author)blueblobbs2011-06-23

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 ?.

dvnfntn (author)2009-07-06

who would buy these on ebay??

TechNerd1012 (author)dvnfntn2009-07-07

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

how much did you sell them for?

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

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

yeah lol

TechNerd1012 (author)dvnfntn2010-10-26

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

ikoda (author)2009-06-26

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

999592 (author)ikoda2009-06-26

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

rip333 (author)9995922009-06-26

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

999592 (author)rip3332009-06-27

well the ORIGINAL mario games you cant tell

TechNerd1012 (author)9995922009-06-30


mason0190 (author)TechNerd10122009-11-21

hmm... user pic seems familiar...

TechNerd1012 (author)mason01902010-10-26


ikoda (author)9995922009-06-26

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...)

baneat (author)ikoda2009-06-28


The Expert Noob (author)ikoda2009-06-27

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!

robots199 (author)ikoda2009-06-26

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

Najmyman100 (author)2010-01-05

Cool, Add a mushroom made of crayola model magic clay

loserpoo (author)2009-12-23

really cool i wish i had balsa

TechNerd1012 (author)loserpoo2009-12-23 can get a long narrow sheet of it at any craft store, such as Michaels or Joanns or something like that

1up (author)2009-06-26

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

mason0190 (author)1up2009-11-21

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

1up (author)mason01902009-11-21

Which one? :P

The Expert Noob (author)1up2009-06-27

screen printing

mason0190 (author)2009-11-21

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

Najmyman100 (author)2009-07-08

does the box open

TechNerd1012 (author)Najmyman1002009-07-08

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

ceschiutti (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.

TechNerd1012 (author)ceschiutti2009-07-02

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

Rustar (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.

Iridium7 (author)2009-06-27

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

ScienceWiz (author)2009-06-26

HMmmmmm... I'm thinking: 3D PRINTER!!!! XD Cool idea! (author)2009-06-26

That's pretty cool, I've designed another Mario Block-based papercraft before, the Mario Paper Automata:
(But yours is made of balsa wood anyway, so it should be more stable ;))

TechNerd1012 (author)kamibox.de2009-06-26

that looked good!

sageserver (author)2009-06-26

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

TechNerd1012 (author)sageserver2009-06-26

thats a good idea!

merijnvw (author)2009-06-26

cool thing! i'm going to make it

thepelton (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).

Focker (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!

TechNerd1012 (author)Focker2009-06-26

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

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