How to Make Your Own Pogs, Tazos, Caps, Flippos and Walkers

Introduction: How to Make Your Own Pogs, Tazos, Caps, Flippos and Walkers

In this tutorial, im going to show you how to make your own Pogs, Tazos, Caps, Flippos and Walkers.

Here is a little background on the game itself (copied from
The Story of POGs

From 'The Unofficial POG and Cap Players Handbook' by Jason Page

It all started in 1927 - the year the Haleakala Dairy in Maui, Hawaii, brought out a new brand of fruit juice. The top of each bottle had a small round cardboard lid or cap.
Times were hard in Hawaii - despite the warm sunshine, fabulous beaches and all the coconuts you could eat The 1930s were the years of the Great Depression. Thousands of people lost their jobs and they had no money to spend on new toys.
Children had to make their own games. And that's when the caps off the juice drinks caught someone's eye. Soon a game sprang up, invented entirely by children. The idea was to flip the bottle caps. These became known as POGs because the ingredients of the drink were Passion fruit, Orange and Guava.
The kids drew designs on the caps and also made slammers. These slammers were usually three caps glued together. They called them kinis - the Hawaiian word for 'king'.
The craze lasted a number of years but eventually faded away. It would probably have dissapeared forever if it hadn't been for a school teacher, Blossom Galbiso. She had played POGs with all her friends when she was growing up in the 1930s. In 1991 she decided to teach the game to the pupils in her class.
They loved it and told the others in the school, who told all their friends in other schools. Once again the whole of Hawaii was going mad for POGs. The game was bigger than ever before. In fact, by 1992 it was reckoned that the average child in Hawaii had a collection of 1,700 POGs.
In 1993 POGs flipped over to mainland America. First California, then one by one all the other states caught on to the craze. National tournaments were organised and other makes of caps were invented to cope with the demand

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This is what you need (for both methods):

-Cardboard (preferrably thick - 1mm. If thick cardboard is not available, you can glue two sides of thin cardboard together with glue. Alternatively, in the first method, thick cardboard is not needed)
-Glue (PVA or stick)
-Black ballpoint pen
-Coloring material (filtpens, pencils ect)
-White paper
-Idea of what youre gonna make onto the pog
-A pog (can't go without)

-Lamination material/wide see-through tape
-colored/crafting paper
-Brass metal


Step 2: STEP 2 - Drawing Image

There are 2 ways to do this, The second way will be at the end of the instructable.

-Draw 2 rings onto your paper using the pog as a template.
-Draw your FRONT and BACK image into the rings

Step 3: STEP 3 - Optional to Step 2

You can add all sorts of different enhancements to the image if you want like glitter, coloring the image (you'll most likely do this) or
laminating the rings. It's really up to you what you add to the images.

Step 4: STEP 4 - Cardboarding

Once you have your image..

-glue the paper onto the (thin) cardboard using either glue stick (faster) or PVA (stronger)
!!!NB!!! - MAKE SURE YOUR CARDBOARD IS NOT SHINY. Glue stick doesnt like shiny cardboard. Use matt cardboard.
*OPTIONAL: use thick cardboard here for a slammer
-cut out both of the sides from cardboard and glue them together (see above for slammer)

Step 5: STEP 5 - GLUE

To make sure your pog will hold together, put the pog to dry (even if you used glue stick) under a stack of books or something heavy to make it more solid. That way, your pog has a nicer sound when you slam it.

Step 6: STEP 2B - Drawing Image

There are 2 ways to do this, This is the second.

-Draw 1 ring directly onto the (thick) cardboard.
-Draw your FRONT  image into the ring.
-Then cut out the pog and Draw your back image into it

Step 7: STEP 3B - Optional to Step 2B

You can add all sorts of different enhancements to the image if you want like glitter, coloring the image (you'll most likely do this) but you cannot laminate the image properly in this case because the image has already been cut out and the lamination would come out bad.

Step 8: STEP 4B - Finished

Here you dont have to glue 2 sides together as thick cardboard doesnt need to be thickened with another side.

If something was unclear, watch this vid (applies for first method only):

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    3 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    We made a movie about pogs


    Ahhhh I remember Pogs. They were huge in my neighborhood up until the day Wave Race 64 hit our stores (yes, I remember these things - my neighbor had led the Pogs craze here, but when he got an N64, we all abandoned those to cram into his room). They were fun...mostly because we all forgot about the game and used them as substitute throwing stars...good times...