Life Sized Angry Birds Game

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Intro: Life Sized Angry Birds Game

We were walking through Walmart when we saw some Angry Bird stuffed animal toys for sale. My wife and I looked at each other and said "we need to build a life sized Angry Birds Game". So, we bought some stuffed Angry Birds, some wood, various hardware, and rubber tubing and built a life sized Angry Bird Game.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Materials
2 foot by 5 foot 1/2 inch thick plywood
2 - 8 foot 2 x 4s
1 - 8 foot 1 x 4
2 - hurricane straps
1 scrap piece of 1 x 6 for the pigs
1 scrap piece of 1 x 2 for the small bases of the pig
paint
nuts, bolts, nails
rubber tubing from Exercise Band
3 stuffed (plush) Angry Birds (you might be able to use homemade bean bags with angry birds on them).

Tools
Circular saw
Scroll saw (manual or electric)
Drill
Knife to cut tubing
Hammer

Step 2: Build the Base


We built a 5 foot by 2 foot base out of 1 x 4s and 1/2 inch thick plywood. We wanted a platform big enough for people to stand on while pulling the exercise tubing back so the weight of the person on the base would help stabilize the sling shot structure. We added an additional 1x4 joist at one end and cut a 2 x 4 inch groove in the plywood base so we could slide the slingshot into the hole and attach the base of the slingshot with 2 bolts and 2 wing nuts. We designed this to be somewhat portable for ease of storage and transportation.

Step 3: Build the Slingshot

Cut one 2 x 4 about 32 inches. This is the long base pole of the slingshot. Cut two 1 foot pieces of 2 x 4. These will be the two arms of the slingshot. Cut two 22 inch pieces of 1 x 4. Attach the two 1x4 pieces to either side of the 32 inch long 2 x 4 at a 90 degree angle. I used 8 D nails. Slide a 1 foot section of 2 x 4 on each side of the arm (between the 1 x 4s). Attach using 8 D nails. Drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of each arm about 3 inches from the top of each arm. This is where rubber tubing will be attached.

Step 4: Putting It Together

Cut an 18 inch long piece of 2 x 4 at 45 degree angles on either side. This is a brace for the slingshot. Attach a hurricane anchor metal bracket to the base of the angry bird platform and also one on the slingshot. Hold your brace up there to determine where to attach the hurricane roof brackets. Put the slingshot through the slot in the base. Drill two 1/4 inch holes through the base and the slingshot. Insert two 1/4" bolts and tighten with lock washer and wing nuts. I do this to make the whole base portable for easier storage and transportation. Drill a hole on either side of the 2 x 4 brace and attach one end to the bracket on the base and one end to the bracket on the slingshot. Fasten with 1/4 inch bolt and lock washers and wing nuts. Cut two 2 feet lengths of exercise tubing. I bought this at Dick's Sporting Goods. I tried some old surgical tubing that I had around the house, but it broke. Get a piece of leather about one foot long and 5 inches wide. Put a grommet at either end. Attach the tubing to the slingshot and leather pouch.

Step 5: Cut Out and Paint Pigs

Using a scroll saw, cut the four angry pigs out of 1 x 6 pine. Just explode and trace the attached picture for a pattern. Cut four 2 inch long pieces of 1 x 2 for the base of the pigs so they are not so easy to knock down. Glue and attach the 1 x 2 bases to the bottom of the pigs. Paint the features on the pigs. Get some empty boxes for the pigs to hide behind. I used whatever I had around. The cardboard children's blocks/bricks would be neat to use.

Step 6: Play Life Sized Angry Birds

Set up the blocks and pigs. Find some kids that want to have fun and start playing angry birds. It's a little bit healthier than the phone angry birds in that it gets kids some exercise pulling back the exercise band on the slingshot and running up to set up the pigs and retrieve the stuffed angry birds.

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2Hearts1Roof

2 years ago

This has to be my fav DIY Garden game ever!

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andy.knote

3 years ago on Step 6

Impressive build! Looks like a lot of fun!

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rdowns1

5 years ago on Step 3

Built this for my son's birthday party. I angled the uprights a little to give it a rough quality. My son and daughter love it!

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mikeandrerdowns1

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

That's really neat! I'm glad those kids are having some active fun! Thanks for sharing.

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sgmcdn

6 years ago on Introduction

Great idea and build - I hope to build this, this weekend.

A quick question on the base...

It look like you framed the base with:

2 - 5 foot lengths of 1x4
5 - 2 foot lengths of 1x4
2 - 2 foot lengths of 2x4

Is that correct?

Thanks!

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mikeandresgmcdn

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

That's it! I tend to overbuild things. 2x4 might not be necessary. Good luck.

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mikeandrebsharpmt

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I do not know what they are called in Canada. The are small metal straps bent at 90 degree angle to attach to your roof rafter and the floor joist on the top floor. They have them at most lumber stores and hardware stores. Here is a better picture of them:

http://www.captaintropic.com/images/tie_h3.GIF

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bsharpmtmikeandre

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Thanks, I finally made it! I think I made too big of pouch for it! What size of pouch and firing objects would you recommend?

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mikeandrebsharpmt

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I made a pouch out of leather about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide, but tapered at the ends where the rubber is attached.

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sarakenobishedding245

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I think that a giant slingshot would be ok - it's generally illegal for hunting, but not recreational use like water balloon catapults and such.

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suayres

6 years ago on Introduction

It's really clever, and cute, and looks like boatloads of fund--BUT, don't be surprised if one of these days, before too long, you are served s "Cease and Desist" order, drawn up by the copyright holders of the Angry Birds franchise. I have a very good friend who was making incredibly good soft-sculpture characters drawn from a popular Sunday comic strip. She made ten of one character, and made the mistake of sending one to the creator of the strip--and got her "Cease and Desist" order a couple of days later. Instructables.com is a pretty public site, and legal types always have an eye peeled to catch copyright infringement. I hope I'm wrong.

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mikeandresuayres

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the heads-up. We just made this for fun for a picnic. I'm going to give it to a guy that works with youth a lot. I don't plan on making any more and definitely not for sale. We did purchase the Angry Bird stuffed animals from the company that makes Angry Birds - Rozzio, I think. So, let's hope all turns out well. Thanks again.

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goldenlotuzmikeandre

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Dude, you did a great job. Dont worry about the Law suit and stuff. Your not making bootleg Angry Bird games. Your product is unique and you did a wonder fall job !!! Now , if you start selling these out of the trunk of your car... maybe some Finlandian would come after you. Again GREAT JOB. Im gonna make me one of these.

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apendermikeandre

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

T-mobile already did a real world promotional demo with angry birds in barcelona spain.

Also if it isnt in violation of the labeled use it would seem legit to think it islegal fair use. What else are the dolls for? A little "revenge" for stealing eggs is what the franchise is all about. And he isnt making counterfeit knock offs to sell.