Shoebox of Fun

Introduction: Shoebox of Fun

In many situations, people have empty shoe boxes that are put off to the side to collect dust after a purchase. With this instructable, I will be teaching you how to transform your boring ordinary shoe box into a box of fun. This shoe box does not just include a intense foosball table but also a checkered board located on the bottom of the box which can be used to play board games such a checkers. This instructable is not just for kids however for it offers fun times to everyone.

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Step 1: Gather Materials

Material List:

10 Clothes Pins

A shoe box (height-5 inches length-12 inches width-8.5 inches)


Pen or Pencil

4 Wood Dowels

Small ball (ping pong, bouncy ball)



Paint (optional)


Step 2: Wrap (optional)

Wrap outside of your box to make it more visually pleasing.

Step 3: Cut Wooden Dowels

Cut down the wooden dowels so that both sides of the dowels are 4 inches wider than the shoe box.

Step 4: Paint Clothes Hangers (optional)

Paint clothes hangers to make it tell apart teams.

Step 5: Cut Out Goal

Cut out a 4.5 by 2.5 rectangle on the bottom of the box, with two inches on either side. Leave the flap so that you can close the open when needed.

Step 6: Making Holes for the Dowels

Use a pen to poke a hole through the box 3 inches from the bottom, 2 inches from the side, and 4 inches between the 3rd and 4th dowels. Take dowel and push it through both sides of the box and keep rotating so the hole becomes bigger.

Step 7: Placing Kickers

Using 10 clothes hangers, place three kickers on offense and two kickers on defense on both sides of the field. (like a regular sized foosball table) Between offensive hangers, place at 2 inches away from each other. Between the defensive players, hang 2.75 inches away from each other.

Step 8: Taping Ends

Tape end of the dowels so that they wont fall out of place. Tape 2 inches(half) of where the dowels meet the hole.

Step 9: Making Checkered Board

Tape the bottom of the box horizontally and vertically overlapping, making 1 inch squares. Spray paint the bottom of the box so that when you take the tape off it will give a checkered effect.

Step 10: Final Product

Step 11: Video

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    3 years ago

    That's fun! I like that it's easy to store when not in use too. :)