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Mini Foosball Game
By Cy Tymony
FOOSBALL (TABLE FOOTBALL) GAMES
are a lot of fun, but they’re usually found
at bars or clubs. That shouldn’t stop a true
maker from enjoying foosball at home.
With just a few straws, paper clips, and a
common 3-bag microwave popcorn box, you
can quickly put together your own Sneaky
Mini Foosball Game.
YOU WILL NEED
Microwave popcorn box, 3-bag size
Straws ( 4)
Jumbo paper clips ( 8)
Gumball or jawbreaker candy
1. Prepare the cardboard.
Open and flatten the popcorn box. Cut off
the front of the box, but don’t trash it — it’ll
be used to make sneaky game paddles.
Fold the cardboard back into a box shape
and tape the ends together. Be sure to cut
holes at each end for the game ball to exit.
2. Prepare paddle guides and paddles.
Affix 8 paper clips onto the long sides of the
box, 4 per side, evenly spaced. These will act
as paddle guides.
Using the cardboard front you saved earlier,
cut 6 paddles approximately ¾" wide by 2"
long, oval at one end and square at the other.
3. Attach paddles and straws.
For the “players,” tape 2 paddles near the
center of 2 straws as shown. For the “goalies,”
tape 1 paddle each at the center of 2 straws.
Slip the straws into the paper clip holders
with the goalies at each end, and you’re done.
(You can also slide the straws through the
guides first and then attach the paddles —
either way works.)
Place the candy ball on the game board
area and start the action. ;
To make a Sneaky Micro Foosball Game,
go to makezine.com/28/123_foosball.
Cy Tymony is the author of the Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things book series. He lives in Los Angeles. sneakyuses.com