How To Make Table Football From A Cardboard Box

There are days when the kids are complaining they’re bored, it’s raining outside, and you don’t really want to spend money taking the kids out, so it’s time to look around the house and use some imagination to entertain the kids for free. They can even help you to create projects which expand the time even more, making it longer before you hear those words that every parent dreads “I’m bored!”

We like arts and crafts in our house, and can often be found making things from junk modelling such as our robot we fondly named Rosie, a puppet theatre, a dream catcher, and we can be found turning old CD’s into decorations as well.

We had a large cardboard box the other day that was about to go into the recycling bin, when Miss A decided she would like to do some junk modelling. After some chatting about what we were going to create with this large piece of cardboard, we decided to make table football from a cardboard box.

What can you make with a cardboard box, pompom, two straws and some masking tape?

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A table football pitch of course!

 This table football has been great fun, if a little difficult for me without a lot of “puff”, but fun all the same.

How To Make Table Football From A Cardboard Box - The Life Of Spicers

We chose to make ours on the table, but it would work equally well on the floor and can be made any size. I took the top and bottom flaps of a cardboard box and cut them in half-length ways. We attached them together with masking take, and then I secured them on the table with some more tape to stabilise the shape a little. The goals we made from two pipe cleaners twisted together and attached to the edge with more tape.

Hubby decided to use more tape to mark out the pitch. The good thing about masking tape is that it removes from the tablecloth easily, and would from wooden floors too without leaving  a mark when finished.

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Using straws to move the pompom about the pitch, we realised very quickly that Hubby has a lot more hot air inside him than myself and Miss A  do. There was a lot of giggling that carried on, and some very quick shouts of “goal”.

We left the pitch up for most of the day during this week, and played in five-minute bursts during the day. For a cost of nothing, we were all entertained with plenty of laughter, and it got the whole family talking and playing together without much effort at all.






  1. April 11, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    This looks like great homemade fun, just shows what you can do with a cardboard box and get hours of fun!

  2. April 11, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    This is such a great idea! What a fun way to spend the afternoon!

  3. April 12, 2014 / 9:47 am

    That’s brilliant! I expected it to be tiny, but it’s huge. What a great way to have some free fun – I think my teenagers should be set onto making that one 😀

  4. April 12, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    This is super cool. I made similar with the boys when they were younger. Cardboard is ace for all sorts

  5. April 12, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    What a great idea! Simple and loads of fun.

  6. April 12, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    What a clever idea! Look great!

  7. April 13, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    We’ve done this before and had hours of fun before someone stood on it lol

  8. April 13, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    i love it!!! What an amazing idea xxx

  9. April 13, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    I love the simplicity of this. Looks great fun

  10. April 14, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    Brilliant idea – so simple and effective. I also want your table cloth lol

  11. April 15, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    It looks good.
    It would make a fun Saturday afternoon project

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