Homemade DIY Foosball Table

Create a Homemade DIY Foosball Table with Lynn Lilly!

DIY Foosball Table
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Brr! As the days get shorter and colder, we like to find indoor games we can play during a virtual learning break. Foosball is a fun, indoor game you can play on the kitchen table. Grab a shoebox and some clothespin to make the winning mark. Kick the ball to score a goal!

This hands-on activity is a fun way to entertain a recess at home. It can also help show small kids how to use their hands in different ways. This kind of tactile practice can even help them develop important skills needed to do things like dress and feed themselves.

Check out the instructions below to get started. You can also find us on social media @GreatWolfLodge and tag #pawsnplay to let us know how you did.

How to Make a Foosball Table in 17 Steps


  • Foam Letters
  • 1 ¾” Clothes Pins
  • Scissors
  • Paint Marker
  • Box Cutter
  • Glue Stick
  • Liquid Glue
  • 4, 2/16′ Wooden Dowels
  • Shoe Box
  • Construction Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon
  • ¾” Pom-Pom
  • Decorative Tape

Time to Craft: 20 minutes

diy foosball table materials

Step 1:  Measure and mark with a pencil to make a rectangle on each end of the shoebox.

Step 2: Carefully cut out the rectangle on each end of the shoebox to make goals. This is an adult job. The box we used is 14×8.5”. Leave a 1.5” border.

shoebox foosball table

Step 3: Measure and cut ribbon to fit around the opening of the goals.

cardboard foosball table

Step 4: Secure the ribbon with liquid glue.

how to make a cardboard foosball table

Step 5: Trace the bottom of the box on construction paper.

Step 6: Cut this rectangle piece out. This is an adult job.

mini foosball table materials

Step 7: On the construction paper, measure 5 equal sections and draw lines with a paint marker. You can add arrows to help guide your players to score the correct goal.

diy foosball table

Step 8: Add glue to the back of the construction paper and secure to the bottom of the shoebox.

how to make a cardboard foosball table

Step 9: Add decorative tape to the edges of the shoebox for decoration.

Step 10: Evenly space the 4 wooden dowels on the box. Use the ruler to mark on the side of the box where the holes for the dowels will go.

mini foosball table

Step 11: Use the box cutter to make holes for the dowels on the side of the box approximately 2″ from the bottom. This is an adult job.

cardboard foosball game

Step 12: Once the holes are made, insert the dowels into the holes, leaving space for the dowels to hang outside of the box.

mini foosball table for 2 players

Step 13: Decorate the box with decorative tape and foam letters.

mini football table

Step 14: Fold small pieces of tape in half and place in between the clothespin to pinch it closed.

diy football table

Step 15: Place the clothespins on the dowels; we recommend adding 3 clothespins per dowel so you have an even team.

cardboard football table

Step 16: Grab a pom-pom to use as a ball and you’re ready to spin the dowels to kick the ball! Game on!

play your diy mini foosball table

We hope you had a blast making your very own foosball game. Visit us again soon for more ideas on how to have fun at home with the family during your eLearning recess break. If you’re curious about visiting Great Wolf Lodge, be sure to read our Paw Pledge. We’re committed to keeping your family safe while you play!


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