How to Make Cardboard Tabletop Billiards Pool Table Craft for Kids

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So what if you can’t afford a big expensive pool table to play billiards with. Today we will show you how to make a tabletop billiards game that you can make with a recycled cardboard box and some checkers (or bottle caps). If you can flick with your finger, than you will be able to play this game. Instructions for building your own cardboard pool table is illustrated below.



How to Make a Toy Pool Table with Checkers and Cardboard



How to Make Cardboard Tabletop Billiards Pool Table Craft for Kids

Crafts Materials Needed

– A cardboard box, preferably with low sides (but you can also just cut it to be a low box.  (About 30 inches by 20 inches would be good)

– Checkers or milk container crafts … you need 21 caps or checkers.

– felt or paint

– A paper or plastic cup

– tape

– glue

– scissors

– tape

Step 1



Step 1 : Making Cardboard Billiards Pool Table Games Crafts Activity



If you don’t have a low-sides box then cut it down so the sides are low.

Step 2




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To make this look more like a pool table, you want red or green paint or felt on the bottom of the table. This is just decorative, so if you don’t have either felt or paint, then pass by this step.

Step 3



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When paint or glue is dry, then you can move on to this step. Take the cut and trace out circles on all 4 corners of the box. Cut out these circles on all 4 sides.

Step 4



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If your Mom has any old stockings, ask her if you can use them for this project. As a last resort, you can use socks, but stockings are preferable. Cut the feet off of 4 feet on either stockings or socks.

Step 5



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Turn the box over and paste the stockings around the circles..these will be the pool table’s pockets where the pieces will be caught.

Step 5



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Now take very thin cardboard and cut a thin strip from it.

Step 6



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Now wrap this thin cardboard around the third finger…this is your flicking finger. This will help you flick without it being painful. Don’t do it too tight or you will lose circulation in your finger.

Wrap clear tape all around this finger to keep it in place.

Step 7

Do you have checkers? If the answer is yes…then make sure that you have 10 black checkers and 10 red checkers. You also need one piece that is a different color. You can paint that other piece another color or take a white piece of paper and tape or glue it to the extra piece.

If you don’t have checkers, than you will need 21 milk carton caps.  You need 10 caps in one color, 10 in another color, and one cap that is another color. In the example picture below, we have 10 black, 10 red, and 1 white. You can use paint or buy containers with specific color caps, though this could take forever.

Step 8



How to Make a Toy Pool Table with Checkers and Cardboard



The above picture illustrates that way that you set up the table. You put the one white piece in the center of the board and then you put the other pieces the way that you see above.

How to Play Flicking Finger Billiards

Each Player or Team Has a Color. The Team or Player who Has Chosen to be black, goes first.

The player with a black checker, tries to flick it against a red checker to get it into one of the 4 pockets. If he DOES get a red checker into a corner pocket, then he gets to go again. If he does not get a red checker into a pocket, then it is the red checker player’s turn. The player with a red checker, needs to try to flick his red checker into a black checker to make the black checker go into a pocket.

The players should try to avoid hitting the white checker into a pocket. If either player flicks the white checker into a pocket, then he will need to take that white checker  AND one of his checkers out of the pocket and back onto the table.

The first player to flick all of the other players checkers into the pockets wins.

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