Today we will show you how to make a pinball machine out of an old – recycled VHS / VCR tape. This is a fun craft for older kids and teens.
How to Make Pinball Machine Game from Old Recycled VCR Tapes Craft
Crafts Materials Needed
– VCR Tape
– Screw Driver
– (optional) Glue Gun (Parental Supervision or Help) or Glue
– (optional) Stickers
Take the screws out of the vcr / vhs tape to open it up.
Open up the casing so that the vhs tape looks like this. You can make a Rubber Band Powered Car Out of the 2 Spools if You want.
Take everything out of the vhs tape so that it looks like this. Store all of the parts as you will use them later.
Bend the metal part to look like a check mark, as pictured above.
Use scissors to cut a slit, as pictured above.
Put check mark through slit and glue it there from the outside of the tape.
Now cut a hole directly under neath the hole that you see in the metal pieced-check mark that we just glued to the tape.
Now take a paper clip…
And unfold it so that there is a loop on one and … then stick the straight end through the hole in the vhs tape and the metal check mark..
Now fold the paper clip around the check mark to keep it connected.
Now glue small parts to inside of the vhs tape for barriers.
Take the part of the vhs tape that looks like this and…
Glue it to the bottom, back side of the tape for a bit of a tilt.
Step 12 (Optional)
to make spinners…fold little pieces of paper and fold them like an accordion…backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards…
Then glue the starting piece to the ending piece to form a star like shape.
Finished Pinball Machine
I decorated the pinball machine with stickers to make it more fun to look at…but these are optional.
You can use beads or candy to shoot up into the pinball machine…just pull the paper clip down and release.
Now notice that there are numbers on the board. When the marble, or bead or candy lands on one of the barriers, they get that number of points.
Here are some other Pinball Making Tutorials Online that will give you some great ideas. Read them below
Use Your Creativity to Make More Obstacles
Fire the marble out of the cannon / plunger by lowering the pencil a bit, putting the marble in the top of the cannon, and then pull the pencil down, and let go. Now hit the flipper to keep the ball up in the air longer. Write the number of points that you get with each turn down on a piece of paper. However…make your pinball machine the way that you WANT it to be…no the way that I want mine to be like.
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