DIY Miniature Foosball Tables for Kids

Some of the best memories I have are building things with my mom.

She would come home with supplies and surprise me with a fun project we could put together.

We would spend a lot of time making it look nice and usually it was something we could use. Small games, or trinkets that I still have hanging in my office, years later.

I’ve put together a list with some of the best mini foosball tables you and your little ones can create. I tried each one with the niece and nephew.

Below I point out the major differences to help you choose the best mini foosball projects.

The projects are quick, affordable, and promise hours of fun, creating a bond between families which outlasts any shiny toy you could ever hope to buy.

The first type of fun homemade projects are:

Shoebox Foosball Tables

DIY Shoebox foosball tables are an awesome project to undertake. When the kiddos found out I was coming to visit and bringing a bunch of art supplies they were ecstatic. You get what you put into it design and art wise, and most of the pieces are really no problem to find lying around the house, except for the dowels (wooden rods).

Some of these supplies like the utility knife and glue need supervision from the adults, but most of the building can be done by the kids.

SafetyUtility knife and Hot glue require supervision
Time to complete30 minutes or less
Ages4-10

Here’s a list of the things you will need for these particular projects:

  • Shoebox
  • Small wooden dowels
  • Clothespins (10 in total)
  • Utility knife
  • Sharpie Marker (For making measurement marks)
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun or super glue
  • Paint or Spray paint for color!
  • Clear tape
  • Ping pong balls

Here is a list of the best Projects available:

Fatherly.com DIY Shoebox Foosball Table

Sport Squad FX40 Foosball Table

Fatherly.com put together an awesome still frame video that’s clear and easy to follow along with. Their instructions are laid out along the page with little GIF’s showcasing some of the features as you go along as well. I loved building this table and the little cutouts on top of the clothespins make us laugh every time my niece and nephew bust it out. This was our favorite guide to follow along with as well.

The Good

This design suggests cutting out pictures of famous soccer players, or any character for that matter, and putting them on top of the clothespin players. It gives an awesome flair to the table and can provoke a lot of giggles. My niece and nephew opted to put the Avengers heroes on top of their players and they absolutely love it.

The Bad

Shading in the field with a marker was somewhat minimalistic and I found it to be a lot quicker and more feasible to use paint, or tape a piece of colored paper where you would like to add some color and flair.

Here is the link for the Fatherly.com Shoebox Foosball Table guide. Enjoy:

https://www.fatherly.com/activities/diy-foosball-game-shoebox-clothespins/

Kidspot.com Shoebox Foosball Table

This guide is informative, straightforward, and suggests multiple options for you to explore if you’re lacking some supplies are just wish to use a slightly different method. For instance, instead of a shoebox, they’ve opted to use a regular box with similar dimensions, cut down and shaped to the size of a shoebox.

This build requires a lot of tape and actual liquid paints for coloring, which took me a little bit longer than some of the other projects as the paint took some time to try before we could use the painted pieces. Still, it was a fun project and my niece loved using different colored tapes to really customize her table.

The Good

I really enjoyed this guide for its suggestions on different alternatives for supplies, like plastic dowels instead of the wooden ones, or using a glass marble instead of a ping pong ball. The guide is well written and explains everything in a very-easy-to-understand format. The pictures are great and give you a reference point to see if your project is following along with the instructions. We had a blast building this table and my niece still has the table she made tucked away somewhere.

The Bad

Out of spirit to follow the guide along as closely as I could, I too opted for a regular box that I could cut into the shape of a table, but I felt the amount of tape and cutting to make it accurate took a little more time than if you had a shoebox available. The liquid paints were fun, but it got pretty messy and the paint took some time to dry.

You can read and follow this awesome guide, here:

http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/activities/diy-a-cute-mini-foosball-table

But, we haven’t even gotten to the best part…

U-createcrafts.com Shoebox Foosball Table

The writer of this guide built a shoebox foosball table so that, like her husband and son, her younger daughters could play as well, as they couldn’t really reach the full sized table. It was a huge success with her kids, and this was my niece and nephews favorite project from our shoebox category. It’s easy to build, as the design and coloring uses printed wallpaper and the men and rods are colored with spray paint, which made the table vibrant and the paint dried quickly, which means playing sooner!

The Good

My favorite part of this table is the ease it takes to make it look great. My nephew took the helm on this one, deciding to use space-themed wrapping paper. We painted the men and dowels with glitter spray paint so they looked a little like stars. We also used a sharpy to make our little ping pong ball look like the moon. He absolutely loved it and played the table until it fell apart. This was the easiest guide to follow and the quickest to build at just a little over 20 minutes.

The Bad

The only bad thing I could think of with this table is using the spray paint for coloring. It can quickly become a mess in the hands of smaller kids and it can’t be done inside. You’ll need a well-ventilated area to paint in for this one.

Check out this great guide for yourself at:

DIY Mini Foosball Table…perfect for kids!

Muminthemadhouse.com Shoebox Foosball Project

This mother from the UK was looking to keep the soccer spirit alive during the rainy season for her little ones, crafting a surprisingly well-detailed shoebox foosball table, and giving easy instructions so that your kids can build their very own too.

The Good

Using putty or clay for the grips on the ends of the rods is probably my favorite idea out of all the guides. It’s fun for the kids to roll them up and it adds a dimension of control that I found the other tables lacked. The design for the player pegs was really intuitive as well, adding a lot of detail, whereas some of the other tables relied on flat colors. She even suggests painting numbers on the pegs!

The Bad

This table also uses a lot of tape in its design, making the project a tad bit longer compared to just cutting out the wrapping paper and using a smaller amount. The tape does however, make the shoebox table much more sturdy and extends its life considerably. This design used smaller dowels which are less sturdy than thicker ones used in some of the other tables, so keep an eye out for broken or splintered dowels, which can easily be replaced. We opted to use thicker dowels from the get go, and this might be better for you as well.

Those are all of the great and amazing guides for our shoebox tabletop foosball projects! These tables are so much fun to build, they’re easy, and the kids love making them their own. I know you’ll have just as much fun as the kids and I did.

Shoebox table football/foosball table

This next table is super unique.

Mini Lego Foosball Table

Who doesn’t love Legos? Usually it’s building cool sculptures or fun houses and cars, but with this guide you can build a fully functional mini foosball table. Time to pull some of those landmines off the carpet and put them to good use.

This project requires a few specialty bricks, mainly Technic axles(used for rods). Technic connecting pieces, for the bearings, and 16 Technic L-shaped lift arms. Many of these pieces are found in regular sets, but you may have to revert to purchasing some of the kits with the required pieces.

You can purchase these pieces for cent’s on Bricklink.com and Amazon offers sets for around $15.00. You will have to end up paying a little bit if you lack the pieces, but it’s absolutely worth the investment.

Ages5-13
Time to complete30-45 minutes, May take longer due to searching for specific pieces
SafetyVery safe

Frugalfun4boys.com Homemade Lego Foosball Table

Sarah from frugalfun4boys.com has designed and built an amazing looking table from lego blocks which are easily found in almost every set. The guide roughly outlines the dimensions for the table, but really this guide has a lot of play in how your kids want to make it look. When the kids aren’t playing on it, it looks great on display The niece and nephew built stands on each side of the board with little lego spectators cheering them on.

Here’s a list of the pieces you’ll need:

  • 8 – red Technic liftarms, 2 x 4 L-shaped, thick
  • 15 – red Technic connectors, smooth, x-shaped hole
  • 3 – light gray Technic connectors, smooth, x-shaped hole
  • 8 – light gray Technic liftarms, 2 x 4 L-shaped, thick
  • 115 – 2 x 4 light gray tiles
  • 2 – 1 x 2 light gray tiles
  • 3 – 1 x 6 light gray tiles
  • 1 – 1 x 4 light gray tile
  • 6 – 2 x 2 white tiles
  • 12 – 1 x 2 dark gray Technic bricks
  • 10 – Technic axles, 12 studs long
  • 8 – Technic axles, 10 studs long

The Good

I can’t say enough about this awesome table. It was easy to put together, and the design really just depends on how your kids want it. Of course, it’s better to have the field a certain length and width to become an actual foosball table, but the colors, frame, and backdrop are limited only by imagination.

The goals can be widened to make it easier for the kids to score, or shortened to make it extra challenging. It was a blast to build and nephew is so proud of it, he has it on display in his room when they aren’t playing it.

The Bad

The guide gives you the rough dimensions of the playing field, but little direction is given on the actual construction of the table and frame. It’s going to take a little bit of problem-solving to put together, but I feel that this is good critical thinking training. It may be difficult to find the exact pieces needed for this table, so you might have to order them online.

In conclusion, this table was so much fun to build with the kids and its durability ensures it will last for a very long time. My niece and nephew have had theirs for a year or so now and they still build onto it and change things, so the fun factor is limitless. I highly recommend giving this guide a try!

How to Build a LEGO Foosball Game

Wooden DIY Mini Foosball Table

Ages5-13
Time to complete30 minutes-1 hour
SafetyVery safe, Adult supervision is required for power tools

filthwizardry.com Wooden Mini Foosball Table

This guide highlights building a miniature foosball out of a much stronger material than a cardboard shoebox; wood. Using a small CD box, in this guides case, or a slightly larger box if you have one, removes a lot of the hassle involved with actually building the field. This guide was easy to follow along with and it has a lot of great pictures for reference.

Below is an example:

Some of the things you will need:

  • Clothespins
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Wooden Box
  • Drill(Hand or powered)
  • Wooden beads
  • Paint
  • Marbles
  • The Good

Being as the frame is made of wood, this table is much more durable than some of the others we have listed, besides the lego table. My niece took charge on this project and painted the outside of the box, making it look great and adding more flair. I also really like the idea of gluing wooden beads on the end of the rods for grips. Adds a really nice touch.

The Bad

The guide mentions using a slightly larger dowel for the rods, as the small ones are somewhat flimsy, so be sure to keep that in mind. This guide also uses liquid paint, which takes a little longer to dry and is quite messy. This project also requires a drill, opposed to the other projects in our list which require no tools, so it’s an added step which requires supervision. The table pictured also looks a bit too narrow, so I recommend looking for a box with a little wider dimensions.

All in all, the table the kids and I made is sturdy, fun to play, and gave the kids a great opportunity to learn a little bit about using a powered drill. This a great project and leaves you with a higher quality table, lasting longer and providing more fun.

Check it out here:

http://www.filthwizardry.com/2009/11/clothes-pegs-and-foosball.html

Premade DIY Package

Ages5-13
Time to complete30 minutes-1 hour
SafetyVery safe as it requires no tools and the pieces just snap into place

Seedling.com

The guys over at seedling.com have put together a premade table including everything you need to build an awesome, durable, and great looking table. The manufacturing quality is top notch, and the table has a much more sturdy look and fool to it. It’s more expensive than the other DIY tables, but the value for price is worth spending the extra bucks on. I bought this kit for my cousin Gav and we had a blast building and playing on it.

Here’s a list of everything that comes with the kit:

  • Wooden foosball box
  • Green felt field
  • Wooden dowel rods
  • Wooden balls
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Washi tape
  • White paper flags
  • Seedling marker pack
  • Foosball paper player sheet
  • Instructions

Ages
5-13
Time to complete
30 minutes-1 hour
Safety
Very safe as it requires no tools and the pieces just snap into place

The Good

What I like most about this table is the quality it has. The frame is super sturdy, uses wooden foosballs, and the dowels are the perfect size and weight. It was the easiest table out of all the tables in our list to build and took the shortest amount of time. It looks great, plays great, and is an excellent piece.

The Bad

This table is more expensive than the other projects in this build, which is one of the only downsides I could find. The men come stenciled into a sheet, which makes them somewhat less sturdy than the wooden dowels or lego pieces.

This table was well worth the extra bucks and now my cousin has a table that will last him a long time and he begs for us to play anytime I’m visiting for the holidays. Seedless is a fantastic company with many other great products besides this premade package.

Check Seedling out here:
Make a Mini Foosball Table

Thank you!

Thank you so much for sticking with me to the end of this guide.

I’m confident you and your little ones have a found a project or two that you’ll really love. Keep an eye out for some of our other amazing guides! Please share if you liked this guide!

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