DIY Target Shooting Game
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"I built this target shooting game for our residents at the aged care home that I work at. I wanted to make a simple game that they would be able to play without too much effort. I decided to make it out of felt because it was a cheap option. If you can knit and want to make this game then you are made. Because we all know how velcro grabs on to woollen cardigans. This game is fun for any ages and big or small groups."
Primary TechniqueFabric Crafts
- Ping pong balls
- Velcro tape
- plastic cup
- wooden board
My board was already a large circle because it was an MDF tabletop. The diameter of the circle is 60cm. I added the foam because with the first attempt the balls would hit the board with such force they would bounce off.
The foam is to cushion the blow and make the balls stick. I try to build all my projects using recycled materials, so my foam was an old magnetic eggshell mattress. The foam was cut to the size of the board and glued in place. I removed all the magnets
Cover the board with the black cotton and staple it to the back. I only used cotton because I felt was not long enough. Don't pull the cotton too tight, the target must still be bouncy once covered.
Because I could only get A4 sheets of felt I had to sew them together. I used a zig-zag stick to join them
Using a piece of Kraft paper I made a circle template for the targets. And cut around the circle.
I measured the board and found my centre and marked it with pins. Using the spray adhesive glue the first circle was glued in place. Using the pins as a guide.
The paper circle was used as a temple for the next colour. Place it over the bottom colour to protect it from overspray from the spray adhesive.
Just repeat this step until all the colours have been added.
Don't soak the felt in adhesive it will cause the fibres to get flat. Add your felt numbers to the target.
The back of velcro strips was self-adhesive, which was sticky enough to add directly to the ping pong ball. I cut the strips in half and covered the surface of the ball.
To make my "Gun" I used a plastic cup I had at home and cut off the bottom. I was lazy and used my tabletop sander. I removed any sharp edges with sandpaper. Using a balloon tie a knot in the end and cut off the top. The balloon is then stretched over the cup. The ball is put in the cup the knot in the balloon is pulled back and let go. The knot then hits the ball sending it flying out of the cup to the target.
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