I can’t put a cardboard box into the recycling bin without holding onto it for a few weeks and hoping that a cardboard-based project will come to me in the meantime.
So let me share with you the fate of the latest cardboard box. I’ve turned it into a Paddle Ball Game as a part of the #ohhandyolympics.
Here’s how to make your own Paddle Ball Game.
Draw a paddle onto your cardboard box. If you don’t rate your freestyle drawing skills, then trace a bowl onto the card and then you just have to freestyle a handle.
You’ll need a nice thick cardboard.
Cut up an egg carton. Figure out how many catchers you can fit onto your paddle.
Paint all your pieces.
Once dried, glue your catchers onto the paddle. (I used Mod Podge.)
Use a hole punch to create a hole at the top of your paddle.
Tie some string through the hole.
I used gaffer tape to secure the string to a ball. Not the prettiest option, but it works.
I initially had visions of creating a ball out of papier-mache…. but really who has time for that?
Depending on the thickness of your cardboard, you might like to reinforce your handle for longevity. Otherwise after a bit of use, the rounded part of your paddle could possibly bend and fold at the point where it meets the handle. You could tape a thick paddle pop stick to the back of your paddle. Or you could trace another paddle board and glue that to the back of your original board.
Let the Games Begin!