How to make a mini-bowling game

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How to make a Mini-Bowling Game

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Project Overview

With just a few basic materials, you can create a kid-size bowling alley in your own home. It’s heaps of fun to play and a great way to make good use of your spare time.

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Occasionally the nozzle on a used can of spray paint can get clogged and stop working. A quick and easy solution is to pour a small amount of mineral turpentine into a bucket, then remove the nozzle from the top of the can and place it in the bucket. After about three minutes, remove the nozzle, dry it off and reattach it to the spray can. Shake the can well then give it a spray, with the blockage gone your paint should come out no problem at all.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the pipe
2 Glue the bases onto each pipe
3 Spray paint the pipes
4 Paint the caps
5 Finish the pins
6 Start bowling
  • Step 1. Cut the pipe

    Use the saw and mitre box to cut the PVC pipe into three equal pieces. These will make become your bowling pins. Ask a parent to help, or just get them to do it for you. And make sure you wear your safety gear.
  • Step 2. Glue the bases onto each pipe

    Next, take the PVC bases and glue them onto one end of each piece of pipe and leave to dry. 

  • Step 3. Spray paint the pipes

    Now, spray paint the pipes and bases a different colour. Make sure you’re wearing your goggles and mask.

  • Step 4. Paint the caps

    While the pipes and bases are drying, spray paint the PVC caps. Choose a different colour for each one.

  • Step 5. Finish the pins

    Once the caps are dry, attach each one to the other ends of your pipes, and your pins are complete.

  • Step 6. Start bowling

    Now all you need to do is line up your pins, grab a ball and start bowling. You can set up the game in your passage or in the backyard. You could even use a bit of astro-turf with some gaffer tape for the gutters.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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