How to make a rubber band pinball game

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How to make a rubber band pinball game

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Project Overview

Make a pin ball table out of some rubber bands and some nails! It’s heaps of fun and easy to make. Challenge your friends to see who can keep their marble on the board the longest.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark out your board
2 Hammer in the nails
3 Place in the pegs
4 Add the obstacles
5 Add the rubber bands
6 Create a catapult
7 Create an angle
8 Time to play ball!
  • Step 1. Mark out your board

    Get a Bunnings team member to cut a piece of dressed pine board to 45 cm length. With a ruler measure 10cm from the end of the rectangle piece on the right side and mark it. Then do the same on the left side. Then measure in 1cm from the long edge on both sides at the 10 cm mark and make another mark. Measure up from this mark 20cm and measure in another 1 cm and draw square line that runs parallel to the long edge of the rectangle. Do this on the other side.

    Now take a dinner plate and place it bottom up on the timber and align it so each edge of the plate intersects the two lines you have drawn on either side of the timber. Then trace around the dinner plate from one line to the other side to form a horse shoe shape. Now on the right-hand side at the start of your drawn line, measure in 4cm from the edge of the timber and make a mark. Then about 21cm up from this mark measure in another 4cm from the edge and draw a line down from this mark to the first mark so that you now have a line running parallel to your first line on the right-hand side of the timber.

    Next measure up 9cm from the bottom of the board and then 1cm in and make a mark. This mark will be 1cm down from the start of your outside right hand line. Then measure up 2.5cm from the bottom of the right-hand side. From this point measure across 2cm and make a mark. Do this on the left side. Then on the right edge measure up 1cm from there measure in 8.5cm and make a mark. Do this on the left side as well. On the right-side measure 4.5cm from the bottom of the timber and make a mark. Do this on the other side. From this mark measure 9cm across and make another mark. Repeat this on the other side as well.

  • Step 2. Hammer in the nails

    Now we’ll hammer in the nails around the lines and marks that we’ve drawn on the board. Hammer in nails all along the dinner plate arc at equal distance from each other. Now hook up the rubber bands onto all the nails. Hook a rubber band from the bottom nail to the top and hook one on the adjacent nails running parallel to the far right hand side. Now along the arc, hook a rubber band on the first and 4th nail on the right-hand side and thread it behind the 2nd and 3rd nails on this arc. Then hook a rubber band from the 4th nail to the 6th nail and thread it behind the 5th nail. Hook a rubber band from the 6th nail to the 8th nail threading it behind the 7th nail on the arc. Hook a rubber band to the bottom nails on the left-hand side. Repeat on the right-hand side. 

  • Step 3. Place in the pegs

    Now we’ll place the pegs to the board, these will be your flippers. Angle the pegs down so that they form a funnel down into the centre of the board. Now hammer a nail into the centre hole of each peg. Then hammer two nails hard against the bottom edge of each peg.

  • Step 4. Add the obstacles

    Now we’re going to add some obstacles to enhance the game play. In the top middle of the board place three furniture stoppers in a triangle pattern. One at the top and two below it. Take the furniture stopper screws and screw them into the board, fixing the stoppers to the table. Just above the two base stoppers and right in the middle hammer in one nail. Then hammer in another nail about 15cm down and in line with it. On the right-hand side to the left of the shooting lane, hammer a nail about 10cm down from the top right along side the rubber band. Do the same on the left-hand side far rubber band wall. Then hammer another nail 6cm down and about 5cm into the middle of the board. Do the same from the left-hand side.

  • Step 5. Add the rubber bands

    Hook two rubber bands over these two nails. On the right-hand side add a rubber band from the top of the shooting lane to the nail that is 5cm into the board, wrapping it behind the nail between them. On the left-hand side, hook a rubber band to the nail at the base of the left-hand arc to the nail that is 5cm into the board and wrap it behind the nail between them.

  • Step 6. Create a catapult

    At the bottom of the marble corridor hook up a small 2 cm rubber band across from the first nail joining the two adjacent sides. Then take another 2 cm rubber band and hook it underneath these small rubber bands and loop them over to create a hook that binds the two rubber bands together. This will be our catapult.

  • Step 7. Create an angle

    Add furniture protector as feet at the top end on the underside of the board to create an angle. The higher the angle, the harder the game. Adjust this angle to suit your playing style. 
  • Step 8. Time to play ball!

    You have now created your rubber pinball game and all that is left to do is give it a go.

Tools and Materials


  • Hammer
  • Philips head screw driver
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Standard sized dinner plate
  • Marble
  • Bag of Large Rubber Bands


  • Dressed Pine Board
  • Bullet Head nails 30 x 2.0mm
  • Tontarelli Clothes Pegs - 10 Pack
  • Screw On Bumpers 22mm

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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