Desktop Football Toss Game - Building Plans

Monday, June 13, 2016 -
Make a desktop sized Father's Day Football Toss game with free building plans

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and contains affiliate links.

I've got a fun Father's day idea for you today that you can build in one afternoon and will cost less than $10 to make! Last Monday I told you about the Football Toss DIY Workshop, hosted at your local Home Depot store on Saturday, June 18th, at 10 A.M. 

The Home Depot offers workshops in each store all ages and experience levels. There are Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and kids workshops. They are a great way to learn how to build fun projects and become more comfortable with tools and home improvement. At the Father's Day Football Toss Workshop, you'll watch a free demonstration on how to build a football toss game, just like the one in the photo below. 

The truth be told, we're not huge sports fans in our house. We actually don't even own a real football. I decided to build a desktop sized game that can be played with paper footballs. Its totally fun!

Materials List:

Cut List:

  • (4) 7/16" x 1-3/8" @ 14"
  • (2) 7/16" x 1-3/8" @ 7-1/4"
  • (1) 1/4" x 7-1/4" @ 12"

1. First, I cut the front board down to 12" in length. 

Next, I cut a 2-1/2" diameter circle and a 4-1/2", each 1-1/4" from each edge, using *hole saws and a drill.

If you didn't want to buy a *set of hole saws, you could drill a small hole and use a *jigsaw to cut the holes instead. 

2. Next, from the door stop, I cut four, 14" legs. I attached a leg along each vertical side, on the backside of the front board, using glue and 5/8" wood screws.

3. I cut two, 7-1/4" lengths of door stop. Using more glue and screws, I attached the shorter pieces to the remaining legs, creating the back frame. I aligned the top cross piece flush with the top of the legs and spaced the second 9-1/2" apart.

4. Next, I laid the front section and the back frame face down on the workbench. 

On the backside of the legs, I attached *3/4" hinges.

5. At this point the basic goal was built. I painted the whole thing green and added some white stripes to imitate a football field. Once the paint was dry, I screwed in a small *screw eye to the inside of the frame and front panel. I tied an 8" length of *mason's line between the screws, so the legs couldn't spread too far apart.

All the was left was to fold some paper footballs and we were in business. 

FREE Father's Day Desktop Football Toss Game Tutorial

I cheated and gave my husband his Father's Day gift early so I could snap some photos of him playing. Isn't he handsome? : )

FREE building plans Father's Day Football Toss game

Its the perfect size for a desk or table top. 

My husband took his to work and has been challenging co-workers in the break room.

Desktop sized Football Toss FREEmbuilding plans

Remember last week when I said 23 other bloggers were coming up with their own version of the Football Toss game and we were going to party today? Here's the link to go check them out, and I promise you'll be impressed. Go see what they've come up with. I've got some talented friends!

The whole game took me only a couple hours to build and paint. Definitely a project you could finish in time for Father's Day. Like this idea? Pin the image below to save it for later! Make sure to use #DIYWORKSHOP so we can see what you create!

Desktop sized Football Toss building plans

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  1. I think this is the only version that's going to be used the most by dads. So stinking cute!

    1. Haha, thanks Christina! I agree, I think the majority of guys spend more time at their desk than the back yard. I'm glad you like it!


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