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Halloween Plinko Game



This was one of the most fun projects I've done. Because it's something I would have wanted to do when I was a kid. I decided to make this "plinko" board for our church fall festival, and now I can also use it for trick-or-treaters.

The idea is rather than just walk up and get candy, have some fun and get a shot at MORE candy. Either 1, 2, or 3 pieces.

This project is also about 95% reclaimed.
- I put a request out on my local facebook community page and got a hollow core door someone was throwing away (I wanted that to save on weight, but if I did it over, I’d use ¼ or 3/8 plywood, easier to work with and paint). I used the hinges on the back support.
- The sides, base and leg supports are 2x4’s ripped in half from a new build subdivision dumpster.
- The candy corn are baluster cut offs from a friends deck that was being torn off (I got these a couple months ago and didn’t know what I was going to do with them #hoarder)
- the plinko chips are just cut logs and I put 3 coats of poly on one side, turns out the natural finish is better, poly side is too fast on the board
I did have to buy orange and white spray paint.
I glued/clamped the sides in place and notched the base to hold the orange point dividers, then painted the whole board black. I created a frame to act as a kickstand and glued supports onto the back. I would later add 4 inch lag screws to this since once complete I knocked it over and the support broke free . To make the candy corn I and my 5 year old son removed the nails and cut off the angled ends of the deck posts, gave them an orange coat, then white and yellow. Once everything was dry I glued the candy corn in place randomly and added the numbers to the bottom. The game went through about 200 kids and a few candy corns did break off so I will be screwing them on for the big neighborhood trick or treat.

This project took for ever and I loved almost every minute of it! If you don't want to tackle a project this big, just make the candy corn for decorations, use 2x2's and cut 45 degrees off the top (see pic). They are easy and unique!

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  • This is such a cool idea! What a fun way to add a little something special to ordinary trick-or-treating. Wonderful use of available material, too. This is definitely an upcycle to be proud of.
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 31, 2016

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Halloween Plinko Game

by DI Y did I try that?
Oct 30, 2016

This was one of the most fun projects I've done. Because it's something I would have wanted to do when I was a kid. I decided to make this "plinko" board for our church fall festival, and now I can also use it for trick-or-treaters. The idea is rather than just walk up and get candy, have some fun and get a shot at MORE candy. Either 1, 2, or 3 pieces. This project is also about 95% reclaimed. - I put a request out on my local facebook community page and got a hollow core door someone was throwing away (I wanted that to save on weight, but if I did it over, I’d use ¼ or 3/8 plywood, easier to work with and paint). I used the hinges on the back support. - The sides, base and leg supports are 2x4’s ripped in half from a new build subdivision dumpster. - The candy corn are baluster cut offs from a friends deck that was being torn off (I got these a couple months ago and didn’t know what I was going to do with them #hoarder) - the plinko chips are just cut logs and I put 3 coats of poly on one side, turns out the natural finish is better, poly side is too fast on the board I did have to buy orange and white spray paint. I glued/clamped the sides in place and notched the base to hold the orange point dividers, then painted the whole board black. I created a frame to act as a kickstand and glued supports onto the back. I would later add 4 inch lag screws to this since once complete I knocked it over and the support broke free . To make the candy corn I and my 5 year old son removed the nails and cut off the angled ends of the deck posts, gave them an orange coat, then white and yellow. Once everything was dry I glued the candy corn in place randomly and added the numbers to the bottom. The game went through about 200 kids and a few candy corns did break off so I will be screwing them on for the big neighborhood trick or treat. This project took for ever and I loved almost every minute of it! If you don't want to tackle a project this big, just make the candy corn for decorations, use 2x2's and cut 45 degrees off the top (see pic). They are easy and unique!