Cardboard Teck

DIY Cardboard Pinball Kit

DIY Arcade

Want a pinball machine? Make it.

This Made in the USA, DIY pinball machine comes with everything you need (39 recyclable parts, easy-to-follow instructions, marbles, and blank cardboard) to make a full-fledged machine.

It was invented by two professors, who wanted to encourage technology-free exploration—which is why there are
no tools, batteries, or screens involved. All you need is an hour or so, and hands that are ready to fold.

Once you’ve built your base, customize the playfield with obstacles and pathways. The cardboard doubles as a canvas you can paint over—or, alternately, print out PinBox 3000’s graphics to add some of their colorful flair.

Now you can shoot, sling, and score using an American-made, homemade arcade game.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Pete

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce PinBox 3000 to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • ANA
    7/31/2017 11:30 AM

    I think my son would like to construct this and enjoy playing. About how big is it?

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    7/31/2017 11:56 AM

    @ANA When its constructed, its just about 24" x 14" x 12". Play it on the floor or on the tabletop. Easy to transport, with two interchangeable play fields. Its a good size for young makers.

    Unconstructed, in the box, the size is 24" x 14" x 3".

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    7/31/2017 12:26 PM

    And if you'd like to see a video of the construction itself you can do so here:

  • Barbara
    7/31/2017 11:35 AM

    How old do you think my nephew would have to be to assemble this for himself, or with parents' help?

  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    7/31/2017 11:59 AM

    @Barbara We like to tell people its a great project for Aunts and Uncles to help 7-9 year old nephews and nieces. Follow along with our construction video and you'll have a pinball ready in one hour. Its a pretty casual build, but there are one or two moments that could use a second pair of eyes.

    10 years and up should have no problem doing it themselves, but I'm sure Aunts and Uncles would appreciate the time well spent making and crafting together.

  • Sonya S
    Sonya S
    7/31/2017 12:08 PM

    How old can we be? My 73 year old friend has always liked pinball machine but hasn't been able to afford one. This one is affordable and shippable to Canada.



  • Pete
    Pete – Special Guest
    7/31/2017 12:20 PM

    @Sonya S Thats great! For the folks who remember growing up around pinball, this will bring you back! Think if it as a 3D puzzle, where the final "reveal" is a tabletop pinball. Good fun for ALL AGES.

    One grandpa said, "I put this together with my 13 year old granddaughter and she had so much fun, I'm going to have to buy her one now too!" What a compliment!

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