We went to the craft store and I told my girl she could pick out something small, while I was suggesting to her maybe a rubber stamp or something crafty, she discovered a small basketball and I immediately knew it was coming home with us–she almost wouldn’t fork it over to the cashier so we could pay for it. After we were home we realized it would be so much fun to have a hoop for it and then I got to work.
What you’ll need:
- A piece of thin cardboard: illustration board, mat-board, chipboard etc (the back of a pad of drawing paper is what I used) 12″ by 18″
- A strip of corrugated cardboard 7″ by 23″
- washi tape
- glue gun + glue sticks
- craft knife
Start by rounding the top two corners of the thin cardboard to look like a backboard. Then, add the square lines with washi tape.
Score the long strip of corrugated cardboard at 1″ from one end, then three 7″ sections, and at the last 1″. This creates two 1″ tabs at either end for gluing and the three sides of the hoop. fold it into shape and use more washi tape along the top edge to look like the rim. My girl also added some crayon scribbles to look like the net.
To connect the two pieces, I first hot glued the top corners of the hoop tabs to the backboard an inch or so up from the bottom edge of the backboard. To reinforce it I poked holes where I had glued with my craft knife and poked through the brads. I wanted to temporarily hang it on the wall so I used Command Strips.
That’s it! So fun!
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