1. Determine how you want the clothespins on the dowels. I used two “goalies” on each end and three middle guys. So each child only needs to handle two dowels.
2. Stand the clothespins up and put the dowel right against the outside of the box (see the picture above.)
3. About 1/4 above the dowel, put a mark for the hole. You want the clothespins to be able to move without hitting the bottom of the box.
4. Make a hole on your mark by pushing the tip of the X-Acto knife in and turning it around. It makes a perfect hole when you use a sharp blade. Next push the dowel through and mark the inside of the box where you want the hole on the other side.
In the picture below you can see where we have made the holes on one side of the box and marked the other side of the box for the next set of holes.
5. Put the dowels in and the clothespins on where you want. Mark where the clothespins are because you have to take it all apart in order to glue and paint it.
6. Hot glue the clothespins on the dowels.
7. Take your dowels with glued clothespins and paint them
8. Cover the box with wrapping paper. The girls picked this out too.
9. Cut out a large “goal” on either end of the box.
10. Put the dowels back in and drop in a ping pong ball.
Now you have an adorable kid-sized football “table”. Your kids will LOVE it. Not only do they love it because they can play football with each other, but because they got to help make it.