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DIY Tabletop Basketball Game – Fun Basketball Party Ideas

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March is here! Are you ready for spring AND some basketball? I know I’ll be cheering on my favorite team from Kansas! If you’re planning to watch some basketball games with your family or friends, I’m going to show you how to make this great DIY Tabletop Basketball Game for shooting some hoops while watching the games. Plus, I’ll show you how to create some fun basketball cookies to serve for snacking.

Lots of family fun and great for a basketball party! Make this DIY Tabletop Basketball Game

Make this fun DIY Basketball Game for your tabletop!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 7/8″ wood dowel (found in hobby wood dept at Home Depot)
  • PVC conduit support strap / bracket (found in electrical section at Home Depot)
  • 2″ C clamp
  • Black spray paint
  • White foamboard
  • Red marker
  • White plastic canvas / mesh sheet (from hobby store like Michaels)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Duct tape
  • Cheez-It Crunch’d for “basketballs”

Hardware supplies to make tabletop basketball hoop

Supplies: wood dowel, pvc conduit strap / bracket, c clamp

Saw 10" piece from wood dowel

Saw off a 10″ piece of wood dowel and lightly sand.

Spray paint 10" wood dowel and bracket housing with black spray paint

Spray paint dowel and bracket.

Enclose end of wood dowel in bracket

Affix the bottom of the dowel into the bracket and close (use some duct tape to keep the bracket clamped onto the wood dowel.

Cut 3" x 5" piece of foam board and draw red edging

Cut a 3″ x 5″ piece of foamboard and draw red edging and shoot box.

Cut piece of plastic mesh 8" to hot glue to backboard

Cut a 8″ x 2″ piece of white mesh for the net.

Use hot glue to create circle hoop about 2" in diameter

Hot glue together the mesh to create about a 2″ diameter basket (I overlapped 10 squares).

Affix mesh hoop to backboard

Center and hot glue the net to the foamboard at the bottom of the shooting square.

Tape backboard onto wood dowel and mount to table with 2" C clamp

Affix the bracket and dowel to the table with the C clamp then tape the foamboard onto the wood dowel.

Snacks and a fun game perfect for March tournament bracket basketball party

Gather your snacks and use the Cheez-It Crunch’d (with 100% real cheese!), as your basketballs for your tabletop basketball game.

Having fun shooting hoops on our DIY Tabletop Basketball Hoop


Family fun playing hoops on our DIY Tabletop Basketball Game

Family fun times!


Ready to shoot some hoops with Cheez-It Crunch'd and our DIY Tabletop Basketball Hoop



Fun for the whole family shooting hoops with this DIY tabletop basketball game!

Cheez-It Crunch'd is the perfect game snack for shooting hoops on a DIY tabletop basketball game

Shoot hoops with Cheez-It Crunch’d and this tabletop basketball game.

Great game and snacks perfect for a basketball party theme

Snacks and tabletop basketball game – ready for a basketball party!

You can pick up your Cheez-It Crunch’d and Grooves at Walmart.


Add some great basketball cookies to your basketball party snack food table! Here’s a look at how I created these great basketball cookies for our game party.

Basketball Cookies

I made royal icing using this recipe which used egg whites, vanilla extract, and confectioner’s sugar. Then added some Wilton orange gel food color. Used an icing bag to flood the cookies and the premade black bag icing for the stripes.

Make royal icing and decorate basketball cookies

Basketball party cookies

What do you think? Will you try to make the DIY tabletop basketball game or perhaps some basketball cookies for your next party? Be sure to check out the Most Valuable Cheese Contest that is taking place from Feb – April 2015. Users can vote on their favorite flavors/varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000.

What college basketball team will you be cheering on in the March tournament bracket?

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  1. Jen says

    This is such a cute idea! My son would love this! Thanks for sharing. Found you through the SoFab Facebook group – Cheez-It thread :)

  2. Samantha K says

    I love the tabletop basketball game! My kids would have something to keep them busy while we watch the game ;) #client

  3. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas says

    I love the game! My son always gets told about throwing things in the house, but this would give him an outlet for his skillz! haha… Definitely looks like a fun way to involve the kids on game day, since watching the real game gets a little long and boring for them.

    • Kimberly says

      Great Wendy! You can also make it more difficult by setting the distance from your shooting “line” to the hoop. Just be sure you’re ready for handling the misses that land on the floor!

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