Cardboard Penny Hockey Game


I was first introduced to the game of Penny Hockey when I was in middle school. It was one of the projects the 2nd year shop students made.  I only took one year, but we were able to play the game when we finished our work early.  I wanted to give my nephew a Wooden Penny Hockey board for Christmas, but unfortunately there were some issues with the company I found to build the board.  I am still hoping to eventually get him an “official” wooden board, but decided to try a makeshift game in the meantime!


We do not own the tools to craft a board at home, but I have always been pretty handy with cardboard!  I decided to try making a cardboard version of Penny Hockey to see if my own little boys enjoyed the game.


I did a google image search for a penny hockey board and loosely based my design from the pictures.  There are a ton of tutorials to make a wooden board and you can follow the precise measurements.  My boys are only 2 and 5 and I was working on this project while they were fighting over Legos.  I didn’t have time for perfection!


  1.  Cardboard Box (roughly 9 x 12–my board is slightly larger)
  2. Wooden Dowel Rods
  3. Blue and Red Sharpie Markers
  4. X-Acto Knife or Scissors
  5. Tape
  6. Ruler
  7. Penny to Play!

 Cut a cardboard box down to size.

I had a cardboard envelope (from photos or a book that I ordered) that seemed like the perfect size.  A regular box would work as well, but the sides would need to be cut down further.  I don’t have any pictures, but I just cut the extra flaps off and cut down the sides and about a 1 inch lip.  Then I just taped the sides closed to secure.

 Draw the lines on the board.


  1.   I measured the center of the board and drew a solid red line with a Sharpie.
  2. Then I traced a paper bathroom Dixie cup to form the center circle.  Just use whatever objects you can find unless you want perfection.
  3.  Then I drew a solid blue line on each side at the end of the circle.
  4. Trace a quarter towards the end of each side of the box.  (Again I just eyeballed it.  I’m sure this isn’t to regulation standards).  Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the circle.
  5. Draw a solid red line at the edge of the hole.
  6. Trace half of the paper bathroom Dixie cup to form a semi-circle around the quarter hole.

Add dowel rod posts

  1.  I used the X-Acto knife to pierce a hole for the dowel rods to be inserted.
  2. My husband used a Dremel to cut a dowel rod into 7 pieces.  He made them 3/4 inch long.
  3. Use super glue to adhere the dowel rods into the holes.  (I originally just used Elmer’s glue and some of them weren’t very secure.  I had to go back and fix the weak ones).

Game Play:  

I don’t follow hockey so I am not aware of the real rules of the game.  Starting in the middle, you are supposed to flick the penny towards your goal.

Now my boys were simply pushing the penny and they were having fun!

You can see from the photo that this is before I reattached the pegs with superglue!


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