5 Amazing DIY Arcade Games

When you think of an arcade, your first thought is probably of a room with glowing video game screens. But arcades didn’t start out as high-tech amusements. There’s an amazing amount of inventiveness and fun you can create…no computers or even electricity required.

Try your hand at building these DIY arcade games from materials around your house!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Whack-A-Groundhog

    Celebrate Groundhog Day with a DIY whack-a-mole toy!

    Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Cranberry Catapult

    We love catapults around here at Kiwi Crate. Launching things is endless entertainment. This particular catapult that we created includes a nod to the Fall season and Thanksgiving. Cranberries make for the perfect ammunition. We tried Pom Poms too, and they worked just as well.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Marble Maze
    Marble Maze

    (Ages 5-11)

    We love getting multiple uses out of simple materials. That's why we created this easy DIY Marble maze. Not only will you repurpose an old crate or box to make the maze. But you will also be able to play multiple games out of one project! If your kids enjoy puzzles or strategy games then this would be a perfect DIY for your family.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Football
    Paper Football

    (Ages 5-8)

    Are you the type that would rather play football than sit down and watch it? Get creative and have fun playing with this miniature football game!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Tilt-to-Win
    Tilt-to-Win

    (Ages 3-8)

    Make your own arcade game with a few simple supplies!


Get inspired!