Are your kids huge Nerf Gun fans too? Then they’ll love these cool DIY spinning Nerf targets made out of cardboard boxes. It’s super cheap to make and the kids will have a blast.
We’ve made tons of different Nerf Targets but the spinning targets seem to be the kid’s favorite. They love the challenge of trying to hit a moving target. Plus it’s a great way to use up all those Amazon boxes to create a fun cardboard toy for your kids.
Follow along and find out how to make the best DIY spining Nerf Targets.
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DIY Spinning Nerf Targets with Cardboard
For our spinning Nerf targets we added even more fun with cardboard targets on top of the box too. This gives each child several places to shot on each turn.
What You Need to Make a Nerf Target
You only need a few items to make this cool target.
- Cardboard Box
- Long stick (chopstick, wooden skewer)
- Masking tape
- Exacto Knife
Tip: I like using a box instead of an open board because it collects all the nerf bullets for you. But you could easily use a fold-out cardboard box too and just lean it against a wall.
How to Make a Spinning Nerf Target
There are only a few steps to follow to make your spinning Nerf Target.
Get your box ready. We like to spray paint our box with camouflage paint to add to the Nerf feel. Check out our spray paint method in our Nerf Party Guide.
Depending on the size of the box decided how many spinning targets you can fit on your box. Use your wooden skewer to help decide your spacing. Then use an Exacto knife to cut out circles.
Take the new cut-out circles and use scissors to cut them a little smaller. They need to be small enough to spin around in the hole you made in the box.
Cut a piece of a straw and attach it on the back of the cut out circle. It should not go across the whole circle. Tape the straw near the top of the cut out circle like shown above.
Then make sure your stick (wooden skewer) goes through the straw.
At the bottom of your circle tape a penny to the back. This will act as a weight for your target.
The wooden skewer should now be in the staw on the cardboard circle with the penny tapped on the bottom. Now tape each side of the wooden skewer to the hole in your box.
Make sure to position your target so it can spin in the opening before you tape it down.
It’s time to play! Let the kids practice and see how many times they can hit the Nerf Targets.
Paper Towel Targets
We added a few more targets on top of the box with cardboard paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls. Then on top of that, we add a ping pong ball. The ping pong balls are lightweight so it’s easy to knock them off the rolls.
The kids can also just try to knock down paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls if you don’t have ping pong balls.
Need More Nerf Targets & Game Ideas?
Keep your kids busy all day at home with fun Nerf Gun Games & DIY Targets. We created tons of cool targets from tin cans, pool noodles, paper plates, solo cups, and more. All are easy DIY target ideas your kids will enjoy.
Once your done shooting targets try some fun Nerf Games from Capture the Flag to Zombies vs. Human with your neighbors.
Use all of these cool ideas to throw the Ultimate Nerf Birthday Party. This is hands down my kid’s favorite birthday party ever and I’ll show you all the secrets to throwing an unforgettable party.
What’s the Best Nerf Gun for Kids?
Wondering what is the best Nerf Gun for your child? Check out our list of the best Nerf Guns for kids. The review was created by kids and parents who actually used each of these Nerf Guns so you can find out how they really work.
If you like finding ways to recycle cardboard boxes into kids’ activities try these fun ideas. It’s a great way to save money and teach your kids about reusing recycled items at home.
10 Cool Things to Make with Cardboard – Turn all your Cardboard boxes into fun crafts, toys, reading nooks & more.
DIY Cardboard Marble Run – Make a cool Marble run with an old box and paper towel rolls for a fun STEM project at home.
Easy Cardboard Butterfly Craft Ideas for Kids – Turn those old cardboard boxes into beautiful butterflies.
I hope you enjoyed this article and are ready to make your own DIY Spinning Nerf Targets. Your kids are going to have a blast!
Do you have a target your kids like to use? Share it in the comments so we all can learn!
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