How to Make Your Own Plinko Board

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How to Make Your Own Plinko Board
Poker chips are the perfect size for a pegboard Plinko board. (trio of poker chip stacks image by Margaret M Stewart from

Of all the games on The Price is Right, Plinko is one of the most popular. A contestant stands at the top of a large board and releases a flat chip onto the board. The chip will fall through the board and land in a slot. The amount of money won depends on the slot where the chip landed. The nice thing about Plinko is that since there are no moving parts, you can make your own board with just a few materials and play the game at home.

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Things you need

  • 2 by 4-foot pegboard
  • 1 1/4-inch pegs
  • Poker chips
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    Orient the board so that it is 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

  2. 2

    Insert 10 pegs to make a row across the board, skipping one hole between each peg. Center the row on the pegboard and make it a few inches below the top.

  3. 3

    Place a row of nine pegs below the first row, skipping a row of holes. These pegs should be offset of the first, meaning that each peg should be directly beneath the skipped hole in the row above.

  4. 4

    Skip a row of holes and place a set of 10 pegs oriented like the first row. Continue this process of making offset rows of 10 and nine pegs until you have made 13 rows.

  5. 5

    Insert a peg four holes beneath each peg in the last row. These pegs will mark the start of the troughs that the chips fall into. Place six more pegs directly beneath each of these pegs to create the troughs. At the very bottom of the trough, place an additional peg in the skipped holes so that the chips will not fall out.

  6. 6

    Place a rubber band around the leftmost peg of the top three rows. This will create a bumper to keep the chip on the track. Repeat the process down the entire left side, staring with rows three, four and five, and then do the right as well. Run a rubber band from the left peg on the last row (the 13th) to the start of the trough for that row. Do that same on the right side.

  7. 7

    Tape paper around the outside of the board, covering everything outside of the pegs. This is optional, but it makes the board look much better.

  8. 8

    Write the denominations for each trough underneath it. Starting from the left they are: 100, 500, 1000, 0, 5000, 0, 1000, 500 and 100.

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