How to make a homemade basketball hoop

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How to make a homemade basketball hoop
Venture back to olden days with a homemade basketball hoop made from a milk crate. (red and black crates image by robert mobley from

Adding a basketball hoop inside or outside your home is sure to please the sports lover in your family. Whether it is you, your child, or your spouse who can't get enough of the game, a homemade hoop will provide years and years of enjoyment. While it is simple to go to any sporting goods store and purchase a standard basketball hoop, it is also just as easy (and inexpensive) to make your own at home.

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Things you need

  • Milk crate
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper

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    Purchase a standard milk crate. Milk crates are made of plastic and are used to transport milk and other dairy products to stores across the United States. A milk crate can range in cost, but will usually be less than £6. Look in the home section of any department store to find one. Pick up a box of common nails, a handsaw and a hammer, too, if you do not have these items at home.

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    Cut the bottom out of the milk crate. The purpose here is to ensure that the ball falls through the milk crate when you take a shot. Use a handsaw to cut through the crate and use heavy grit sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges.

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    Find the perfect spot for your homemade basketball hoop. For an outdoor setting, consider attaching the hoop to a telephone pole. Do this by driving nails through the crate with a hammer. If a telephone pole is not accessible, consider attaching it to a tall fence post or even the side of a wall. For an indoor setting, be sure to place your hoop in an area with plenty of room away from commons areas. For example, the living room would not be the most ideal place for an indoor hoop. Choose a bedroom or playroom instead. Attach the hoop indoors by driving nails through the crate into the wall where studs are present. Choose to attach the hoop with wall anchors if no studs are available.

Tips and warnings

  • If you'd rather not buy a milk crate, your local grocery store may be willing to give extras away for free. All you have to do is ask! If you're looking for an even simpler homemade hoop, just use a large cardboard box, old mop bucket or laundry basket.

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