How to build a model of a mini-basketball court

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How to build a model of a mini-basketball court
Make your own model of a mini-basketball court. (basketball court image by Warren Millar from

Building a mini-basketball court model is a great project for basketball enthusiasts and can be used as a decoration piece, as a mini game board or for a school project. If you plan to make a mini-basketball court for a school project, be sure to take lots of pictures during the construction to show your teacher---teachers love a well-documented project. Making the model is not hard, but children under age 10 may need a parent's help with cutting wire and other steps.

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Things you need

  • Foam board
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Compass
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue

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  1. 1

    Cut your foam board to measure 28 inches by 15 inches--a scaled-down size of a regular mini-basketball court. Use the utility knife and ruler to cut the foam board in straight lines.

  2. 2

    Paint the top of the foam board court black or dark grey; let dry. With the pencil and ruler, mark a line down the centre of the court at 14 inches in from either end. Find the centre of the length of the court (at 7 1/2 inches down) and make a small mark on each end of the court as well as on the line down the centre of the court.

  3. 3

    Set your compass to a radius of 1 3/4 inches and scribe a full circle around the centre point of the court---this should be at the point marked on the centre court line. Measure 5 inches in from the centre mark on one end of the court and scribe another circle the same size. Measure 3 inches to each side of the centre mark on the end, then rule a line between each point to the edge of the circle. Draw a line that joins these two lines and cuts the circle in half. Erase the inside part of the circle. Repeat on the other end of the court.

  4. 4

    Paint all the pencil marks with white or yellow paint for the lines of the mini-basketball court. Let dry.

  5. 5

    Cut two 7-inch pieces of wire and twist one end into a 1-inch diameter circle. Bend the circle so that it is at a right angle to the rest of the wire, which should be straight. Cut out two 2-inch-by-2-inch rectangles of cardboard and paint it in whatever colours you want for the backboards.

  6. 6

    Glue the backboards above the hoop of the wire with hot glue; let dry. Stick the two hoops into either end of the court, 1 inch in from the centre point at the end. Secure with hot glue to finish your mini-basketball court model.

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