Today’s craft is geared towards the men in your life! Every man can use a little break from work for some stress relief. This mini pool table is a perfect DIY gift for dad and is the perfect size to slip inside a desk drawer- maybe for an impromptu game with a co-worker?
- Aluminum Tin
- Casting Plaster (Plaster of Paris)
- 8mm Metallic Silver Beads (or any 8mm bead)
- Clear Plastic Bead Tubes
- Aluminum Floral Wire
- Wooden Dowel
- Washi Tape
- White Paint & Blue
- Self Adhesive Felt Sheet
- Glue Dots
The first thing you will do for this DIY gift for dad is prepare your tin for plaster. Plaster makes a good base for the mini pool table. It is heavy, and dries flat and smooth. The pool table needs corner pockets- so I used bead tubes to create hold space for the holes in the plaster.
Place a glue dot in each corner of the aluminum tin.
Allow the plaster to dry on a flat surface. When the plaster has hardened, remove the bead tubes. I did this by twisting the tubes until they were loosened and then lifting them out. Do not be alarmed if part of the plaster cracks a little. This is okay. We will be covering the plaster surface with felt.
Using the lid of the tin as a template, trace around the perimeter of the tin onto the backing of the self adhesive felt. Cut the piece where you have it marked.
Paint the tip of the dowel white, and one of the 8mm silver beads (this will be the cue ball!) You could also add stripes to half of the beads with paint or a sharpie marker to mimic the look of pool balls.