do it yourself: mini skateboard

Spend your summer learning how to do an ollie or kick flip on your very own DIY-friendly tech deck! You can build this mini skateboard with items commonly found around the house. This quick craft is easy enough to do at home and only requires a few materials.

guidelines + materials

AGE: 6 years old

TIME FRAME: 20 minutes

SUPPLIES:

  • Popsicle stick
  • Scissors
  • Cup of water
  • Sheet of sandpaper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Glue gun
  • Straw
  • 4 beads

directions

1. Start by cutting your Popsicle stick in half. Then round the two square edges with your scissors so all four corners are the same. This is the base of your skateboard.

2. Bend both ends of the Popsicle stick slightly so the ends curve upwards. The easiest way to do this is to dip the tip of both ends in a cup of water to make the wood more flexible. Be sure not to bend the wood too hard!

3. Trace your Popsicle stick on a piece of sandpaper. Then cut out the shape.

4. Using a glue gun, glue the sandpaper onto your Popsicle stick. Make sure the rough side of the sandpaper is on top and the smooth side is glued down. This is the grip of your skateboard.

5. Cut your straw into two one-inch pieces. Each piece of straw should be the width of your Popsicle stick. These two pieces are the trucks of your skateboard.

6. Glue the two straw pieces to each end of the skateboard on the wooden side. Both straw pieces should be placed perpendicular to the length of the Popsicle stick.

7. Finally, glue 4 beads to the ends of each straw piece. These are the wheels to your skateboard.

Now it’s time to learn a few tricks with your new mini skateboard!

Share this article

Closed for Comic-Con

The Museum will be closed July 18 through July 21 for Comic-Con. Members receive free reciprocal admission at participating locations during this time.