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Make This Bottle-Cap Disc-Golf Game

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With a tin can and paper clips, make a mini disc-golf basket. To play, toss bottle caps into the basket to score points!



  • 28- to 32-ounce tin can
  • Can opener
  • Ruler
  • Fine-tipped marker
  • Tin snips
  • Work gloves
  • Drill
  • 1⁄4″ and 1⁄16″ metal drill bits
  • 1⁄4″ x 6″ carriage bolt
  • Three 1⁄4″ nuts
  • Adjustable wrench or pair of pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Screw-on plastic bottle cap
  • 60 paper clips
  • About 12″ of small rubber tubing
  • Several metal bottle caps


bottle-cap disc-golf step 1

1. Put on your gloves and remove the lid of the can, cutting it from the side so there are no sharp edges. Empty and clean the can.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 2

2. Measure 2″ from the bottom of the can. Draw a line around the can. Use the tin snips to cut off the bottom.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 3

3. Drill a 1⁄4″ hole in the center of both the bottom and the lid. Drill another 1⁄4″ hole in the center of the plastic bottle cap.

Figure: 1/4″ holes drilled in the center of the bottle cap, lid and can bottom.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 4

4. Drill 12  1⁄16″ holes around the outer edge of the lid.

Figure: 12 1/16″ holes evenly spaced and drilled into lid.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 5

5. Push the carriage bolt up through the bottom.

Figure: Side view of inserted bolt.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 6

6. Slide the plastic bottle cap down the carriage bolt. Screw the first nut down until it is snug against the top of the plastic bottle cap.

Figure: Side view of nut tightened on top of bottle cap.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 7

7. Make a strand of paper clips by connecting five. Make 12 strands. Bend one paper clip into a circle that fits loosely around the carriage bolt. Attach all twelve strands to the circle.

Figure: 12 strands of five paper clips attached to the paper-clip circle.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 8

8. Slide the circle down the carriage bolt until it rests on the plastic bottle cap.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 9

9. Screw the second nut onto the carriage bolt until it is about 1⁄2″ down the bolt. Place the lid on the carriage bolt. Screw the third nut onto the bolt until it is flush with the top of the bolt. Screw the second nut against the bottom of the lid.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 10

10. Connect the paper clips to the holes in the lid.

bottle-cap disc-golf step 11

11. Cut the rubber tubing with the utility knife so you can fit it onto the top edge of the can bottom. Your bottle-cap toss game is complete!


Disc Golf (sometimes called Frolf or frisbee golf) is game in which individual players throw a flying disc at a goal. Like traditional golf, the object of Disc Golf is to complete a course in the fewest number of disc throws.

More about Disc Golf from the Professional Disc Golf Association

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19 Comments on Make This Bottle-Cap Disc-Golf Game

  1. grand slammer // July 17, 2019 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    best BL workshop project yet!

  2. Can a tuna can be used for the bottom?

  3. looks so COOL

  4. Does the carriage bolt make the whole thing wobble, since it has a rounded head?

  5. I have friends who like disc golfing… Gift Idea!! 🙂

  6. Brand91 Disc Sports // March 4, 2015 at 7:33 am // Reply

    Great Idea even for a Trophy, but as as game as well.

  7. i want to make one

  8. silverback mom // February 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm // Reply

    I made this it was great to see the boys eyes and try to figure this out. The adults had
    fun flipping the bottle caps in.


  10. This is a great idea and fun. Fun to build and play . I did same thing with nerf basketball ..clothes hanger n orange net bag .when only nerf ball was out…

  11. This is pretty cool! It’s a good way tho get into disc golf if you don’t play already.

  12. I love building stuff and I think this would be a perfect weekend project! :-{)

  13. This looks awesome!

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