Basketball is such an integral part of our culture. So many of our kids grow up playing it and having such a love for the sport and now it’s your turn to add this DIY basketball hoop to your kids party!
Whether you root for the Bulls or the Lakers or if you agree that Michael Jordan was the greatest player of all time, this basketball hoop is sure to shine at your party. Your child and their friends will pretend they are LeBron James!
Almost all of these items you can get at your local hardware store. I won’t sugar coat it – this is a semi-complicated DIY but the end result is just so worth it – don’t you agree?
Basketball Hoop DIY
Plexiglass – 18” x 24”
– 3/4” Elbow
– 3/4” Threaded Cap
– 3/4” Adapted (slip x thread)
– 3/4” Coupling
– 3/4” PVC pipe – I could only find a 5’ length but you only need about 24”
– 4” to 3” PVC pipe
– 4” PVC test cap
Faucet pipe – 3/8” x 30″
Quickrete concrete mix
Black spray paint
Orange spray paint
White spray paint
Basketball hoop string
Here are photos of some of the PVC pieces
Hacksaw or chop saw
Drill with 1.25” hole saw bit and 3/8″ drill bit
1. First step is to cut plexiglass down. Leaving the plastic on the plexiglass, take a ruler and measure to 20” wide and 14” tall and draw cut lines with a sharpie. Take a metal ruler and a utility knife and hold the metal ruler on the first line and you’re going to take the utility knife and run it along the ruler about 10 times to score the plexiglass. Once you feel like you’ve gotten a good way through it take the plexiglass and align that score line with a straight edge and using your palm smack the plexiglass to finish the cut. You might need to hit it a few times, but don’t be shy, give it a couple good whacks. Do the same thing on the other side so you’ll now have a 20” x 14” piece of plexiglass.
2. Now we’ll drill the hole to hold the plexiglass up. From the bottom measure up 2.5” and from the left side measure 10” and make a small mark. This is where we are going to drill a hole. Using your drill and a 1.25” hole saw, very carefully drill a hole in the plexiglass. Plexiglass breaks very easy so take it slow when cutting your hole. Now you can take the protective paper off both sides of the plexiglass.
Prep PVC pipe stand
3. Take your long 3/4” pvc pipe and cut it down to 17” using a hacksaw or chop saw. This is the stand to hold your basketball board. You can make this taller or shorter depending on what size you need for your decoration. You’ll also need to cut down the slip. I cut mine to 1/4” wide – this is essentially a spacer for your plexiglass backboard.
4. Cut down the faucet pipe to 26” using a hacksaw or chop saw making sure to cut off the end with the knob.
5. Next, take your 3/8” drill bit and the PVC cap. We’re going to drill two holes for the hoop to sit in. Using a clamp, clamp the cap down and you’re going to drill in sideways into the cap through the first side and through the other side making sure to stay level.
6. Dryfit the faucet pipe and the PVC cap to make sure it all fits.
Put PVC pipe stand together
8. Glue all pvc pieces together as shown below.
Prep PVC stand
9. Take the 4” to 3” PVC pipe and glue the 4” PVC test cap to the bottom of it. This will hold the concrete in.
10. Add some of the quickrete to a bucket and some water based on the directions on the package and mix until the correct consistency is desired. Fill up the 4” to 3” PVC pipe about half way and stick the 3/4” PVC pipe set in the middle. Finish filling up the rest of the bottom piece with concrete and smooth the top while making sure the 3/4” PVC pipe is level. Let dry.
Time to paint!
These are the colors of spray paint I used for this project.
11. Take the pvc stand and spray paint it all black.
12. Take the hoop (faucet pipe and cap) and spray paint it orange.
13. Next you’re going to paint the plexiglass backer. Take painters tape and mark off all the sections using the image below as a guide. Using white spray paint, paint the sections with two or three coats until it is fully covered. Once dry, remove the tape.
14. Remove one side of the faucet pipe from the cap and slide the basketball hoop net on the pipe. Push the faucet pipe back into the cap to secure the net on the hoop.
15. Slide the backer onto the base and screw the hoop on making sure it is tight to hold the backer board, but not too tight that it cracks the plexiglass.
Done! Now it’s ready for your party!
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Have a great party!