Make Your Own Nerf Games

You’ll be on target for hosting the ultimate Nerf birthday party with these fun ideas for making your own Nerf games. There are three Nerf Games to choose from made out of cardboard boxes.

Nerf Games

How to Make Nerf Games:

It was no surprise that my children requested a Nerf Birthday party to celebrate their 7th and 9th birthdays. Nerf guns have been popular among the boys and their friends for the past couple of years. I found some great deals at the Walmart Clearance section and was able to stock up on a number of guns and Nerf bullets and started saving cardboard boxes to make a few games for their Nerf Birthday Party. Since their birthday is in the winter months and has to be held indoors due to the freezing temps and snow, I made some Nerf games out of cardboard boxes. The Nerf Games were not only a huge hit at the party, but they’ve been using them non-stop for target practice in the basement.

Nerf Game #1:

 Test your aim and see how can knock down the most balloons the fastest.

Nerf Games

What you’ll need

  • Empty cardboard box
  • Cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Small balloons
  • Scissors


First you’ll want to use the toilet paper tubes as a template and cut circles out of the cardboard box

Squeeze the toilet paper tubes into the holes, inserting about 1/2 way down. Insert the paper towel tubes to make the targets higher.

Next, you’ll want to blow up the small balloons, tie closed and place on top of the toilet paper tubes.

You can add color by painting the cardboard box, or covering it with wrapping paper to go with your Nerf party theme

Nerf Game 1

Nerf Game #2 Target Practice:

Nerf Game 2

What you’ll need:

  • empty cardboard box
  • scissors
  • tape
  • targets
  • ribbon/string


  • Print out the printable targets. 
  • Cut out the targets, glue or tape a small piece of string or ribbon on the back.
  • Cut 6-10 squares or rectangles out of the empty cardboard box.
  • Hang the printable targets using tape.

Make Your Own Nerf Game

Nerf Game #3  Army Men Knockdown:

What you’ll need:

  • empty cardboard box
  • tape
  • scissors
  • army men


Using an empty cardboard box cut trace six squares, two rows of three. Cut out three sides of a square, leaving the bottom intact. Fold over the square and tape to make a platform for the army man to stand on.


Nerf Game 3

Army Men Nerf Game

Nerf Games

Ultimate nerf birthday games

Wear eyewear!

We have two main rules when it comes to Nerf wars, one is to not aim for the head, and the second is to always wear eyewear. I purchased these  clear glasses on Amazon, a pack of 10 costs about $14. The small size was a good fit for 6-9 year olds.

Cheap Nerf eye protection

Stay tuned as well be posting a few more of our favorite Nerf Games next week.

Planning a Nerf Party? Check out our other fun Nerf Party Ideas.


  1. Amy D says:

    This is a great idea, but especially good for someone like my daughter. She has visual motor challenges, and these would be great activities to help her depth perception and motor planning. 🙂

  2. Sarah Hayes says:

    we love making our own things from old boxes. this would be a great summer activity