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DIY dad makes amazing giant Gameboy for kids for £40 and it's a gamer's dream

May 25, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Wayne Mulholland, 38, made a giant Gameboy for his kids to watch TV and game on
  • Wayne spent just £40 on materials such as timber and paint
  • The giant Gameboy looks exactly like the retro console

If your family is obsessed with all things gaming, you’ll instantly fall in love with this amazing giant Gameboy.

Wayne Mulholland, a 38-year-old father of three from Coventry, decided to create the huge Gameboy as a retro backdrop for his TV - and the project cost him just £40 in materials.

Wayne, a diamond driller and concrete repairer, told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I created a full scale Gameboy for our TV and Xbox 360. I got the idea from browsing through ebay and came across the classic Gameboy.

“I thought to myself that I would like to make a full size version of the Gameboy.

"I built this using 12mm MDF and an old brush handle, and the stand is made from some of cuts of wood and a set of hinges I had in my shed.

"I built the Gameboy to cater for the size of the TV and painted it the colours of the original Gameboy using paint I already had in my shed.

"I had to buy the purple paint, which are sample pots from B&Q costing around £1.50 each, and the timber to make the frame.

“To make the buttons, I used a small tin of paint, drew round it and cut them out.”

Wayne says this kind of creative project is ideal as a family activity during the lockdown.

“This can be done as a family project during quarantine as the kids can draw it up, the parents can cut it out and the kids will have fun painting it,” he adds.

“The whole project took me about two days and I must say once it was finished with the TV and Xbox inside I was really happy with it!

“My little boy absolutely loved it and I had to set it up for him in the living room so he could watch films and play on the Xbox.

“For this build it cost around £40 to make. For people who would like to have a go at a project like this, I would suggest drawing up your ideas and getting the materials you need from a hardware store.

“Places like B&Q will cut the wood to size for you, and for the buttons you can use templates!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “It’s so hard for families in what seems like the millionth week of lockdown, but creative projects like this bring everyone together with a common goal in mind!

“Wayne’s massive Gameboy is every gamer’s dream, and certainly provides an incredible backdrop whether you’re watching TV or playing Xbox or PlayStation!"

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