DIY Outdoor Family Games of the Year

If you’re a fan of outdoor entertaining, consider creating a few lawn games to play during your next gathering. From an old-fashioned ring toss to oversized versions of Yahtzee and Jenga, these games are sure to provide hours of enjoyment.

tic-tac-toeTic Tac Toe

For those with short attention spans, a simple game of tic tac toe is the perfect choice. This DIY project uses scrap wood, paint, and large rocks. It’s so easy, even a crafting novice could pull it off. Head over to Tater Tots and Jello for the details.


ring-toss-1Ring Toss

Turn bottles from your recycling bin into a colorful ring toss game with this simple DIY project. Everyday Dishes shows you how.


bottle-bowlingBottle Bowling

Paint 2-liter soda bottles to look like lawn gnomes, then fill them with gravel to make this charming outdoor bowling set. Learn more at Make Zine.


crazy-cansCrazy Cans

Use painted tin cans and homemade bean bags to create a crazy cans set that’s fun and easy to transport. Two Shades of Pink has the details.


Lawn-TwisterLawn Twister

Make a giant outdoor Twister board using a stencil made from an old pizza box and multiple colors of contractor’s marking spray paint. One Good Thing by Jillee has the details.


matching-gameMatching Game

How good is your memory? This matching game made with stenciled shapes on cork tiles will help you find out.  Studio DIY has the details.


checkersLawn Checkers

Paint lids are transformed into oversized checkers in this clever upcycling project. The checker board is made from a large astroturf rug. Visit Lilyshop to learn more.


kerplunkGiant DIY Kerplunk

The Home Depot Community has a detailed tutorial explaining how to make your own oversized Kerplunk game for less than $60. This lawn game is one that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy.


yard-yahtzeeYard Yahtzee

Oversized wooden dice make Yahtzee a new family friendly favorite.  Momtastic has the full tutorial for this project.



A set of colorful painted wooden dominoes stored in a pretty wicker basket ensures that you’ll never struggle for ways to entertain your guests again. This project would also be wonderful to make as a special handmade gift. Learn more at Iron and Twine.


jengaGiant Jenga

An oversized set of Jenga blocks adds an entirely different dimension to a simple party game. Learn how to make yours at Lemon Thistle.



Cornhole is a lawn game that is popular at everything from wedding receptions to family reunions. Learn how to make a regulation cornhole set on the DIY Network website.


connect-4Four-In-a-Row Backyard Game

This DIY lawn game requires some extra build time, but the results are quite impressive. Visit the Home Depot Blog to learn how to create a four-in-the-row backyard game for your picnic or BBQ.


outdoor-word-gameOutdoor Word Game

This oversized outdoor word game is essentially a giant version of Bananagrams. Better Homes and Gardens shows you how to make it.


 scrabblePatio Floor Scrabble

Sunset has an article describing how a homeowner created a patio floor that does double-duty as a 5-foot Scrabble board. The letter tiles are made from baseboard trim and pre-cut adhesive-backed vinyl letters. The result is a backyard game that any Scrabble enthusiast would love.


KoobDIY Koob

Koob is a lawn game that you might not be familiar with, but it’s relatively easy to learn how to play. It allows for up to 12 players, ages 5 and up, so it’s perfect for entertaining a crowd. Learn how to make your own set at Let’s Get Together.




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