Get tutorials for over 20 DIY yard games—from cornhole to giant Jenga—that are perfect for summer entertaining! Plus, check out my favorite classic lawn games that you can buy!
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With summer just around the corner, I’m looking forward to lots of outdoor parties! And one thing I always love doing at summer parties is playing lawn games!
I’m actually fairly new to yard games. At most parties I attended as a kid, the adults drank cocktails while the kids played tag and other classic games (mostly unsupervised, until someone started crying … ha).
We did have a few simple outdoor games like Toss Across and the similarly named, but different Toss and Catch. I also have distinct memories of playing Jarts … who else remembers that game from the eighties? It’s actually still around, although with a safer redesign!
Even though I never played cornhole until I was in my twenties, I’ve grown to love these awesome backyard games for adults and kids. Of course you can buy these games, but it’s totally possible to make your own DIY yard games, too.
Summer fun with my sister … those haircuts (OMG)!
20+ DIY Yard Games
Are you ready for the awesome diy outdoor games? I’ve rounded up over 20 DIY yard games for adults and kids that you can make this summer.
Some of these DIY lawn games are easy to make and some are more difficult … there’s a homemade yard game for everyone here though!
And if you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own DIY backyard game, I’ve got something for you, too! I’ve included my favorite classic summer yard games that you can buy at the end of the post.
DIY Beach Ball Bowling from Polka Dot Chair
DIY Giant Jenga from Lemon Thistle (Check her website for other DIY yard games, too!)
DIY Lawn Dice from Create & Babble (Perfect for playing Yatzee and other dice games!)
DIY Backyard Slingshot from Rogue Engineer
DIY Plinko Game from Happiness is Homemade
Make Your Own Ring Toss Game from The Country Chic Cottage
Giant Lawn Dominoes from Dream a Little Bigger
DIY Tetherball Set from Simply Kierste Design
Giant Outdoor Kerplunk from A Little Craft in Your Day
DIY Kubb Set (a Swedish Lawn Game) from Her Tool Belt
DIY Sprinkler Limbo from The Pinning Mama
DIY Rainbow Paver Hopscotch from Happiness is Homemade
Lawn Scrabble (or Bananagrams) from Constantly Lovestruck
DIY Four in a Row from Build-Basic.com
DIY Flamingo Ring Toss from Sugar & Cloth
DIY Washer Toss Game from ECAB
DIY Cornhole Game from Lovely Indeed
DIY Kids Fishing Game from Hello Little Home
Lawn Twister from One Good Thing by Jillee
DIY Ladder Golf from Here Comes the Sun
Oversized Tic Tac Toe from Her Tool Belt
DIY Bean Bag Toss from Mod Podge rocks
Giant Pick Up Sticks from Nellie Bellie
DIY Bubble Wands from Hello Little Home (Not quite a lawn game, but still fun!)
And of course, you’ll need something to keep score on … Chalkboard Scoreboard from Lemon Thistle
Don’t have the time or skills to make these DIY yard games?
You’re in luck, because I’ve rounded up my fave classic summer yard games that you can buy!
Classic Summer Yard Games to Buy
You don’t have to DIY your yard games to get in one the summer fun! Here are my favorites that you can buy:
- Jenga Giant
- Giant Four in a Row
- Toss and Catch Set
- Ladder Toss Game
- Triple Racer Slip N’ Slide
- Inflatable Bowling Set (Combine with the slip and slide to do Human Water Bowling!)
- Jarts (New and improved!)
- Croquet Set
- Bocce Ball Set
- Giant Dice
- Fun Air Scoop Ball
- Jumbo Pick Up Sticks
- Ring Toss Game
- Washer Toss Game
- Giant Tic Tac Toe
- Jumbo Bananagrams
- Badminton Set
- Giant Hardwood Dominoes
- Toss Across Game
- Backyard Kubb Set
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I hope you enjoyed this roundup of DIY Yard Games, plus some classic lawn games to buy. These DIY backyard games should keep you busy all summer!
What is your favorite lawn game?