Fun Summer DIY Backyard Games You Should Be Doing Now

Fun Summer DIY Backyard Games You Should Be Doing Now

Fun Summer DIY Backyard Games
You Should Be Doing Now

by Steve Gamel

Summer is here, and while many people are planning their next vacation getaway with family and friends, there are those of us who are perfectly content doing something more local. Well, what’s more local and fun than your own backyard?

Bean Bag Ladder Toss

Talk about thinking outside the box. Grab your basic ladder from the shed and use pieces of paper or sturdy notecards to write point totals for each rung of the ladder. To play the game, make a few bean bags or substitute bean bags with rolled up socks and toss them through the different rungs to earn points.

This is the time of year when we all get outside and hang out by the pool while dad fires up the grill, and there are plenty of traditional backyard games like cornhole, lawn darts, croquet, bocce ball, or even dodgeball to keep us busy for hours. Here are a few do-it-yourself game ideas that will take your next backyard outing from ordinary to larger than life.

Dunk Bucket

Think of the dunk tanks at carnivals where you throw a ball to hit a target that releases a switch that drops one hopeless soul into the water. You may not have access to a tank, but all you have to do here is attach a wood base to a nearby tree or shed wall that can hold a five-gallon bucket.


Glow In The Dark Bowling

Why limit your backyard shenanigans to daytime when you can go overtime with this neat, summer night game. Simply grab yourself six empty water bottles, a few glow sticks to put inside the bottles to create the perfect lighting, and any ball you have on hand. When you’re all set up, bowl to your heart’s content.


Lawn Twister

This is probably one of the easiest, and most fun games on the planet to do in your backyard. Use circular stencils and spray paint to turn a section of your lawn into a makeshift game board.



Ladder Golf

Per, all you need to play this fun version of golf is 4x4s, 2x4s, bolts, washers, dowels, plywood, and a few screws. To play this game, space the ladders about 15 feet apart. Each player tosses three bolas, and then the next player does the same. The first one to 21 without going over is the winner! The top rung is worth three points, the middle is two, and the bottom rung is worth one point.


There are plenty of cornhole sets that you can buy at the store, but making one out of a few pieces of wood wouldn’t be too complicated. The advantage is that you could paint and customize it to your own personality and style (Cowboys theme, Star Wars, etc.). Cornhole is as traditional as it gets when it comes to backyard gaming.

If you decide to do any of these DIY game ideas this summer, please send us your photos! We’d love to publish them.

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