How to Build a DIY Giant Jenga Yard Game in Just TWO Hours and Only TWENTY Dollars

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Surprise!  Ben is guest posting today!  He is sharing with us how to make a Giant Jenga game that you can play in your yard or on your patio.  Ben, take it away!

DIY Giant Jenga-3 Hey guys!  I built this Giant Jenga game within only two hours.  You can do it in less time if you decide you don’t want to sand it.  But, I encourage you to not skip the sanding part because this is what makes the pieces slide easily and you avoid splinters.  These large Jenga sets retail for upwards of $100.  You can make it for $20.

Here is the step-by-step with photos:

Materials:
6 2×4’s (8 feet long)
Sandpaper (180 grit)

Tools:
Mitre Saw
Adjustable roller stand
Clamps
Spindle, orbital, or belt sander

Safety Supplies:
Glasses
Ear protection

Step 1: Cut the 2×4’s
After purchasing the 2×4’s from Home Depot (around $18), I setup my Makita mitre saw on a portable table in my garage. Cutting an 8-foot long 2×4 it’s a bit tricky to maintain the board level with the saw, so I suggest using an adjustable roller stand. Once the 2×4 is stable on the mitre saw, setup a stop for making repeatable cuts. This will allow you to cut the exact same size without the hassle of measuring every cut. I used a scrap board and two clamps to create my stop. Once the stop is in place, cut 54 piece at 10 1/2”. This step will take only a matter of minutes with the help of the stop!

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

Step 2: Sand, sand, sand
Now that we’ve cut 54 blocks, we need to sand each of them. I could have used an orbital belt sander, but I decided to use my Jet spindle sander. I don’t have a belt sander, and an orbital sander will take much longer. To prevent splinters, I was careful to sand each side of the block. It took me about 45-60 seconds per block, and with 54 blocks, the sanding process took about an hour.

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

Step 3: Have fun!

DIY Giant Jenga for less than $20 and only 2 hours.

(Inspired by DIY Pete)

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Comments

  1. Wow, this is a GREAT idea! Since I have the tools around we can definitely get the project done asap. What a great party or group game. Thanks for the idea!

  2. My wife and I made this game and its soooo awesome! We stained it after with a light wood tone coat. Our friends love it. Whenever we have a bbq or game night we all play drinking games. My wife also found a more green cork version of the blocks from a site called Tumbling towers. We love the wooden blocks we made, but the cork version is lighter to put away. Such a great idea thank you!! wish i could post some pics of all us playing 🙂

    • That’s so great, Ricky! Thank you for letting us know. 🙂 If you want to share some photos, you can post them to the Seeded at the Table Facebook page! Would love to see them!

  3. You are so creative. These yard games look so fun. I’m sure the giant Jenga would be a hit, not just for the kids, but the adults as well.

  4. Brigette W says:

    Hello and thanks for this post! My husband and I are going to be making this and wondered if you sanded all sides, including the top and bottom of each piece, or did you just sand the edges?

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