Entertain the kids and practice your DIY skills at the same time with these creative giant garden games! You’re never too old to make (or play!) jenga, connect four, angry birds or kerplunk – so what are you waiting for?
Roll those sleeves up, start planning your wood cuts, and get DIY-ing with these walk through tutorials! (You can adapt the measurements for all of these giant garden games to make it the perfect size for you! Remember to let us know how your project came along on social media by searching for @manomano.co.uk).
Giant Garden Games
Giant Jenga (Easy)
Tools and Materials
- 54 Feet of 2×4 wooden planks:straight boards (dismantle a pallet, if you like)
- Tape measure and pencil
- Hand saw
- Orbital sander or sand paper
- Damp Cloth
- Wood stain
*Remember that jenga towers are square if you look straight down at them!*
-Chop your wood into 54 equal pieces (we made our pieces an inch long)
-Start sanding! You need the wood to be very smooth otherwise it’ll impact the game! This will also help the stain go onto it easier
-Once they’re sanded, make sure to wipe all of the pieces down with a damp cloth to remove any excess sawdust
-You can choose to leave your blocks natural or you can stain them. If you do choose to stain them, we recommend staining 3 edges of a wooden block at once with a rag, then flipping the block and staining the final side. You’ll need to have a large space to lay them all out while they dry!
-This is one of the easier giant garden games to make but you can personalise it by making the blocks match the colour scheme of your garden.
Giant Angry Birds (Hard)
Tools and Materials
2 foot by 5 foot 1/2 inch thick plywood
2 – 8 foot 2 x 4s
1 – 8 foot 1 x 4
2 – hurricane straps
1 scrap piece of 1 x 6 for the toys
1 scrap piece of 1 x 2
Nuts, bolts and nails
Scroll saw (manual or electric)
Knife to cut tubing
-Build a base/big enough for people to stand on whilst pulling the tubing back (this is very important!)
-Build a slingshot by cutting one 2 x 4 about 32 inches. This is the long base pole of the slingshot. Cut two 1 foot pieces of 2 x 4. These will be the two arms of the slingshot. Cut two 22 inch pieces of 1 x 4. Attach the two 1×4 pieces to either side of the 32 inch long 2 x 4 at a 90 degree angle. Slide a 1 foot section of 2 x 4 on each side of the arm (between the 1 x 4s). Drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of each arm about 3 inches from the top of each arm. This is where rubber tubing will be attached.
-Put it all together! Cut another 18 inch long piece of your 2 x F at 45 degree angels on either side – this will be the brace for your slingshot. Place a hurricane anchor metal bracket to the base of the platform and also on one side of the slingshot. Hold it up there to determine where to attach it! Drill two 1/4 inch holes through the base and the slingshot. Insert two 1/4″ bolts and tighten with lock washer and wing nuts. Drill a hole on either side of the 2 x 4 brace and attach one end to the bracket on the base and one end to the bracket on the slingshot. Fasten with 1/4 inch bolt and lock washers and wing nuts. Cut two 2 feet lengths of exercise tubing. Get a piece of leather about one foot long and 5 inches wide. Put a grommet at either end. Attach the tubing to the slingshot and leather pouch.
Giant Kerplunk (Easy)
Tools and Materials
- 4 (16-inch) 2 x 4 boards
- 4 (10-inch) 4 x 4 boards
- Spray paint
- Wire netting
- 18-gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Staple gun and staples
- 30-40 bamboo plant supports
- Ball pit balls
-Start by screwing the 16-inch 2 x 4 boards together to form a square. Then, screw the 10-inch 4 x 4 boards to the four corners of the square to make legs. Give the wood platform a coat of spray paint, and then let the paint dry
-Make a tube out of the wire netting, and use the 18-gauge wire to hold it in place.
-Place the wire tube on top of the wooden platform and use the staple gun to secure the tube to the platform.
-Slide the bamboo plant supports through the openings in the wire tube. Make sure the stakes go all different directions and don’t leave any large gaps.
-Fill the top of the tube with the ball pit balls, and the game is ready to play!
Giant Connect 4 (Hard)
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