Backyard Jenga Tutorial

Backyard Jenga

{See end of post for DIY instructions to make your own Backyard Jenga game.}

Jenga I

The boys took their tower building skills on the road this weekend.

Jenga II

Here they are super excited to have their turn at a game of Backyard Jenga at the family picnic,

Jenga III

and getting a little needed help building the tower,

Jenga IV

and even playing the “right” way…with a little help…for a few rounds.

Jenga V

Yup, just like that Little Brother.

Jenga VI


Jenga VII

It was time for some destruction courtesy of two very excited tower tumblers!

Ok, full disclosure here, but we totally set up the blocks…a few times after this…just because the adults were having way too much fun watching the boys knock them down.

Jenga VIII

And that fun lasted for a pretty good while until Big Brother decided chasing the dog was even more fun. 😉

Besides, it was time for the “big kids” to have a turn with the blocks.  Here’s a quick little How To if you’d like to make your own Backyard Jenga party game.  Enjoy!

Backyard Jenga Tutorial

Jenga IX


6 – 2x4s, 8 ft long
Circular Saw
Sand Paper
12×12 (or larger) Cement Patio Brick
Large Plastic Storage Bin

Step 1:  

Cut each 2×4 into nine 10.5 inch* pieces.  This will yield 54 total blocks to be stacked in 18 rows of 3.  (With careful measuring, each 96 inch piece of lumber will give you nine 10.5 inch pieces with 1.5 inches to spare – 10.5 x 9 = 94.5 inches.  You may want to purchase one extra board for backup.) 

Step 2:  

Sand the rough edges of the cut blocks of lumber.

Step 3:  

Use a level to find a flat spot in the yard.  You may want to find a 12×12 (or larger) patio brick as a foundation. (See picture above.)

Step 4: 

Store blocks in a large plastic bin with wheels for easy transport.


*Your completed Jenga tower will measure a 10.5×10.5 inch square base.  Although you are using 2x4s, the actual measurement of the lumber is 1.5×3.5. When the blocks are set three wide, the base will measure 10.5 inches (3.5 + 3.5 + 3.5) rather than 12 inches.  This is why you will want to cut your boards to a length of 10.5 inches rather than 12 inches so as to avoid a rectangular base.

Or, you can always go the DIY “Shop at Home” route and find the [affiliate linkBackyard Tower Tumbler on Amazon, too.  Either way, enjoy!


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  1. They are so cute!!! I love the outdoor jenga! Great idea!!!

  2. Backyard jenga, what a good idea! My friends would love that, we will have to try it.

  3. that is so much fun! will remember that on my own backyard party! :)

  4. Okay yes I really do love this!!!

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  5. That is such a great idea! Looks like your boys had so much fun with the game, too!

  6. Great idea!!

  7. Genius!

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  9. This is SO cute!! What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing!

  10. I have seen this before and I thought it was super cool! I forgot all about it though until I saw your post. It’s a fun idea! Please come hang out and link up to our link party “Home is Where the Heart is” Please feel free to link up any posts you might want to share! :)

  11. This is such a great idea! Our boys would love this! Thank you for sharing on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll join us again this week with some more great ideas!

  12. Amazing idea – just love the tutorial! I’ll be featuring your post in our Discover & Explore highlights this week – thanks for linking up!

  13. Perfect for an adult outdoor barbecue!

  14. Perfect for an adult outdoor barbecue!

  15. What a fun idea. Thanks for the instructions. I am going to have to try to get this made before our summer party in a few weeks.

  16. NICE we also love having our kids play w/ the giant blocks… we were gonna make it but go it from a site called Tumbling Towers instead :) so happy…


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