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I hope you’re all in the middle of enjoying a long holiday weekend, and riding out the summer in style. If you’re hosting or just hitting up a backyard BBQ tomorrow, here’s a party suggestion: LAWN JENGA.

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I came across this photo on Pinterest and it cracked me up. The stakes are definitely higher with giant Jenga…about 5 ft. higher! And wouldn’t it be the perfect companion piece to Backyard Scrabble? You can purchase large-scale Jenga sets on the Internet, but this Instructables DIY tutorial seems easy enough to follow. Just watch your feet if you’re wearing flip-flops, and please, “enjoy Lawn Jenga responsibly.”

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16 Responses

  1. K Schneider says:

    Tumbling Towers has a website that sells these sets. I bought one and it was very reasonably priced! People have so much fun playing this when we have parties at my house

  2. Gerome says:

    Where do you get the wood?

  3. Vince says:

    Have made several sets in the past few months. I use 2×4's from Lowe's and they'll cut them for you into 10.5" pieces. Can use the cheap white pine but better off using the Whitewood stud (non-pressure treated)…in my opinion it's MUCH easier than the white pine…so much less sanding, etc…definitely worth the extra $1 per board.

    Once I have the pieces I use a Finishing Sander (palm sized) with some 80 grade sanding sheets. 85-90% of the sanding will be done by the Finishing Sander. For the rest of the sanding I buy a couple small sanding blocks…a few medium grade and a few extra fine grade for the very end. Once I have each piece done with the Finishing Sander I run my hands over every one quickly looking for any small spots I might have missed and hit them with one of the medium blocks. After that I will take the extra fine block and go thoroughly over each piece to make sure they're as smooth as possible…at this stage I manhandle them alot to make sure I haven't missed any spots.

    *IMPORTANT point on sanding that I didn't do with the first set…initially I was very concerned about the ends of the pieces being smooth so they were easy to grab, looked good and didn't give anybody splinters. But the reality of the game is that the ends are basically the LEAST important part of the pieces. It's all about making sure the top/bottom and sides are as smooth as possible because those are the surface areas that will rubbing against the blocks above, below and to the sides! ALSO I've found it's good to have a small wood chisel around too in case there's a run in the wood that you can't easily sand out with Finishing Sander (remember that the set is going to drop pretty hard when it's falls during the game so those little points sticking up will peel up eventually)…I just pop that run out with the chisel and sand the whole area down extra well.

    Once I'm done with the sanding I use a small shop vac to vacuum each piece (find this easier than sponging them off plus they stay dry and you can start spraying them right away). I use Cort Wood Finishing Spray from Lowe's…it's the cheapest they have and works fine…just follow directions on the cans…2-3 coats…key is to let them dry after each stage…not worth rushing it.

  4. lauren says:

    We got our set with free shipping from <a href="http://www.TumblingTowers.com” target=”_blank”>www.TumblingTowers.com The set was over 4+ft during play and it really made our bbq pool party so much better :)

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