Our Favorite DIY Backyard Games

Can we let you in on a little secret? The Porchlight Homes team LOVES to entertain outdoors. How could we not when we live in a place with such beautiful weather, right? Even in 90-something-degree heat, hosting friends and family over for an al fresco dinner is one of our favorite things. Especially if there’s a wood-fired pizza oven.

One of the reasons we love outdoor entertaining so much is because at the end of the night it’s hard not to feel content and happy. It’s pure happiness. If you’re looking for some games to liven up your next backyard bash, here are a few games and activities that you can DIY. Personally, we love putting some extra sweat into making a game, rather than buying it.


Also known as bags, baggo, backyard toss, and beanbags, cornhole is a classic backyard game that both kids and adults can play. Did you know that you can make your own boards? Check out this tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to build and customize cornhole boards. Just add beanbags!

Ring Toss

One option to make your own ring toss is to use glass soda bottles as the target. Arrange them inside a wooden crate so they’re nice and snug. Then, use some sort of round item as the tossing tool. We suggest those plastic pool rings, or you can make your own using a strong jute rope. For a different option, check out this tutorial that uses PVC pipe.  

Oversized Jenga

Everyone knows the classic game of Jenga, but have you ever seen a life-sized one? Using some 2×4 wood pieces, you can create an oversized Jenga game. We found this one that cost less than $10 to make. Take it a step further and paint the pieces the colors of your favorite sports team.

Tic Tac Toe

Another fun one to pass the time. Make your own tic tac toe board using a large piece of burlap. Paint the four lines on the burlap to create the pattern. Then, make the pieces using large rocks you find around the yard. Paint the letter ‘x’ on five of them and the letter ‘o’ on four of them. This game can also easily be played using chalk on a sidewalk.

If you haven’t noticed, we love inspiring others to enjoy life and spend quality time with loved ones. If you liked these DIY backyard game ideas, then you’ll love this recent blog post we wrote about electronic-free game night ideas.

At Porchlight Homes, we bring your dream home to life with thoughtful craftsmanship and a genuine touch of family. For more information about our communities, reach out to us online or stop by for a tour in Phoenix or Gilbert, and coming soon to Scottsdale!