Awesome summer parties need awesome outdoor games and entertainment and these amazing DIY Backyard Party Games will guarantee the Best Summer Party ever!
The weather’s heating up and we’re ready to start planning for 4th of July celebrations, summer birthday parties, and family reunions. We’re so excited to share with you these DIY Backyard Party Games for the Best Summer Party Ever so you can make the most of the warm summer months.
In this round-up, you will find classic family yard games, amazing DIY creative takes on the classics and lots of water fun games for boys, girls and the whole family. And if you don’t have a backyard head to your local park to enjoy hours of fun.
Some of these games require your time and DIY skills, some are super easy to set up with items you very likely already have at home. There’s plenty of choice for everyone and we’re super confident you will love these games as much as us.
Scroll below and have fun!
And if you’re not a fan of DIY, check out these 13 Fun Yard Games for Families for our top picks on our favorite outdoor family lawn games.
Best DIY Yard Games for Your Outdoor Summer Party
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1. DIY Painted Potato Sack Race Bags
Does anybody still do potato sack races? If you haven’t done this in a while, put it on your list of things to do at your next party. It’s definitely fun for kids, even more fun for adults who can barely fit into the little sacks and awkwardly hop across the yard, but the most fun is for the spectators who get to watch the spectacle in front of them.
Check out how to make these DIY Painted Potato Sack Race Bags with simple hand-painted treatments to add a little style to the plain potato sacks.
Learn more: Design Improvised
2. DIY Giant Kerplunk Backyard Game
This DIY Giant Kerplunk Backyard Game is a giant yard game version of the tabletop Kerplunk game you might have in your game cabinet. See the link below for details on how to make this awesome game for your outdoor party.
Learn more: Backyard Buffs
3. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game
Colorful pots and bright flamingos are as eye-catching as they are fun with this easy DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game. This game is perfect for tropical summer themes and simple backyard barbecues.
Learn more: Sugar and Cloth
4. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
I can’t catch a frisbee to save my life, but this simple giant Frisbee Tic Tac Toe looks like something anybody can do. This backyard party game is quick and easy to put together and fun for all ages.
Learn more: One Creative Mommy
5. DIY Giant Lawn Dominoes
My kids just learned how to play the “real” dominoes game (as opposed to the activity that involves lining them up in intricate patterns and then knocking them down) while we were visiting Old Salem. I was actually surprised at how much they enjoyed playing the game version and I think this DIY Giant Lawn Dominoes version of Dominoes would go over really well at an outdoor party since it’s fun for adults and kids. Visit this tutorial to see how this set was made.
Learn more: Dream a Little Bigger
6. DIY Kubb Game for Outdoor Parties
I have to admit, I’ve never heard of this game before. But, it says it’s the best lawn game ever. And, after reading the description on Let’s Get Together, I am seriously intrigued and feel the need to make this set right now and get a game going in our cul-de-sac just to see if it can live up to its claim. Check out this tutorial to see what you need to make your own DIY Kubb Game, plus a video on how to play. There is a set for sale on Amazon as well if you don’t want to bother with the wood-cutting.
Learn more: Let’s Get Together
7. DIY Wooden Yard Dice
Introduce your kids to some fun dice games with this DIY Wooden Yard Dice. And if you fancy a good DIY project this tutorial will take you through all the steps to craft this awesome set for some outdoor summer fun.
Learn more: Blue I Style
8. Make a Hula Hoop Croquet Yard Game
Croquet is a fine yard game in and of itself, but I love this hula hoop version which makes the game a little more kid-friendly. Grab some hula hoops and rubber balls from the Dollar Store and you’re all set to make this Hula Hoop Croquet Yard Game.
Learn more: The Crafting Chicks
9. Homemade Mini Golf Course
I love this simple and totally doable Homemade Mini Golf Course. I can see how much my kids would enjoy this for their next birthday party. This course uses ordinary household objects like cereal boxes, cardboard tubes, books and balloons to construct this fun 9-hole miniature golf game.
Learn more: ehow
10. DIY Ring Toss Game
Ring toss is a classic carnival game and is a fun game to set up in your own backyard. This DIY Ring Toss Game is made from wooden boards, copper pipe and manilla rope rings, so you’ll be able to keep it around for years of fun.
Learn more: Anika’s DIY Life
11. Water Gun Targets for DIY Backyard Party Games
Water games are a must for summer parties. I love this Water Gun Targets for DIY Backyard Party Games take on an old carnival game. If you make a few of the target cups, you can have several people competing at once. The goal is to see who can fill up their cup the fastest!
Learn more: All For the Boys
12. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss Game
If your party is going to go late this summer, be sure to check out this awesome Glow in the Dark Ring Toss Game. And if you love the idea you can even throw a Glow in the Dark party!
Learn more: A Pumpkin & A Princess
13. DIY Backyard Giant Jenga Game
Jenga is another one of those games that can easily be scaled up for an outdoor party game. Just don’t stack it above your head! You can view the tutorial to make this DIY Backyard Giant Jenga Game below.
Learn more: The Idea Room
14. DIY Wall Ring Toss Game
Here’s a cool twist on the regular ring toss game. I think this DIY Wall Ring Toss Game is a great idea because it can stay permanently put up outside and you can play anytime. This is an easy DIY project you can do in one afternoon.
Learn more: The Inspired Workshop
15. Giant Paper Airplanes
Kids will have a blast making and playing with these Giant Paper Airplanes. Paper airplanes are easy, inexpensive, and so much fun. Scale up with some poster board and you’ve got an exciting outdoor activity for guests of all ages!
Learn more: Fireflies & Mudpies
16. Outdoor Lawn Twister Game
Bring out the old classic Twister game, backyard style, with some spray paint! And if you need a little guidance check out this Outdoor Lawn Twister Game tutorial for the details.
Learn more: Tip Junkie
17. Tin Can Bowling
Find out how to use simple cans for a fun Tin Can Bowling game plus 4 more fun games to do with them in this tutorial. Transform the cans with some spray paint and kids can decorate them with some stickers to make them even more fun.
Learn more: A Girl and A Glue Gun
18. DIY Pool Noodle Frisbee Target
I am amazed at all of the amazing things people come with to do with pool noodles! Check out how to make this fabulous DIY Pool Noodle Frisbee Target. You can incorporate a stand like this in a variety of backyard games: use it for throwing frisbee and foam splash balls or get creative and see what else you can come up with!
Learn more: A Few Shortcuts
19. Water Balloon Piñata
Water Balloon Piñata is the ultimate summer party fun. All you need to create this one are water balloons tied together in clusters of three and then hang them on a low branch and get the kids bashing the pinata with a plastic baseball bat.
Learn more: Fireflies & Mud Pies
20. DIY Dunk Bucket
Here’s an awesome DIY idea for some cool summer fun. And if you fancy creating this DIY Dunk Bucket do check out the instructions in this post to get you started.
Learn more: The Happy Housewife
21. DIY Milk Jug Water Balloon Toss
This DIY Milk Jug Water Balloon Toss is a fun and simple game you can make with repurposed milk jugs! Guess what happens if the water balloon breaks?! This is a must-have game for the kids at your summer BBQs.
Learn more: Kid Friendly Things To Do
22. Water Balloon Baseball
Water Balloon Baseball is definitely a thing and is so much fun to play. For your next backyard party, fill up some water balloons with different amounts of water so that some will burst easily and some will just be bouncy. Players won’t know which ones will burst on contact and which water balloons will make a great play! Your guests must be willing to get a little wet with this game so save it for the hottest of hot summer party days. See below for this game plus some tips on getting the kids to clean up the balloon pieces.
Learn more: Overstuffed Life
23. Water Balloon Hunt Outdoor Game
You can just never have enough water game ideas in your bag to keep those kids busy during summer break. This Water Balloon Hunt Outdoor Game is a fun twist on an Easter Egg Hunt kids are sure to love.
Learn more: Kid Friendly Things To Do
24. Balloon Boppers Kids Game
A few simple materials are all you need to make some foam paddles for this fun Balloon Boppers Kids Game. This one is great for kids of all ages.
Learn more: Crafting in the Rain
25. How to Make Sponge Bombs
Beat the heat with these cool Sponge Bombs. They make a great alternative to water balloons and can be used again and again. Find out how to make them with some household sponges and hair elastic in this tutorial.
Learn more: Inner Child Fun
26. Ping Pong Ball Nerf Targets
All the Nerf fans will love these Ping Pong Ball Nerf Targets. These amazing targets are created with an empty plastic bottle covered with duct tape and filled with small rocks and a ping pong ball on top. Simple and hours of fun.
Learn more: Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls
27. DIY Backyard Slingshot and Angry Birds Game
Check out this awesome DIY Backyard Slingshot and Angry Birds Game made with PVC pipes, green felt pigs, ball birds and a few painted boxes. This is a great project to do with kids, they will have fun making it and then knocking down the boxes and pigs, Angry Birds-style!
Learn more: Keeping It Simple Crafts
28. DIY Pugil Sticks
This DIY Pugil Sticks made with one big pool noodle is a super-fun game for the young ones, or those who are young at heart (i.e. not for anyone who might fall and break a hip). If you don’t have stumps, you can use step stools, buckets, milk crates, etc. You can even turn them into swords with these sword handle connectors! Whoever knocks the other person off first wins!
Learn more: A Girl and A Glue Gun
29. DIY Backyard Bubble Station
A DIY Backyard Bubble Station like this one from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons will keep kids happy for hours! As long as they can keep filling those cups up they’ll be having a blast with their bubbles.
Learn more: Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons
30. DIY Ping Pong Tic Tac Toe Game
Here’s another great way to make an outdoor tic tac toe board. Check out all the details on making your own DIY Ping Pong Tic Tac Toe Game in this tutorial.
Learn more: Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls
31. DIY Backyard Bean Bag Toss Game
If you love a DIY project making this DIY Backyard Bean Bag Toss Game for your kids will make them very happy. For this project, you will need some plywood, paint, a riveter, rivets, mesh and some power tools. Fancy having a go?
Learn more: Thrift Diving
32. DIY Bean Bag Toss
If you rather keep it simple here’s a super simple DIY Bean Bag Toss that you can set up very quickly with some clay pot saucers, spray paint and beanbags. This tutorial includes a free printable numbers template for the saucers.
Learn more: Mod Podge Rocks
More Backyard Games
Looking for more backyard game ideas? Here are our 4 of our top picks for the best yard games for families *that you can buy*. (These are affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you end up purchasing something.)
Our Top 4 (Out of 13 Best Games)
Best Low Activity Yard Game: Cornhole – This bean bag toss game is our pick for the best low-key game for your backyard BBQ.
Best Active Game: Spikeball – Super-fun, easy to learn, and will definitely get your heart rate up.
Best Budget Game: Kickball – wins for the best budget-friendly yard game for families. All you need is a simple rubber ball, and you can use some toss-down bases or make your own.
Best for Large Groups: Glow-In-The-Dark Capture the Flag – Lots of fun for large groups of up to 20 people.