How to Make a DIY Giant Jenga Game

Learn how to build a Giant Jenga Game. This Jenga game is the perfect yard game and we built this for my younger brother, Sam, and sister-in-law’s, Lindsay, wedding. The Jenga Game is an easy DIY project that you can accomplish in just a couple hours and can be built out of recycled 2″x4″ boards or a few new 2″x4″ boards.

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a DIY Giant Jenga Game. Be sure to watch the video (above), as it shows a lot more of the how-to steps and details of this project.
DIY JENGA GAME

Supply and Tool List for Giant Jenga Game

3/4″ plywood 18″x18″
6 – 2″x4″ x 8′ pine boards to make 54, 10 1/2″ pieces
1 – 2″x” x 6′ pine board to make the sides for 18″x18″ plywood base
Cost: The 2x4s cost under $19 and plywood piece would be around $2

Sandpaper (120 to 180 grit)
Cost: $4 worth of sandpaper for this project

Threaded Feet for base
Cost: About $3 for a pack of 4 from local hardware store

15 Kreg Screws
Cost: Smallest box you can buy is 100-count for around $4

Tools:

Ryobi Orbital Sander
Ryobi Drill Kit
Miter Saw or Circular Saw
Kreg Jig

Tape Measure, Pencil, Ear Protection, Eye Protection

Step 1: Build the Giant Jenga Game Platform

Cut the 3/4″ plywood to 18″x18″ using a circular saw or even a table saw. Then make a frame out of 2″x4″ boards. Cut two boards to 15″ and two boards to 18″ using a circular or miter saw. Then, using a Kreg Jig and Kreg Screws, we attach the 2″x4″ cut boards to the plywood and to each other to form the base for the platform.

Giant Jenga Game Base Assembly

We then screwed holes and attached the threaded self-leveling feet on the platform.

Giant Jenga Game Base

Step 2: Gather 2x4s and Cut out the 54 Jenga Pieces

With the 2″x4″ boards, we cut 54 Jenga pieces at 10 1/2″ each. I’d recommend setting up a ‘stop’ on your miter saw to make the process go much quicker.

Giant Jenga Game Cuts

Step 3: Sand the Jenga Pieces

Using either an orbital saw or a benchtop belt sander, we sand each piece smooth on the ends and the sides. We had a pretty good assembly line going between me cutting the pieces and passing down the line to my brother and his fiance who were sanding.

Giant Jenga Game Sanding

Step 4: Stack the Jenga Pieces up

Place your constructed plywood and 2″x4″ platform on the ground and stack up the 2″x4″ Jenga pieces in rows of 3, alternating the direction of stacking every layer.

Giant Jenga Game Stacking

Step 5: Play Jenga!

This is a great, fun project to make with a friend or family members. This Giant Jenga Game is a hit at wedding receptions, family reunions, bbq’s, or any other get together. See how long you can play until it all falls down! Have fun and build a DIY Giant Jenga Game!

Giant Jenga Game Playing

Giant Jenga Game Playing 2

  • Nathan Cousley

    I made the playing surface into the holder. It measures 16.75″ x 24.5″ on the outside.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1cbc175e2d117f492bf1d0bc8fb83a1e51d84c4688680b724d6810c8d7deb4a1.jpg

    • DIYPETE

      Nathan, what a great idea! Looks good and is really convenient!

  • Nora T

    Hey Pete-
    Do you have a specific bin that you would recommend for storing the Jenga pieces? I’m not making the base because I don’t have money in a budget for the additional materials (I’m making several games to donate), but I need to provide the places I’m donating these games to with a bin for storage. I would appreciate your insight!

    • Hi Nora! Elizabeth commented below with a bin she made. Looks pretty simple to make. But as for bins to buy I unfortunately don’t have any great recommendations. If anyone does please chime in! — Perhaps a rubbermaid storage tub?

      • Nora T

        Thank you, but I just purchased some tubs at Target the other day. Thanks anyways!

    • KB

      Use a wooden pallet they are free, take it apart, cut to size and make your base.
      EASY!!!

  • JimG.

    I am hoping to begin construction of my own backyard jenga game very soon. I had the very fun filled experience of going to a party at another DIYer’s house and playing. After about the first round I noticed that a certain number of the 2X4s had been planed so they slid out very easily and were not significantly “load bearing”. I did not see mention of planing in any of your instructions. How well does the game “play” with all of the boards relatively the same 1.5″ thickness? Also, if not planing, how does the inherent warp in a 2X4 affect the playing of the game?

    My inclination after seeing backyard jenga being played would be to plane all of the boards to reduce the warp, and then to additionally plane up to half of the boards and additional 3/64ths or even 1/16th” to make the non-load bearing pieces.

    Your opinions, please?

    • Hi Jim!

      My game has done pretty well and the boards were straight for the most part. However, if you have a planer – I’d use it.

  • Anthony Lopez

    Hi Pete, I am considering getting the Kreg Jig but I was wondering if you have to buy and use the Kreg screws or is there other substitute?

    Thanks for all of the motivation

    • RedRiverD

      One way would be to glue the 2×4’s to the plywood and use countersunk screws to hold them in place. That way they would NOT intefere with the game.

    • William Kocken

      I see no reason why Kreg is necessary. I think you could do well just nailing it together.

  • Noah Davis

    Any suggestions on a carrying case for this giant jenga? Trying to think of a case or bag to transport this game since I will be giving this away as a Christmas gift..

  • Elizabeth Bittner

    I am planning on making one of these for a family member for Christmas, and I have never had to sand anything before. How much sanding was required, do I need to use multiple grits of sandpaper, or is just a finishing sand necessary?

    • DIYPETE

      Hi Elizabeth! Do you by chance have an orbital sander? ( if not borrowing one or picking up a sander will definitely speed up the process ) — After making each cut you basically want to do a quick round over of the edges so they are smooth. We used a belt sander in the video – but an orbital sander will be fast and work just as well. You only need to used one grit. Between 120 and 220 will work perfect. What a great present to gift a family member. Have fun!

      • Elizabeth Bittner

        My dad has a random orbit sander that I can use, if that is the kind you are referencing.
        Thanks.

        • DIYPETE

          Yep that will work! Just something to save you some time from sanding everything by hand. ( You could sand by hand – it would just take a bit longer ) Have a merry Christmas!

  • CRKopf

    I like to cut corners (pun intended.) Do you think I could get away without making the base for this?

    • DIYPETE

      Hi! You could go without the base as long as you have a flat and level surface to play the game on. The platform also makes it so you no’t have to bend down quite as much.

  • Blake Hampton

    Would it be better to use some sort of polyurethane so if they ever get rained on they wouldn’t ruin?

    • DIYPETE

      Hey Blake! Not a bad idea at all. As long as they still slide well, which I think they’d do fine. It’s just another step that will take a while. Paint would be another option if someone wanted to add color. Cheers

  • Brian Joseph

    Hey Pete , if you don’t mind me asking how much do you or would you charge for this set? I’ve made a couple for family never charged for it but people are asking me to now just wondering what price point I should put on it ? Thanks !

    • DIYPETE

      Hi Brian!

      Probably in the neighborhood of $100-$150. Cheers!

  • Lauren Townsend

    I am curious, why you made them 10.5″ long instead of 12″ long because wouldn’t it be 4×3 = 12?

    • downhomer

      The actual measurement of three 2×4’s together equal 10.5

      • DIYPETE

        Thanks! @downhomer:disqus

    • DIYPETE

      Hey Lauren! As downcomer mentioned — three 2×4’s actually comes to 10 1/2 inches. It’s confusing. An actual 2×4 is really 1 1/2 inches thick by 3 1/2 inches wide after it’s all milled down, dried, and for sale at the lumber yard. That’s a pretty common type of question I get from folks 🙂 Cheers!

  • jaycuse

    Made one for my friends wedding. We took it out for a test run and it was quite the hit.

    • DIYPETE

      Hey Jay! I loved the video! Looks like it is going to be perfect for the wedding 🙂 Definitely a fun game. Thanks so much for sharing the video man. Cheers! – Pete