Hello my beautiful followers! My step-son is graduating this year. I can’t even believe it! It feels like yesterday I was being introduced to him for the first time and he was only 8 years old. Time flies by so quickly! I can’t even handle it. I’m sure a lot of you can relate, am I right?! His graduation party is coming up and we decided to have some yard games to play while everyone is hanging out. Everybody loves a good game of corn hole, right? Of course, whenever I’m searching for any type of DIY idea I head straight to Pinterest. (anybody else addicted to that site?) In my hunt for ideas I found a Giant Jenga game. We LOVE the original table top game and decided we were going to make our own giant set. Now before I start this tutorial, let me just say this is a quite the undertaking. We were lucky and had a few tools that made the process go a bit quicker, but if you don’t have the tools we used and have to do it by hand, be prepared to be working on it for a while.
We started out with a bunch of 2X4’s. They were given to us so we just went through them and picked ones that had the least amount of knots and looked the most uniform. You will want to do that as well when choosing your wood. You will then need to measure and cut each 2X4 to 10 1/2 inches. Do not try to cut them to any other size. They will not fit together correctly in the end and all your work will be for nothing. When you stack them they need to be the same dimensions across as they are long. This is why they MUST be cut to 10 1/2 inches. You will see what I mean in a little bit. The game only needs about 60 blocks, however, we cut a few more than that in case any split or we found any that didn’t fit together correctly in the end.
After all your wood pieces are cut you will then want to sand them down. We rounded the ends and sanded each side to make sure they were smooth to prevent any unwanted splinters. (splinters are the worst!) You can do the sanding by hand, (this is the part where our tools saved us LOTS of time) we have a large belt sander and we just turned that baby on and sanded each one. The sanding process took us a little over an hour. If you are doing it by hand, it will take you much…much longer. Also, we did our project in the basement. If you are indoors, you will want to make sure to wear some type of face mask. If you are outdoors you shouldn’t have a problem.
For this next part we took everything outdoors. The wood needs to be sealed and protected with an oil. We purchased boiled linseed oil from Menards and took a couple old socks and just rubbed it into each piece of wood. There is no special tool to help this process go any faster. (Although, many hands make light work. You could ask your little ones to help out with this part.) After all the oil is rubbed onto the blocks, you will need to leave them so the wood can absorb the oil. This will help make the blocks easier to slide as well.
We waited about a week and reapplied a second coat of the boiled linseed oil. Just to make sure they were good and protected. You can go ahead and play with it between times. Just don’t leave them outdoors until the boiled linseed oil has fully soaked in.
If you have any comments or questions post them below! Hope you have fun making this game!