Make an Even Bigger Boom

By: Adam Lansdell

Raise the stakes higher with DIY Giant Jenga

Face it: There’s very little in this world that’s more satisfying than hearing 54 wooden blocks come crashing to the ground to signal your foe’s defeat. I’m of course speaking about Jenga – the game where players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower and then placing each on top of the structure, creating a teetering tower of impending doom.

Now let’s take the stacking out back … and magnify it by five! With a bit of wood-cutting skill and patience, you can take Jenga to the next level on the lawn with Giant Jenga!

What you’ll need:

  • Six 8-foot-long 2-by-4-inch boards to make 54, 10 1/2-inch pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw (a handsaw or chop saw should do)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain or paint (optional)


With your pencil and tape measure, simply mark and divide your 2-by-4-inch pieces into 54, 10 1/2-inch pieces. Each will act as a piece of the larger structure. From here, we recommend that you use sandpaper to smoothen each piece to avoid players getting nasty splinters. If you want to take it a step further, we recommend staining or decorating your pieces.