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20 DIY Tailgate Games to Kick Your Party Up a Notch

These fun games are Super Bowl party #goals!

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Studio DIY!

Is it just us or is tailgating almost as exciting as the big game itself? First, there’s all the delicious tailgate food that will keep your whole crew coming back for more. Then there are the classic tailgate games that are so much fun you’ll almost forget you’re still waiting for kickoff! Whether you’re throwing a Super Bowl party at home, pregaming in the parking lot, or just hanging out in your backyard on football Sunday, there are plenty of fun DIY tailgate games that will be a hit with your friends and family. (They'll fit in perfectly with your football decorations, too!)

Jumbo-size versions of checkers, matching, and dice will take the games you've always loved to the next level, while football and beanbag tosses will bring out your competitive side (in a good way!). Don't be intimidated by these DIY projects—most of them are easy enough for even entry-level crafters to create. But the best thing by far about these football games is that they're fun for the whole family, from kids to parents to grandparents. So grab your jerseys and finger foods, bundle up, and let the tailgate games begin!

tailgate games diy field goal yard game
Sugar & Cloth
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Field Goal Washer Game

Make this football-inspired version of the classic washer toss game as easy or challenging as you'd like based on the size of the washers. You can play this tabletop game indoors or outdoors.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.


tailgate games giant lawn checkers
Dream a Little Bigger
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Giant Lawn Checkers

This outdoor checkers game is more than twice the size—and twice the fun— of the regular version! The pieces are made of lightweight wood plaques, making this game easy to transport to your tailgate party.

See more at Dream a Little Bigger.

tailgate games
Studio DIY!
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DIY Donut Cornhole

Pregaming with pastries? Sign us up! This sweet twist on cornhole involves tossing donut holes through the tabletop boards.

See more at Studio DIY!.

tailgate games football commercial bingo
Crazy Little Projects
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Football Commercial Bingo

Who doesn't love watching the commercials during the big game? This clever bingo game will make your breaks even more fun.

See more at Crazy Little Projects.

tailgate games football donuts on a string
Kid Friendly Things to Do
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Football Donuts on a String Game

Games are just more fun when they involve sweet treats. For this tailgate challenge, players compete to be the first one to take a bite out of a donut hanging from twine. It's harder than you might think!

See more at Kid Friendly Things to Do.


tailgate games diy lawn matching game
Studio DIY!
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Giant Lawn Matching Game

Kick off the festivities with a fun oversized matching game in your backyard. This one is summer-themed, but you can easily give it a football twist.

See more at Studio DIY!.

tailgate games football stack it game
Kid Friendly Things to Do
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Football Stack It Game

This "minute to win it" game asks players to stack as many football-themed plastic cups as possible in under a minute.

See more at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

tailgate games game time bingo printable
Studio DIY!
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Game Time Bingo

Keep an eye out for penalty flags, junk food, and talking animals, and you just might win this football-inspired bingo game. Best of all, it's easy to pull together thanks to a free printable.

See more at Studio DIY!.

tailgate games football toss
Kid Friendly Things to Do
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Football Toss Game

If you have scissors and a spare sheet lying around, then you can easily DIY this backyard football toss game. It's fun for kids and adults alike!

See more at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

tailgate games stars and stripes tic tac toe
Somewhat Simple
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Stars and Stripes Tic-Tac-Toe

This rustic stars and stripes version of tic-tac-toe is made from painted craft wood slices. You'll play this timeless game for years to come.

See more at Somewhat Simple.


tailgate games diy painted cornhole game
Lovely Indeed
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Painted Cornhole Game

The classic game of cornhole is a must-have for any tailgate party. This painted geometric board will add a touch of style to your gathering!

See more at Lovely Indeed.

tailgate games diy lawn dice game
Dream a Little Bigger
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DIY Outdoor Lawn Dice Game

You can use these oversized dice to play a bunch of different games, including Yardzee, an outdoor version of Yahtzee that will get the whole family outside.

See more at Dream a Little Bigger.

tailgate games football toss game
H20 Bungalow
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Football Toss Game

Show off your team spirit by painting this standing beanbag toss game in your favorite team's colors.

See more at H2o Bungalow.

tailgate games horseshoes
Houseful of Handmade
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This DIY horseshoe pit isn't the easiest project, but it's one that will provide a lifetime of entertainment, starting with your next tailgate!

See more at Houseful of Handmade.

tailgate games plinko
Happiness Is Homemade
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Backyard Plinko

Plinko is one of the most popular games on The Price Is Right and this easy DIY project proves that it can be just as much fun in your backyard as it is in your living room!

See more at Happiness Is Homemade.


tailgate games ping pong
Jen Woodhouse
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Ping Pong

This DIY ping pong table folds up for easy storage and transportation. Play in your backyard for fall tailgates or your basement for winter games.

See more at Jen Woodhouse.

tailgate games football knockdown
Kid Friendly Things to Do
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Football Knock Down Game

This game is just as fun as it is festive. To play, simply toss a football at the stacked cups and try to knock down as many as possible.

See more at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

tailgate games football glow in the dark ring toss
Kid Friendly Things to Do
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Football Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

When the sun goes down on game day, it's time to play this fun ring toss. All you'll need is a football and stand and some glow in the dark necklaces.

See more at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

tailgate games hook and ring game
H20 Bungalow
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Hook and Ring Game

The hook and ring game, also known as the ring on a string game, is super popular at beachside bars and restaurants in Florida. Now you can bring this fun game to your backyard using just a few items from your local hardware store.

See more at H2o Bungalow.

tailgate games tabletop cornhole game
Houseful of Handmade
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Tabletop Cornhole

Pull out this mini tabletop cornhole game to entertain your guests whenever the weather isn't cooperating. Your can buy the beanbags online or DIY your own with this easy tutorial.

See more at Houseful of Handmade.


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