DIY Ring Toss Game — This fun DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game is an entertaining hit for kids and adults and even for those without a yard.
It’s safe to say there’s a sure fire flamingo trend happening these days. And I’m so totally all up on that train! (Don’t you love my way with words?)
Although I wouldn’t exactly call myself a yard ornament kind of girl (and that’s if I even had a yard). So you won’t find any plastic flamingos flocking around my town house.
That being said, I’ve been known to get a little creative with my choice of plastic animals (not weird, I promise).
And this time I’ve gone and made a DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game that’s perfect for your backyard parties. You can make this in no time. And you can use it with or without a grassy area on hand!
For those of you that do have a backyard, congratulations! I’m slightly jealous.
Especially because you also get to skip the second half of this tutorial. So consider yourself winning today because this would be even more easy to set and make!
Outdoor Games | The Rules Of Ring Toss
The rules to this game are fairly simple to make up. I say that because is there really a set way to play “ring toss”?
I’m pretty sure every kid ever has played at least 1,000 different renditions of this game. So you can really use as many or as little flamingos as you want.
The point of the backyard game still stays the same: All players must stand in the same spot and try to toss as many rings around the target (the flamingos) as possible.
You can line them all up or make harder targets by spreading them out, with the ones further away being worth more points. Ring toss encourages active play and lots of hand eye coordination.
Being that this is a DIY game, the rules and set up are totally up to you!
Bocce ball, tic tac toe, lawn darts, cornhole game, lawn bowling, giant Jenga — they’re all popular backyard games but nothing is as all-age friendly as ring toss.
Materials Needed to Make The DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game Set
Plastic flamingos with stakes — The quantity is up to how many or as few as you want. You can also purchase different sizes.
Lightweight plastic rings — Ring toss can also be played with rope rings. However, I prefer plastic rings since they’re easier to throw (and paint). Plus, they look prettier too! You can purchase plastic rings at any party supplies store or online.
Spray paint for plastic surfaces in the colors of your choice — Optional only needed if you don’t have a yard or if you don’t want to stake your flamingos into the grass.
Planters — Optional only needed if you don’t have a yard or if you don’t want to stake your flamingos into the grass. I purchased mine from Ikea.
How Can You Play This DIY Ring Toss Game Without A Yard?
If you don’t have a yard, you’ll also need planters filled with heavy sand or packed down soil to stick the flamingos in. You can mix and match the types and height of your planters too.
The planters are an easy solution so that you can play indoor or outdoor.
I spray painted my planters to color coordinate with my flamingos. Once you have all your supplies, you don’t even need to do anything extra to create the game.
BUT if you’re in this for the styling, you can even spray paint each set of rings prettier colors. Just be sure each player as the same amount of colored rings to tell their scores apart.
Spray Painting On Plastic
Make sure to use a plastic surface specific spray paint so it will adhere better to your planters and rings. This also avoids having your paint chip off.
I used Montana Cans spray paint for this project. Depending on how glossy of a look you want, you may also need to prime the planters and rings. (I preferred a more matte look).
If you don’t have spray paint formulated specifically for plastic, you can still use it. However, keep in mind that your items will have to be primed.
How To Make The DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game If You Have A Backyard
Have a nice grassy area available? You can skip the pots and just stick the flamingos straight into the ground! I wasn’t kidding when I told you how easy this DIY backyard game was!
If you’d like, you can still spray paint your rings (for the aesthetics).
More Fun Outdoor DIY Ideas
You can make your backyard even more fun with a few outdoor DIY projects from our archives —
- Retro beach umbrella
- Outdoor succulent wall accent
- Modern DIY sculptural wind chime
- Washers backyard game
- Balloon dipped citronella candles
- Pretty outdoor toys for your kids
- Easy outdoor and indoor movie night ideas
What do you guys think? Isn’t this super cute? And I love that this DIY Flamingo Ring Toss matches with Jared’s Vans Doren shoes.
Our intern, Kayla came up with the bright idea DIY ring toss, and I just wanted to squeeze her for it it since ring toss is seriously not just a game for kids but for everyone!!
I’ll feel like this would make a great summer wedding reception game or indoor and outdoor birthday party activity too. Or you still have plenty of time to bust this out for the Fourth of July!
DIY Backyard Games Idea | DIY Flamingo Ring Toss
DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game
- Drop or rag cloth to cover surface when painting
If You Want To Color Coordinate Your Planters & Rings:
- Spray paint your planters.
- Spray paint each set of rings. You can have as many rings as you like, but be sure each player as the same amount of colored rings to tell their scores apart.
- Leave to dry completely. You can tell if spray paint is dry if the painted surface does not stick to your hands. Depending on how many coats sprayed, it should about an hour to drive.
If You Have A Grassy Yard & Don't Want To Use Planters:
- Stake your flamingos to the ground.
- Start playing!
If You Don't Have A Grassy Yard &/Or Want To Use Planters:
- Once dry, fill your planters with heavy sand, rocks or packed down soil to stick the flamingos in.
- Stake the flamingos into the planters.
- Line the planters up, or make harder targets by spreading them out, with the ones further away being worth more points.
- Start playing!