Backyard Games Idea: DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game

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.

photo of the DIY flamingo ring toss yard game by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY and entertaining blog.

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!

video of the DIY flamingo ring toss yard game by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY and entertaining blog.

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.

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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.

Sand, rocks or soil — Optional only needed if you don’t have a yard or if you don’t want to stake your flamingos into the grass. 

 

photo of how to make a DIY flamingo ring toss yard game by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY and entertaining blog.

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 stylingyou 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.

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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.

photo of the DIY flamingo ring toss yard game if you don't have a backyard by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY and entertaining blog.

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).

photo of DIY flamingo ring toss yard game by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY and entertaining blog.

More Fun Outdoor DIY Ideas

You can make your backyard even more fun with a few outdoor DIY projects from our archives —

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! 

photo of the DIY flamingo ring toss yard game by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY and entertaining blog.

DIY Backyard Games Idea | DIY Flamingo Ring Toss

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DIY Flamingo 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.
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Outdoor
Keyword: ashley rose, backyard games, flamingos, games
Cost: $75

Equipment

  • Drop or rag cloth to cover surface when painting

Ingredients

Instructions

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!

Notes

The cost and time to make this DIY project depends on whether or not you want to use planters and if you want to paint your planters and/or rings. 

 

32 thoughts on “Backyard Games Idea: DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game”

  1. This is such a cute idea. I love it! I also love that I can order what I need to be delivered to my house and it will give me and kiddos something to do . Thanks!5 stars

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  2. Cute idea, on materials list it doesn’t say what size flamigos are, want the size you used in your DIY. There are several flamingos on your amazon link so don’t know which one to use. Also, you mentioned pots from IKEA, do you have order number and size of pot, is it plastic or ceramic? Thanks.

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    • Hi Tracy! Unfortunately, the original size flamingos I bought are no longer listed as available, but the posts are white ceramic 6in from IKEA!

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    • Hi Karen! Unfortunately, the original size flamingos I bought are no longer listed as available, but if you click on the link, you can browse the similar options from Amazon!

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  3. Do you have a source or demensions for the flamingos and what size are the toss rings …
    This is adorable and sooo Lilly like!!

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  4. Oh my this looks awesome!!! Totally love this idea and will be using for my daughters birthday in a few weeks thank you!!

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  5. HI! I would lOve tO use thEsE for my OUtside wedding reception, but im unsure of sizes? Home depot has great flamingos on sale, but they’re pretty large. I also think the rings i was looking at on amazon were awfully small. Any advice would be great!! Thank you in advance!

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  6. oh wow, been on your blog for maybe 5 minutes and already in love with some of your posts, this idea is awesome (being a no-grass person, too)!

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  7. Love this, I am going to make it for camp this weekend, my daughter is loving pink flamingo’s right now too!! Where did you get the rings???? I hope the Dollar Store still has flamingoes!!

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  8. This is the perfect game! Everything else is just gonna disappoint now! How awesome are these flamingo’s!

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  9. That Kayla is definitely a keeper! I absolutely love this idea – so creative. And Jared’s shoes are so good (I want to add the hand ‘spot on’ emoji very badly).

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  10. This is so freakin cute – and each time someone wins, their prize can be to enjoy eating one of your DIY flamingo macarons!

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