Check out this DIY football toss game I just made. I themed mine as a FL Gators football toss game but of course you can use whatever colors your favorite football team sports.
This standing bean bag toss game is so easy to make! It’s an easy backyard game to make for a family gathering.
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Supplies to make a Fl Gators DIY Football Toss Game
- 1 – 1⁄2˝x 2′ x 4′ sanded plywood board cut into a 2′ x 3′ and 2′ x 7″ pieces
- 2– 1˝x 4˝x 12′ common boards cut to 4 pieces at 4′
- 1- paint stick cut to 7″
- 1- paint stick cut to 2 piece, each 3/4″ x 1 1/8″
- 1- scrap wood cut to 1″ x 3/4″ cut to 7″
- 2 Packs – Everbilt #10 x 11⁄4˝ Phillips Zinc-Plated Flat-Head Wood Screw [8 per Pack]
- 1 Pack – #10 x 3⁄4˝ Phillips Zinc-Plated Flat-Head Wood Screw [12 per Pack]
- 1 Pack – Everbilt 21⁄2˝ Zinc-Plated Narrow Utility Hinges [2 Pack]
- green, orange, white and blue paint
- chalkboard paint
- one foot length of string or twine
- one small nail
Tools you’ll need to build a DIY football toss game
- compound miter saw
- drill bits – 1⁄2˝ and 1⁄8˝
- nail gun
- measuring tape or carpenters square
- safety goggles
- sanding block
Start by cutting the pieces for the frame, the front board and the scoreboard.
Using the sanding block, lightly sand the edges of all the sharp corners.
Make a mark in the center of the front panel 9″ from the top and 9″ from the bottom. Use a nail or a push-pin, a piece of string or twine and a pencil to draw two circles on the front of the football toss game board. Use a 4″ string for the top circle, and n 6″string for the bottom circle.
I used my jigsaw to cut both the plywood front board and the circles on my DIY football toss game. Drill a hole large enough for your jigsaw blade close to the center, then cut the circles out like this.
Add some wood glue onto the back of the base of the chalk pocket. Attach it to the left side of the scoreboard with a nail gun.
Using the wood glue and your nail gun, attach the two sides next, and then the front.
Assemble the front and back frames like the picture below using the 1 1/4″ screws. Drill pilot holes to make the job easier. The top support will be flush with the legs at the top and sides. The bottom support will be 9″ from the bottom. The front DIY football toss game board will fit in the space between the top and bottom support.
Do a quick check and make sure it will fit before securing the bottom support!
I painted my pieces before assembling my football toss game. I used my silhouette and made stencils with contact paper, but you could easily pick up alphabet stencils to customize your project.
I used my carpenters square to edge and stripe my football toss front panel and marked off the areas with painters tape for delicate surfaces.
Now it’s time to put everything together!
You’ll add the hinges to the top of the legs, not the brace. That way they will be hidden inside when the DIY football toss game is standing.
Last, attach the front of the game board to the frame using 1 1/4″ wood screws at each corner. Again, drilling pilot holes makes it easy and helps prevent the wood from splitting.
Turn it over and attach the score board under the top brace with a 1 1/4″ screw at each corner.
How fun is this?
I can’t wait to play!
I’m planning on using my DIY football toss game this Father’s Day for some family fun.
We’ll have a good time, and no doubt a few good laughs, especially since I can’t throw worth a hoot. Maybe the guys will spot my team a few points 😉 I have no doubt splitting into teams and keeping score will bring out the competitive spirit in us all!
Part of the fun with a project like this one is putting a personal spin on it. While I was painting mine, I started a running list in my head of ways to personalize this game. I thought it would make a fun bean bag toss game, paint it pink and make it a powder puff football toss game or even a water balloon toss could be fun. This game would be a hit for birthday or school parties too, and I love that it folds flat for storage.
How would you put a personalized spin on your DIY Football Toss Game?
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Gwenn Pate Asher says
Wendi did you install your paver patio? That looks real nice and thinking about having one done. I am a displaced Floridian in Southeast rural Missouri and trying to put some Gulf Coast style in my backyard. (so home sick) Your roped border may help me do that!
Thank you so much for the compliment! The paver patio was there when we bought the house. The rope boarder was a great way to update the planter area. I’ve actually just updated this entire area again. You can see it here https://h2obungalow.com/coastal-backyard-makeover-reveal/. Thank you for your note and good luck creating your coastal-Floridian vibe!
WENDI!!!!!! I love the score idea for the back!!! IT”S AWESOME!!!
Hi Deborah & thank you:) I think it’s the perfect solution for a competitive family! Thank so much for your visit:)
Oh Wendi, you don’t know how sorry I am to hear that you are a Gator fan. I am a big Seminole fan, and have been for well over 30 yrs. I just don’t know what to say, I’m at a loss for words, Haha.
I do love your game board though, but it would be so much better painted garnet and gold. LOL
Even though you are a gator I will continue with your blog, because it is one of my favs. and I constantly learn from you. You are very talented and I love your work. This will take some getting used to though haha.
Patty… Thanks SO much for the good laugh! Perhaps I’ll come up with a project in garnet and gold for you…oh wait, I have lots of green and orange paint left over I have to use… 😉 Thanks so much for the sweet compliment, it really makes my day when someone shares that I help teach them new tricks and inspire new ideas! Have a good weekend:)
GO GATORS!! I see your family has an unanimous team. We couldn’t choose one team, so it was left plain. Hey, I love the score board on the back.
Hi Cristina 🙂 Yes we are Fl Gators all the way:) I loved the scoreboard idea, it definitely ups the ante on the fun when scoring is involved! Thanks so much for your visit!