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Easy DIY Lawn Games You Can Build


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Ladder Ball
You can buy a ladder ball game (under the trademark Ladder Golf) but you can build your own set as well. Ladder Golf
You can buy a ladder ball game (under the trademark Ladder Golf) but you can build your own set as well. Ladder Golf

Ladder ball, a mainstay of summer campers and backyard gamers, requires a few simple supplies to build.

  • You'll need a 3/4-inch (1.9-centimeter) diameter PVC pipe cut in nine 2-foot (61-centimeter) lengths and six 1-foot (30.4-centimeter) lengths. Most home improvement stores will cut the pipe to your specifications.
  • You'll also need to buy six PVC pipe elbows, also called standard joints.
  • Last, don't forget to grab six T-fittings.

For the base, connect six 2-foot lengths of pipe using four elbows and two T-fittings so that they form a rectangle. The T-fittings should be at the center of the longest sides of the rectangle. Using these T-fittings, you will build a "ladder" by placing a 1-foot length of pipe into each T-fitting. Connect these vertical pipes with a horizontal 2-foot length and T-fittings. Repeat twice, creating a three-tier ladder. One the final tier, you'll use elbows instead of T-fittings.

To make the game pieces, drill holes into a pair of tennis balls and connect with nylon rope, 25 inches or 63 centimeters long, leaving one foot of rope between them. Tie off the rope after it passes through each ball. (You may need to attach one end of the rope to a paper clip or crochet needle to get it through the ball.) Repeat until six game pieces have been created [source: Mom Endeavors].

The object is to toss the balls so they wrap around the bars. For each successful toss, a point is scored. The first player to reach 21 points wins. (More game instructions are at How Ladder Ball Works).