i should be mopping the floor: DIY Vintage Ring Toss

Thursday, June 2, 2016

DIY Vintage Ring Toss

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This fun, tropical-colored DIY Vintage Ring Toss is easy to put together...and will create loads of awesomeness for summertime parties, backyard fun, and just everyday boredom busters for the kids (who doesn't love ring toss, right?). See how we made our vintage ring toss set below. 
Ring Toss Game
It's the season of backyard play and outdoor get togethers, y'all! We just had our first summer par-tay this past weekend...and our new DIY Vintage Ring Toss was put to good use. This is such an easy backyard game...both to make and to play. Check out how I put a fun shabby vibe on this simple craft below. 

DIY Vintage Ring Toss

Vintage Ring Toss
Don't these bottles look all kinds of beach-y and tropical? Their colors are my fave. And it's a fantastic way to bring the tropics into the backyard! This ring toss project requires no special skills. My nine-year-old helped me from start to finish. Our ring toss game has already turned into a family favorite.  

Ring Toss Supplies

Ring Toss Supplies

DIY Ring Toss Set
My kids will forever remember that day in May 2016 when mom came home and said, "I've got lots of soda I need you to drink up...fast!" We don't drink a lot of soda around here, so they were elated. We were about to host my husband's grandmother's birthday party and needed some outdoor games for the kids, stat! Ring toss was PERFECT! (He may have gotten more soda on himself!)

Ring Toss Bottles

Creating the Ring Toss:

Before creating your vintage ring toss, wash and rinse your bottles very well. Then dry well. The number of bottles you need depends on the size of box you use.

bottle painting
Use your chalk paint to paint the outsides of the bottles. The chalk paint will adhere to the glass surface better than other paints will. No sanding at this point...just paint! We did a variety of fun tropical colors on our bottles, just to make the game feel super summery.

backyard games
The box I used is from a couple of years ago when I created my own vintage soda crates (see that complete tutorial here). Their depth was just perfect for a ring toss, so I used one for this game. You can make your own box like I did or look for a shallow one at a craft store. To bring in the color of the bottles, I painted one side the same yellow I used. Then I added vinyl lettering (I use a vinyl machine to cut mine, but you can find ready-made ones at craft stores). 

Vintage Paint Technique
My son painted over the entire box with the blue chalk paint (including painting over the vinyl letters). Then we peeled off the letters to reveal the 'ring toss' words. I took my sanding sponge and lightly sanded over the entire piece, giving it that vintage feel.

sanding bottles
I sanded the bottles, too...so they wouldn't feel left out of our vintage vibe. ;)

Dark Wax Application
This is completely an optional step, but I like to wax my chalk-painted pieces. It adds some depth and texture and a whole extra level of vintage-ness. I wipe my wax on with a lint-free cloth. If you use too much dark wax, you can use natural wax to actually pull it back off (sounds counterintuitive, but it really does work).

Ring Toss Rings
To make the rings, simply cut pieces of your rope...make sure they're not too big for the bottles you use. Use the colored masking tape to secure the rope ends together. (You can also add a dab of hot glue for an extra measure of security).

Tropical Ring Toss
Now you're ready to toss those rings!

Tossing Rings
All of the kiddos had a great time with this. We use the colors of the masking tape on the rings to determine scores (one kid had all yellow rings, one had all pink, etc.). Whoever ringed the most bottles won! 

Ring Toss Boxed Set

More Ring Toss Tutorials:

Easy Ring Toss DIY
What fun outdoor games do you like to play in the summer?


  1. What a beautiful idea love the colors and it is fairly easy to make thanks for sharing and participating #client

  2. I love this for a game but I also think it would look great on a porch!

  3. What a great idea. My grandkids would love this. Would look great a decor.

  4. I have been wanting to make one of these sets for at least 15 years. This turned out better than I ever dreamed. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. so so so so cute!! I like the idea of getting the kids involved

  6. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it at our DIY Sunday Showcase party! It was one of my Top 6 favs and will be pinned in our DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board.

  7. This is such a neat idea! You're going to be featured at the Creativity Unleashed link party this week!

  8. This is adorable! My kids are older now, but this would be a perfect decoration for my beach-themed guest room.

    Congrats on your feature in the #ThisIsHowWeRoll link party at Organized 31! I'm pinning this great idea now!