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DIY Ring Toss

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This fun and colorful DIY Ring Toss Game is easy to put together. It's practically guaranteed to create loads of awesomeness for summertime parties, backyard fun, and just every day boredom busters for the kids (who doesn't love ring toss, right?). See how we made our DIY ring toss set below. 

DIY Ring Toss

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 Ring Toss set was put to good use. This is such an easy backyard game, both to make and to play. Check out how we put a fun shabby-chic vibe on this simple craft below.

DIY Vintage Ring Toss

Don't these painted glass bottles (below) look all kinds of beach-y and pretty? Their colors are my absolute fave. This DIY ring toss project requires no special skills. My nine-year-old helped me from start to finish. And our efforts have already paid off: this has quickly turned into a family favorite. 
Ring Toss Craft
Since moving to our new home, our backyard is quite large and really great for outdoor gatherings. But, our kids are kind of passed the playscape age. And while climbing trees and playing tag are fun, we decided to add a couple of old fashioned games to the area. We have a really fun cornhole set set up in the main part of the yard. But, we also bring out this ring toss onto the patio area or side yard for an additional game station.

Ring Toss Supplies

DIY Ring Toss Supplies

How to Make a Ring Toss Game

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!" We don't drink 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. But first...that soda had to be consumed (much to this mom's chagrin and her kids' delight).

Ring Toss Bottles

Making a Ring Toss Set

  • First things first, wash and rinse your bottles very well.
  • Then dry well. 
  • Remember, the number of bottles you need depends on the size of box you use.

Painting Bottles

  • 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 pastel colors on our bottles, just to make the game feel super summery.
  • If you're going for the vintage-look like we did, there is no need for painting perfection here. Later when you sand, they'll look perfectly vintage and fun...even if the paint job was just okayish.

Ring Toss Box

  • The box I used is from a couple of years ago when I created my own vintage soda crates (see that complete tutorial here). The depth of this box 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 we used on some of the bottles. Then I added vinyl lettering.
  • If you prefer, you can skip this extra layer of paint and stencil lettering on the box, instead (using that color of paint as a stencil color, instead).

DIY Ring Toss Box

  • 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.

Painted Glass Bottles

  • I sanded the bottles, they wouldn't feel left out of our vintage vibe. This is why your painting doesn't have to be perfect.

Dark Wax on Wood

This step is completely an optional, 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).
  • Work the wax into the piece until you achieve you desired finish.
  • At this point, you can seal the entire piece with a clear, matte varnish.
    • I like this varnish from Liquitex that you can grab at Amazon here. You can use it on the bottles, too.
    • It is a bit easier to use a spray varnish on the bottles, though. This one from Krylon (available here on Amazon) is one I use again and again.

Even though we are sealing this DIY Ring Toss set, be sure to store it out of the elements when not in use. We accidentally left ours out overnight once and it rained. The box filled with so much water that a few of our bottles were tossed out onto the patio and broke. It was kind of a mess to clean up. 

Making Ring Toss Rings

Ring Toss Rings

I'm listing a couple of options for rings below. We love the homemade sisal ones, but younger children may do better with the store-bought kind that are easier for them to toss.

  • To make the homemade 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).
  • Again, you can grab the premade rings (that are easier to for younger kids to toss) here on Amazon.

Ring Toss Project

How We Keep Score in Ring Toss

All of the kiddos have 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! Then we just play round after round.

More Ring Toss Tutorials:

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

Free Ring Toss Plans


  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!