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DIY Ring Toss Game

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This fun and colorful DIY Ring Toss Game is easy to put together. It's practically guaranteed to create endless fun for summertime parties, backyard entertaining, picnics, tailgating, and just everyday boredom busters for the kids (who doesn't love ring toss, right?). See how we made our own 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 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 Game

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
Since moving to our new home, our backyard has become a great place for outdoor gatherings since it's a bit larger. 

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. Plus, it's a ton of fun.

Ring Toss Supplies

Ring Toss Supplies

Soda Bottle Upcycle

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.

Chalk Painting Glass 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 is just okayish.

How to Make a Ring Toss Set

  • 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).

Sanding Chalk Paint
  • My son painted over the entire box with the blue chalk paint (including painting over the vinyl letters). 
  • We left the inside of the box as is, since ours was already painted. But, feel free to give yours the same treatment as you use on the outside of the box, if you prefer.
  • 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.
Chalk painting 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. Sanding always covers a multitude of imperfections.
Annie Sloan Dark Wax

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. 

Sisal 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.

Homemade Ring Toss

How We Keep Score in Ring Toss

We keep the score-keeping as simple as possible.
  • 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 until everyone is worn out!
  • If you prefer to purchase plastic rings, make sure to have two colors so you can easily keep score.

Backyard Games

More Ring Toss Tutorials:

  • This cute Ring Toss Game from Everyday Dishes has a fun Americana theme to it.
  • If you need a set by the pool, this Pool Noodle Ring Toss from Trish Sutton is super creative.
  • And this 2-Liter Ring Toss from Carnival Savers is an easy the ringed soda bottle ends up as the prize!
  • This Indoor Ring Toss, from Moms Collab, uses pipe cleaners and paper towel rolls! It's perfect for rainy day fun.
DIY Vintage Ring Toss Set
 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!