DIY Giant Bananagrams Yard Game

The first DIY Yard Games post had a great response. I got even more requests for DIY Yard Games, so this is part 2 in the series of Yard games.

In this post we’ll again, go over some DIY Yard Games and their instructions. Some of these games require a little more work and creativity than others.

Giant Bananagrams DIY Instructions:

You need 3 materials to make your tile.

Wooden Squares

You have a variety of options to choose from when it comes time for your square purchase. You can go with something that is lightweight but not too durable, or you could opt out completely and just get some wood squares in order make an elegant project without any hardware at all.

The wooden square is a classic shape with many different colors, styles, and finishes to choose from. You can even have one personalized for your own needs.


This durable pressed wood product, Masonite has one smooth and unfinished side while Hardboard is made up of 2 sides that are both smoothly finished.

Painting these items up nicely can be achieved with little effort by either painters or even carpenters who want an easy project for their workshop space.

You’ll find precut squares available on Amazon if you’re looking to purchase some quality material without having too much leftover after cutting pieces yourself – just make sure not to get confused between sizes when ordering because they will vary depending upon what kind/brand piece, etc.

The downside? It’s not exactly lightweight so you’ll have trouble carrying around your work in tight spaces or if it gets too heavy rain outside. Expect about $100+ just from buying the board itself without even considering all other materials needed like paint & graphics cards (which can add up quickly).

As seen above with these Masonite squares pictures taken at 12″ x12″, this may be larger than what you need but there are plenty more options available such as designing your own shape.


Luan is a material that has great aesthetic value. It’s made up mostly of tropical hardwoods and offers an excellent finish, with the top layer being thin plywood for added durability in case you happen to hit it off your deck or something like that.

DIY Instructions:

The best material for tiles is 2/8 inch plywood, but it’s not always available. You can get close with 3/8″ thick boards and just trim away at the edges when cutting up your squares (which will also give you more space).

Buy two sheets of each thinner wood type; don’t go cheap on expensive brands because this game has some loyal fans who memorize which side has knots or painted symbols and remember they’re probably younger than us too. So make sure there are no mistakes before painting everything else bright colors.

The tiles pictured were painted yellow, but that is optional and can be very time-consuming. The next step after cutting out your letters from plywood or other material should always involve sanding them so you don’t get any slivers when grabbing the board during playtime.

If a person has great artistic talent like myself then they would enjoy free-handing their design on 1″ sponge brush strokes – if not just buy yourself some letter stencils instead because it’ll save quite literally hours in painting over mistakes later down the line (I understand all too well how frustratingly annoying this task may seem). Once everything has been prepared properly. You’re now ready to apply 3 separate coats of decal/coloring.

2: J, K, Q, X, Z

3: B, C, F, H, M, P, V, W, Y

4: G

5: L

6: D, S, U

8: N

9: T, R

11: O

12: I

13: A

18: E

When you’re looking for a way to bring your event alive and make it more than just another boring meeting or networking session, look no further.

Yard games are an excellent choice because not only can they provide entertainment with their own unique spin on Truth or Dare style activities but also allow participants plenty of opportunities to take turns winning prizes in typically scavenger hunt-like formats while enjoying great food provided by one team’s via invitation only dealabsortia counterpart dishes up mouthwatering cuisine flawlessly branded into celebration mode at all times.

Yard games are a great way to let everyone join in the fun. Whether you’re celebrating at your local park or tailgating before football games, these backyard gatherings provide entertainment for all ages and can even help Outdoorsy people get their fill-on food while they enjoy playing some DIY yard game that is perfect just as much if not more than any commercialized version.

Yard Bananagrams

Yard Bananagrams is a super-fun word game that adults seem to enjoy as much if not more than kids. I’ve just recently discovered this amazing board game and wanted to share it with all my fellow scrabble lovers out there. The best part about playing yard bananas is those giant letters you get from your friends so they can spell words using their own creativity, which ends up being quite challenging even for me (I’m pretty good at spelling).

Rules/How to Play:

  • Put the tiles face down in the center of the open area such as a large lawn.
  • In this game, every player picks up a certain number of tiles, depending on how many people are playing. If there are 2-4 people playing, each person will pick up 21 tiles. If there are 5-6 people playing, each person will pick up 15 tiles. If there are 7-8 players playing, each person will pick 11 tiles.
  • The game ofTile Split begins when each player has laid out their tiles in an open space. The first person to yell “Split!” starts off this fun and interactive math activity for friends with many possibilities that can be played on either side or underneath depending upon your preference; it’s always best if everyone agrees before starting so no one feels left out during gameplay (and also prevents arguments).
  • When players turn over their tiles, they can begin to make words.
  • When creating a word, it is important to think about how your words can connect and intersect.
  • Once all of a player’s tiles are used up, they yell “Peel!” and everyone must run back to the middle of their yard for another tile.
  • Players can move their tiles around as much as they want.
  • If a player has a tile that is difficult to place in a word, that player may yell, “Dump!” and put that tile back in the middle of the playing board. In exchange, that player will get three new tiles.
  • When only a few tiles are left in the center, it’s time for Bananagrams. The first player to place all their letters becomes the winner.
  • The player with the most legal words is pronounced winner! All other players should check this person’s word choices to ensure they are correct (found in your dictionary). If everything looks good, then you’ve found a true genius who will always know what word was meant.

How to make an outdoor word game

We all know that kids love to play outside, but do they have any ideas on what kind of activities you can engage in when there’s no playground close by? Here is a list for them.

Get some supersized lawn letters and make-up games with your child. For example “forward,” “backward,” or even one about going around in circles could be fun ways at getting fresh air while having quality time together.

How to make an outdoor word game

Gather your supplies

  • 100 x 15mm x 1.5m fence palings (7).
  • Timber pegs (6).
  • 7mm x 5m nylon rope or cord sash.
  • Deluxe Weather shield Low Sheen in Black and Vivid White.

You’ll also need

Furthermore, you need more things like:

  • Sticky tape.
  • Mini paint roller.
  • Utility knife.
  • Power drill and drill bits.
  • Tape measure.
  • Pencil.
  • Handsaw.
  • Power or mouse sander.
  • Dust mask.
  • Lump hammer.
  • A4 paper.

These things will help to make outdoor word games.

Here’s how:

Step 1

To give your fence a smooth finish, sand down the surfaces of the palings. Then, use a mini roller to paint the surfaces white. Allow them to dry before adding any other colors.

Step 2

Measure and mark 100mm from the edge of paling and cut with a handsaw. Use this square (tile) to mark along paling, then cut each tile to size. Repeat for all palings, until you have 100 tiles.

Step 3


To make a stencil, paint the edges of tiles white and allow them to dry. Print letters on separate sheets of paper large enough for each tile so they are visible before cutting out these pieces with scissors or knife- Although it’s best not completely cut out all except B D O R P Q), leave space between connections points which you can then fill in more easily if needed – just be careful not mix up your paints.

Step 4


Once the tiles are completely dry, position your stencil on top and paint black. Make these amounts of each letter:

E x 10; A x 8; R x 7; I x 7; O x 7; T x 7; N x 7; S x 5; L x 5; C x 5; D x 4; U x 4; P x 3; M x 3; H x 3; G x 2; B x 2; F x 2; Y x 2; J x 1; W x 1; K x 1; V x 1; X x 1; Z x 1; Q x 1.

Step 5

Mark and drill 50mm down from the top of 1 timber peg, then repeat with remaining pegs.

Step 6


To make it easier to feed the rope through the hole follow these steps:

  • Tape 1 end of the rope.
  • Thread it through a hole in 1 peg.
  • Tie a knot to secure.
  • Cut the rope to 1100mm.
  • Feedthrough another peg and knot.
  • Repeat to make 2 more tile holders.

Step 7

  • Drive pegs into the ground.
  • Ensuring rope is taut.
  • Tile holders face away from each other.
  • Place tiles face down on the ground.
  • Every player picks 7 tiles and puts them along with their rope holder.
  • Now, let’s start the game.
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