Hipsteaders is officially 1 year old! It’s our very first blog anniversary–blogiversary! It all started with an Ice Pop Party exactly one year ago today. For us, we have not only thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share our DIY, green, homemade, handmade, scratchmade projects with you but we have also reconnected in a new way as best friends. Thanks readers, friends and family for all of your support this year! We look forward to sharing even more hip, handmade projects with you in the upcoming year. If you have suggestions, ideas or crazy requests, leave them in the comments.
So, let’s get on with the celebration. Today we are making a Giant Jenga game set that you can bust out at parties, you know like the one you are throwing today for Hipsteaders.
Jenga is a game consisting of 54 blocks stacked in 18 layers of 3 blocks. The goal is to slide out a block and restack it at the top of the pile making it as tall as possible without knocking over the tower. We first played a giant version of the game at a barcade — that’s a bar/arcade combination — with my brother and cousins. The next day, we were determined to build our own. So we scaled up the normal-sized Jenga blocks by 2.54 from 1.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm to 1.5 in x 2.5 in x 7.5 in.
To do this you’ll need:
2×3 lumber (if your boards are 8 ft long, you’ll need 5 of them)
spray paint (4 cans total)
Start by marking each board using your tape measure and pencil. You’ll want to cut each block to be 7.5 inches long. Since a 2×3 is actually 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches, cutting 7.5 inch-long blocks creates perfectly scaled Jenga blocks.
Cut a total of 54 blocks using whatever saw situation you have. We used a miter saw and lots of safety precautions including making an adult do the cutting, wearing safety glasses and even ear protection. Safety first!
Next, enlist the help of anyone you can find (thanks Chris, Nelson and Joey!) to sand all of the blocks. We used 100 and 120 grit sandpaper. Remember the higher the grit number, the finer the sandpaper. Start with the coarser grit and work up to the finer.
You can stop here and play Giant Jenga right now!! Or you can paint the blocks your favorite color(s). We went to the University of Florida. Go Gators! So naturally, our blocks had to be orange and blue. You’ll need a total of 4 cans of spray paint for the job.
Follow the directions on the can and let these blocks dry thoroughly before you play. We recently moved to Denver and Giant Jenga was a big hit at our house warming party!
Happy Blogiversary to all of our readers! We wouldn’t be here without you! Enjoy your new Giant Jenga set at your next party. Send us some pictures. We’d love to share them.
Chels & Jo