My cousin Katie got married last weekend (Congrats you two!), and she had made a request for a game of Jumbo Jenga.  Challenge accepted.

DIY Jumbo Jenga

In a traditional game of Jenga, there are 54 pieces.  I planned on keeping this pretty true to the original.  I decided to use 4×4’s for the pieces.  When I calculated how tall it would be, the answer was over 5 feet, in starting position.  NOT INCLUDING playing/re-stacking.  So I decided to make it 33 pieces tall which made the beginning height was just over 3 feet.  I figured that was more “playable.”  Unless you are wanting to break out the Little Giant and play it tower of babble style.  It’s something you might see on Jumbo Games Gone Wild Unrated Edition.

Our version of Jumbo Jenga (33 pieces, 11 “layers” tall) used 4 cedar 4×4’s.  The total cost of wood = $65.00  The only tool I needed was my all time favorite miter saw.  (I’m still angling to win that Ryobi sliding compound miter saw that Sawdust & Embryos is giving away.)

DIY Jumbo Jenga

The cuts were simple, 10.5″ each.

I used a square to help mark my cuts.

Jumbo Jenga DIY

I stacked them as I went.

DIY Jumbo Jenga

You can make 9 10.5″ Jenga pieces per each 4×4.  The cuts took me 45 mins.  And that was while working on a spray painting project on the side.  I may or may not have fallen into project-over-load-mode since I found out I passed my test 🙂

BUT- something embarrassing happened.

Remember how we tore out a half wall AND a closet AND a pantry?  You know that didn’t all fit in our garbage can, right?

DIY Jumbo Jenga

It’s all living hiding embarrassingly  inside the right half of the garage until I decide to pay for a few Bagsters.  The garage is normally my “shop.”  And it’s where the magic happens.  But not this day.  I was just cutting away in the driveway- with all my neighbors staring at “that one crazy lady who uses power tools after 10 PM most nights.”  This is why most of my friends live on the internet.

When all the pieces were diced, we hauled them into the front room for a test drive.  “Hey men of the house!  Want to pretend like we’re having a party and we play Jumbo Jenga so I can take pictures for my blog?!!!”

DIY Jumbo Jenga

DIY Jumbo Jenga

DIY Jumbo Jenga

For an added element of danger, we released the hounds.

DIY Jumbo Jenga

I anticipated playing Jumbo Jenga would be fun, but it was more than fun, it was a RIOT!  I’m happy that we bought enough wood for us to make our own set.  I know it’s going to be a fun game to play out in the backyard.  It was fun to play in the living room too.  I think it’s a great party game.  Now if only they could invent Jumbo Battleship, my life would be complete.  Or Connect Four.  That game is pretty stellar.

The last challenge I had was storage.  Do I just put it in a box and deliver it?  Nah.

I had some old curtains, and you know what I did?  Folded one panel in half, and sewed it together, threaded a rope through the curtain hole to make a drawstring bag.  It was so easy there was no point making a tutorial out of it.

DIY Jumbo Jenga

How easy was that?  Just in time for your summer night parties.

And for optimal pinning experiences, you have your choice of these images should you choose to add this to your collection of pins:

DIY Jumbo Jenga

DIY Jumbo Jenga

What game would you Jumbo size?

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  • AWESOME SAUCE. my favorite part is “we released the hounds.” during animal feeding time in my house we separate Dutch from the cats, and once they’re done eating I yell “release the kracken!!!!!” so matt knows to let him out 🙂


    • Kenz

      lol “RELEASE THE KRACKEN!” I heart you. 🙂

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Dude!!! Nate and I totally have had plans to make this for our yard. But you have bested me, you want to know why?

    A.) You thought of a super easy way to store it
    B.) It occurred to you that people are short and to not make it like 50 feet tall
    C.) You made it as a wedding present, and now I want to make this for EVERYONE I know getting married.

    You’re the best. Welcome back to the internet you ghetto garage dweller!

    • Kenz

      A-I love you
      B-lol, I’m so ghetto
      C-It really does make a great wedding gift.

      LOVE YOU!

  • Kenz! I knew there was a reason I love you. This is GENIUS.

    • Kenz

      EEE!!! Thanks Tracie!

  • Ok, serious question. Is this dangerous? I’ve pondered making it but I know I’ve been slightly injured by the little set so I can only imagine the scrapes I’d have from a large size. It’s totally cool and I’ve pondered it forever…and now you can answer the question that has been holding me back!

    • Kenz

      I was moderately worried about the tumbling. But it was actually REALLY sturdy. I thought it would fall quicker than usual, but it held strong. I feel like really small children shouldn’t play this game, but I’m pretty sure it’s safe for grown ups.

  • I am so happy that you are finished with school, and not just so that my FAVORITE blogger can grace me with more posts to read and adore but also because I know how crazy excited I’m gonna be when I finish school! that’ll only be like….6 years from now… why couldn’t my passion have come with a 2 year degree?! I’d be more than half done by now! oh well! I’m so stoked that you’re happy and back in full force, I have for sure missed you!

    This is such an awesome idea and it seems I have seen something similar somewhere, but at the moment it escapes me. The drawstring bag is killer, what a smart and super easy Idea! and the cedar is just gorgeous! I may have to commission my dad to help me with this project (which I have already pinned, b-t-dubs) I know he would love to have it for his house too.

    You have super inspired me to get to know how to use power tools and do jobs like this and my soda crate on my own. You just plain and simple rock my socks!

    Welcome back girl.

    • Kenz

      Oh B, I sure do adore you! I am rooting for you while you’re going through school. You’re doing SUCH A GREAT JOB! You know, I really love power tools. I can thank my dad for that. He never had sons to teach while we were growing up, so he decided to teach me. I’m pretty grateful for that. You should come out to Utah for a weekend and we can build something together!

  • Jennifer Nicole

    That is so cool! How do you come up with this stuff?? I haven’t been commenting, but I’ve been reading, sister! So happy that you passed! – Jen @ Yellow Brick Cottage (I changed my Google Plus profile, so that weirdo that added you under Jennifer Nicole is me!)

    • Kenz

      Jen! I’ve missed you! Thanks for hanging in there for me 🙂 You are great.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Wow that is so cool. And CONGRATULATIONS on passing your exam. That is wonderful! Pinning your jumbo jenga. Now I will need to learn the rules 😉

    • Kenz

      Ahhhhhh! Thanks Katja! It’s pretty easy. Pull out a piece and stack it on the top until it falls over 🙂

  • Ember1

    If you wanted to do the colorful ones, Rit dye works as a lovely wood stain in colors it can be a bit difficult to find at Home Depot….

    • Kenz

      Ember that is a GREAT idea! This would be SO MUCH FUN in color. Maybe I should do that when I make Aaron and I a set 🙂

  • Heidi Selover

    Yay welcome back!

    I love this! You should sell them. Because I want one and I’m DIY-challenged. Haha. My friend and I made a life-sized Candy Land for her Carnival themed 21st birthday party last year. That was fun. Also, I’ve got a major crush on your sofa.

    • Kenz

      Maybe I SHOULD sell this. It seems like there is a demand for it. I promise it isn’t hard to make though! Life sized Candy Land?! WHAAAAT?! I need pix. That sounds like a real party. And, my sofa has a crush on you.

  • Jumbo Jenga is awesome! I need one now! And… jumbo Connect 4 exists! I have played it! At the children’s museum in Chattanooga, TN. I don’t remember if it was a temporary exhibit or if it’s there all the time….but if it is, you’ll only be 2 hours away when you’re in Atlanta 😉

    • Kenz

      lol, Gretchen you’re so awesome!

    • Kenz

      OH MY GOSH I NEED THAT!!!! I need to find a way to make it for myself… I don’t want to pay $180

    • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

      Uhhh I need this too.

  • LOL, Kenz I love it. How cool is that. Haha, awesome

    • Kenz

      Thanks! It’s fun for sure 🙂

  • I lovelovelove this! It looks so scary and superfun! 😀 I think I need one aswell.

    • Kenz

      Henriette, you’re a doll. I think the ‘scare-factor’ just adds another element to playing the game lol. I think it might cost a zillion dollar to ship this to Norway haha

      • Haha, yes, I would think so! I once paid $75 in shipping for a pair of shoes (which didnt even fit), so a zillion dollars seems legit!

        • Kenz

          lol! I hope you were able to return the shoes!!

  • Tara @ Surburble

    This is great! I’ve been considering making a jumbo Jenga set for our backyard. Granted, three feet is only six inches shy of my kiddo’s forehead, so I may have to tweak the measurements a bit. Still, I’m loving the look of yours. They turned out great!


    • Kenz

      lol, You could definitely make it shorter. Instead of using 4×4’s you could use 2×4’s and that would take some of the height off as well. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love your blog 🙂

      • Tara @ Surburble

        Ahh… thanks! I think your blog is pretty awesome too!

        I see that it was mentioned below that you could sell these. I wholeheartedly agree! Especially if you stained the blocks, or made them multicoloured for the under-5 set. I’d be all over it if I lived in your neck of the woods.

        • Kenz

          Such a great idea!!

          • D

            weve recently made these but when we painted them, they now stick together! any advice on what paint to use so that the blocks don’t stick?

          • CrowderSoup

            If you put a couple coats of glossy Polyurethane ( on those painted blocks that SHOULD make them slick again. Let me know if it works out!

  • the cape on the corner

    first of all, congrats to you on your license, and second, what a fabulous gift!

    • Kenz

      Thank you Mrs Cape!!

  • Christina @

    This looks so fun…and dangerous. Jenga already gets my heart pumping, but this size, it would really be going. I love the idea though! I think something being jumbo (or mini) makes it more fun somehow. I’ve heard of a jumbo chutes and ladders but it wasn’t for adults, but a big one would be fun I think!

    • Kenz

      Hi Christina! Thanks for stopping by. I was worried it would be dangerous, but it is actually MORE sturdy than the regular table set. Go figure. But still a lot of fun! Chutes and ladders would be amaze-sauce!

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  • Lora @ Craftivity Designs

    So very cool! What a great summer barbeque/picnic activity!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Lora! I can’t wait to play it in the backyard!

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  • kristi

    i’m so going to make this! but how easy do they slide? if I don’ t use cedar are there other woods I could use?

    • Kenz

      They were pretty easy for us to slide! You could use whatever kind of wood you wanted that they have at the lumber store. It’s all up to you 🙂

  • Did you have to sand it at all? I’m worried about the splinters you could get :/

    • Kenz

      Hi Crystal! I didn’t sand it, and we didn’t get any splinters. But if that was something you were concerned about, you could definitely sand the edges, and even go a step further and seal it with some poly.

  • Katie Blue Bradshaw

    Haha I’m the cousin! (: Thanks Kenz!!

    i would supersize chess & battleship. (:

  • Jim

    NICE thats so amazing 🙂 we also were gonna make it, but instead ordered it w/ free shipping from a site called Tumbling Towers. We just didn’t have the tools and it was like 86 bucks… We’re so happy our party was a success!

    • Kenz

      That’s so awesome!!!

  • Maggie Rust

    Life-size Kerplunk, like woah,,20397395,00.html

    • Kenz

      Ohhhh eff yeah! this is awesome!

  • Jesus Verastegui

    How much does it weigh?

  • Jesse James Torres

    Hi kenz, I just completed this project today! I was wondering if you’ve ever heard of anyone painting the blocks and if so do you know if will cause the blocks to stick to each-other? I want to write some Ice-breaker questions on each block and use it as a fun way for small groups to get to know each other and I think the writing would look better on a solid color. However, it’s not going to be worth it if it makes the game un-playable. Thanks for any advice that you may have!

    • Kenz

      Oh that would be fun! I say go for it!

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  • Amy C.

    My 11 year old son has gone to stay with grandparents. There’s typically a scout project they work on but this year there is not. Saw the game on Cousins Undercover and we thought it was really cool. Something they could work on during his visit. Unfortunately, Home Depot doesn’t care the 4×4 cedar and Lowe’s only has it in rough cut. Yours looks smoother than that. Too much sanding project for the time he is there plus you didn’t mention sanding. Where did you get the wood (we are in Houston) and exactly what wood was it? Thanks.

    • kenz

      Hi Amy! We bought our lumber at Lowe’s, and it is Cedar. I believe it was where the fence supplies are. Good luck!

    • CrowderSoup

      Amy, we definitely used cedar 4x4s. Typically those are used as fence posts, so maybe they’ll be in that section of the store? My only other advice on finding them in Houston would be to go to a lumber yard. A simple google search should give a good list of places to call.

      Hopefully it works out for you!

      • Amy C.

        Was it “rough cut”? And if so, did you sand? Thanks.

        • CrowderSoup

          They were not “rough cut”. They were smooth and we did not have to sand them.

  • Kelsey

    Question: If the blocks are 4″x4″ why are the cuts 10.5″. Shouldn’t they be 12″ (4″x3blocks)? Am I missing something?

    • Boo Boo

      4×4’s are actually 3.5″

  • Brian Stacy

    We actually make these at The trick is to sand, sand, and sand. Start with 60 grit, then 80, and finish with 120. Also take the time to pick good 2×4 at the store. Sometimes we will spend 30 minutes looking for good wood.

    • kenz

      Great tip!

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  • waterdamage restoration

    I have to say that this was just an awesome idea of Jumbo djenga. Awesome toys for grown ups. And you can have it stand in your living room if you want, and it can be a part of your design of your appartment.

  • Vladimir Veselovskiy

    This is awesome!! I’ve been wanting to do life size jenga for a while now and this is definitely giving me some motivation…I even have some glow in the dark paints and never would of thought of those for it! Thanks , hope your baby girl and everyone else is well! recommend this review