I’m not sure if this was a midwest thing, but going to middle school in the early 2000s (back when my life revolved around mix CDs, Harry Potter, and AIM), every kid knew how to play jenga! You know, that party game you’ve seen commercials for where each player tries to stack the little blocks on top of each other, without the whole thing falling over. We played it a recess, there was school jenga club, and if kids could have snap-chatted at that time, my phone would’ve been filled with images of those silly wooden blocks…Well, imagine amplifying those blocks to the size of 2x4s and creating a tower that is half the height of a person!…now that’s a party game, and for under $20 it’s super easy to make too!!
What You Will Need
- 8 (2in.x 4in.x 96in.) pieces of wood
- Miter Saw or Hand Saw
- Sanding Block
Traditional jenga consists of 54 blocks which will create 18 rows and measure 3ft. high.
Cut the Blocks
Use your ruler and pencil to measure 12 inches on your wood and make your first cut with either the miter or hand saw. This will be your guide to measure the rest of the blocks. Since some of the wood will be eaten away with each cut, it is important to only measure and cut one block at at time. If you try to make all the measurements at once, you will end up with uneven pieces. Continue marking and cutting your blocks until you have 54 of them. Don’t worry, you will have extra wood.
Sand the Blocks
Take the sanding block and sand down the sides and any rough spots of each block until they are smooth.
Now stack them up, invite some friends over, and don’t let the tower fall down!! 😉