Nick and I love to entertain, especially in the summer. We’re pretty casual about it though… no twinkle lights and fancy mixed drinks with beautiful tablescapes. Just us and some wide open space and good conversation.
Playing corn hole, ladder golf, or throwing a frisbee are always good outdoor entertainment when we’re barbequing with friends. And we’re always on the lookout for fun ideas that fall into the outdoor yard game realm. So when we were invited to take part in the Home Depot Virtual Workshop, we were super excited to take their idea and run with it!
They gave us this pic of an A-frame Football Toss yard game as inspiration, and we get to pretty much dive in and make this our own!
We kept with the same concept of the ‘A-frame bean bag toss’ idea. But decided to go in a different direction from the whole football theme. We aren’t huge football fans around here (unless it’s Super Bowl Sunday and there’s a lot of greasy food available). But first let’s start with how we built the frame for this bad boy.
See that camera hanging down above the table saw? We decided to make a time-lapse video of this project for fun! There’s just something exciting about seeing a project come together before your eyes… in a matter of minutes! You can watch the video if you just want to see how it turned out, or keep scrolling for specific dimensions and step-by-step instructions!
A-Frame Yard Game ‘Monster Toss’ Supply List
- (4) 1x4x6’ pine boards (some stores call them white wood)
- 4’x4’ sheet of 1/2” plywood
- (2) 2.5” hinges
- assortment of paint colors
We started out by cutting our 1×4’s as follows.
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Keep in mind that the frame above is for one side of the A-frame, so you’ll be building two of them. This means you’ll need (4) 17” strips, and (4) 40 strips in total. We used our Kreg Foreman to bang out some pocket holes on both ends of the 17” pieces.
Time for assembly! Be sure to have an inexplicably tall person photograph you in an awkward position while wielding your impact driver.
Cut the sheet of plywood to 24” x 36”… you’ll need two of those two. Then slap the plywood on and drill it into place! I primed one side…
Ready to change gears now? Here’s where the no-longer-football-theme comes into play. I don’t know how I got my mind on monsters. But they’re cute yeah?
I sketched these out, but I know that part might intimidate a lot of people, so I conveniently made a free PDF for you to download! Click HERE for that.
Next, I put a transparency over it and used a fine-point sharpie to trace the monsters. Then I used my old school overhead projector to project the image onto my newly build wooden ‘canvas’.
I drilled a hole in each monsters mouth (big enough for a jigsaw blade to fit in), then cut out each of their mouths!
Finally, I painted each monster a different color using basic 1” craft paint brushes and some sample tubs of latex paint. It took a couple coats… and the fuzzy blue guy could have used another coat, but I was tired of painting, and his blotchiness sort of contributed to his fluffy look… right? RIGHT? And after it was dry, I traced them all with a sharpie to make them more crisp!
We put on the identical back side of the A-frame with hinges, and added a little chain on the sides to keep it from opening too wide.
We’ve just been using little beanbags from our cornhole game. But I found a really simple tutorial for making your own beanbags here if you’re interested! Or just buy some here.
We have plans to do another game on the opposite side of the A-frame, so you can look forward to that sometime soon!
This was a simple build and a super fun concept that even a beginner woodworker could confidently tackle. And if you aren’t quite confident enough, The Home Depot is offering a free workshop this month to show you how to build the Father’s Day Football Toss!
The Home Depot has such fun workshops. They’re always full of simple builds for kids and fun how-to’s for adults. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out what’s going on at your local Home Depot and sign up for some fun workshops!
And you should absolutely mosey on over to see how my friends put their own spin on this project. There’s so much creativity and inspiration to be had!
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dana dashoop says
super cute & fun!!!!! Awesome job!
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Elisha PneumaticAddict says
This is adorable! Such a clever idea
So so so cute (or scary) 🙂