Spend more time outside with giant lawn games, like Beer Pong aka Yard Pong. Find out how to make a DIY Giant Beer Pong Game in this tutorial.
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We love spending time outside. If I could just live in the backyard during the nice weather, I probably would try. Just give me a warm breeze and lightning bugs, please.
Well, that’s more of my childhood in New York because in North Carolina, we don’t very often see lightning bugs. We do, however, have giant beer pong (aka Bucket Pong, depending on where you live). Not us. People we know do. But we do have this DIY Giant Beer Pong Game tutorial.
And maybe you too can have a Giant DIY Beer Pong Game if you follow this tutorial.
This yard pong game is just one of the fun outdoor games you can play when the weather is nice. For more ideas, check out our list of 10+ Fun Outdoor Games For Families.
DIY Giant Beer Pong Game Tutorial
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If you’re looking for a fun party game, giant beer pong is it. You can play with beer, obviously, but kids can have a lot of fun playing too — even without drinking. So you could definitely put this together for some wholesome family fun.
But, of course, if you want to turn it into a drinking game at an adult keg party and relive your college years, go right ahead. What else are backyards for?
DIY Giant Beer Pong Game Supplies:
How To Make A DIY Giant Beer Pong Game:
Pour about six inches of water in each bucket.
Set up the buckets in three rows. The back row will have three buckets, the middle will have two, and the front will have one, forming a triangle.
Fifteen feet away, set up an identical triangle.
That’s it. You’re ready to go.
What is Yard Pong?
This is yard pong.
But, yard pong is basically the G-rated version of saying beer pong. It is the same game, though.
Giant Beer Pong: Frequently Asked Questions
The rules are pretty simple, but in case you’ve never played before, I figured I would spell them out for you.
There are two teams of two members each: Team A (with Players 1 and 2) and Team B (with Players 3 and 4). Team A stands near the same six buckets. Team B is across from them, near the other set of buckets.
Player 1 is up first and throws a ball towards the buckets near Team B. If the ball lands in a bucket, that bucket is removed from play. The other buckets are left as is and are not rearranged.
Player 2 is up next and, just like Player 2, throws a ball towards the buckets near Team B.
After Team A throws a ball each, Team B throws them back at their buckets. First Player 3, then Player 4. The game continues in that order until one team gets rid of all their buckets. That team wins.
If you’re playing giant beer pong as a drinking game, when Team A gets a ball in a bucket, Team B takes a sip of their drinks and vice versa. (More about giant beer pong as a drinking game below.)
The distance between the two “points” of the bucket triangles is 15 feet.
Rock Paper Scissor or a coin flip can be used to determine who goes first.
You can swat a ball after it has hit a bucket but hasn’t gone into a bucket yet. You cannot swat a ball in the air. You cannot swat a ball that has already gone into a bucket.
There are some obvious differences between giant beer pong and traditional/tabletop beer pong.
The five main differences:
1. Giant beer pong is played the ground while traditional beer pong is played on a table, usually a folding table but you can actually purchase a beer pong table.
2. Giant beer pong uses Wiffle balls (or similarly sized balls) while traditional beer pong uses ping pong balls — giving the game its name.
3. Giant beer pong uses six buckets on each side. Traditional beer pong has 10 cups on each side.
4. When you’re playing traditional beer pong, you can ask for the cups to be re-racked when you have 6, 4, 3, or 2 cups. Re-racking is a real pain in the neck when you’re using buckets, so re-racking isn’t allowed in giant beer pong.
5. In giant beer pong, there’s no bouncing, mostly because the ball won’t bounce very well on grass and concrete. In traditional beer bong, you can bounce the ball on the table. As a bonus, if you bounce the ball and it goes in a cup, that cup is removed and so is an additional cup (unless there are only two cups left).
Is beer pong a drinking game?
The messaging in this section is specifically for people who are 21 or older. So reading this section is verifying that you are of legal drinking age in the United States.
With that being said, beer pong is traditionally a drinking game. Two 12 oz. beers are used to fill up the cups on each side. So each cup has about 2.5 oz. of beer in it. When a ball lands in a cup, the team nearest the cup must drink it.
When you’re playing giant beer pong, you can’t fill the buckets with beer. That’s way too much beer. So, when a ball lands in a cup, the team nearest usually takes a sip of a nearby beer.
Obviously, you don’t have to play this way. You can just play it as a non-drinking game, even though traditionally beer pong is a drinking game.
Are there other versions of beer pong?
Yes! There’s actually a beach version of beer pong called Bucket Ball. It’s a cross between traditional beer pong and giant beer pong. The size of the cups are in between the two and Bucket Ball is played with six buckets, like giant beer pong, instead of ten, like traditional beer pong.
There are also a few versions of a tabletop mini beer pong game played with shot glasses and a built in catapult.
And then there’s a mini golf beer pong where you use a mini golf club to putt. Get the golf ball into a hole instead of ball into a cup.
Where can you purchase a Giant Beer Pong Game?
I don’t know why you would want to buy a Giant Beer Pong Game when you can just make this outdoor beer pong game with buckets. But, if you would rather buy one, you can at:
Consider instore or curbside pickup to avoid shipping costs.
Want more DIY Backyard Games?
If you’re looking for spend more time outside, you’ll love these other DIY Backyard Games tutorials we have on Drugstore Divas.
- 12 5-gallon buckets
- 2 plastic Wiffle balls
- Pour about six inches of water in each bucket.
- Set up the buckets in three rows. The back row will have three buckets, the middle will have two, and the front will have one, forming a triangle.
- Fifteen feet away, set up an identical triangle.
Have you played giant beer pong before? Do you have any information about it that we left out?