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How To Make Tailgate Games: DIY Washer Pit

Tailgate games are a crucial part of any tailgate party–especially for Texas Tailgating. Most people have cornhole or ladder golf but for Longhorn Tailgating, we think washer pits are the way to go. We thought we’d share this DIY tailgate game that we build on our own. Materials were about $30 and took about 6 hours to complete.DIY Tailgate Games: Washer Pit

Step 1: Supply List


  • (1) 1/2″, 2’x4′ plywood
  • (2) 2″x2″x 8′ board
  • (2) 1/2″x2″x8′ board


  • (8) 3″ deck screws
  • (8) 1″ screws
  • (20) 1″ finishing nails

Other Stuff:

  • (1) bottle wood glue
  • (1) 2’x2’x1/4″ carpet pad
  • (1) 2’4″x2’4″ outdoor carpet / artificial grass
  • (2) cabinet door handles


  • Box Cutter
  • Hammer
  • Jig Saw
  • Hack Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Power Drill w/Screwdriver Bits
  • Sandpaper Sheet

Step 2: Cut List

2′ x 4′ Plywood:
Cut in half for (2) 2′ x 2′ boards
This will be the main surface

2″ x 2″ x 8′ Board Support Frame:

Cut (2) 21″ long
Cut (2) 24″ long
These will be used to make the support frame under the surface boards

1″ x 2″ x 8′ Trim Board:

2 boards 24′ long
2 boards 25 3/8 long
These will be the finishing trim on the outer edges of the surface

Carpet Pad:

Cut (2) 2′ x 2′ squares
Goes under the carpet to dampen the bounce when you throw the washers

Artificial Grass / Carpet:

Cut (2) 2′ 2″ x 2′ 2″ squares
This is the top surface

Step 3: Surface HolesSurface Holes for Washer Pit

Take one 2’x2′ plywood board and find/mark the center. Use the 3″ PVC pipe to draw a circle around the center mark. Cut or drill the 3″ hole in the middle of the board. Repeat on second board.

Step 4: Build FrameBuilding a frame for the tailgate game.

Line up the frame boards flush with the 2’x2′ surface boards. Screw in a 3″ screw into the ends of the frame boards (one in each corner). This will secure the frame together and it’s ready to be attached to the surface. Repeat for second frame.

Step 5: Attach Frame to SurfaceHammering nails to attach the frame for the tailgate game.

Now it’s time to attach the support frame to the 2′ x 2′ surface/plywood boards. Use wood glue on the bottom edge of the 2′ x 2′ support frame and attach to the surface/plywood. Make sure the frame is flush with the surface board then nail four 1″ finishing nails to secure the plywood to the frame. Repeat for second surface/frame

Step 6: Carpet Pad Prep

Find the center of the carpet pad, mark it, and use the 3″ pipe to draw a circle and cut it out. Use plenty of wood glue to attach the carpet pad to the plywood surface. Add some weight and give it a few minutes to attach. Repeat for second board.

Step 7: Carpet PrepCarpet prep with hole cut out for tailgate game.

Take the artificial grass/carpet, find and mark the center, and with a knife or box cutter. Cut your circle like cutting pizza slices. Do not cut in a circular fashion. Cut 2″x2″ squares out of the corner of the artificial grass/carpet. Apply glue to the bottom of the carpet and attach to the surface. The edges should drape over the plywood surface but go ahead and fold the flaps down to secure to the side of the plywood and support frame. Repeat for second board.

Step 8: Add TrimAdding trim to the tailgate game.

Use glue to attach the trim to the side of the surface boards, then attach with 1″ screws to the frame itself. Make sure it’s flush with the top so that the support frames are the only thing that touch the floor. Repeat for second board.

Step 9: Add CupApp PVC cup to the tailgate game.

Push the 3″ pipe through the hole until it stops on the floor. Mark the pipe just below the carpet line. Now, remove the pipe and cut it (with a hacksaw) at the mark you made. The edges of the pipe may be a little rough so smooth pipe edges with sandpaper as needed. Apply a little glue to the top side of the “pizza slices” and slide the pipe through the hole. Repeat for second board.

Step 10: Attach HandleDIY Tailgate Game complete: washer pit.

Attach your cabinet/door handle to the edge of one side of your board. Repeat on second board. Pat yourself on the back. Repeat.

Don’t forget to buy a washer set for your favorite team (8 washers total, 4 for each side)!

We also posted this tailgate game tutorial on instructables.com and were runner up in the tailgate contest.

Want to rent tailgate games or other equipment for your party? Contact us today.


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