We spent last weekend in Pennsylvania enjoying family, friends, food and fun. My sister’s in-laws hosted the event and did a great job arranging activities for over 30 people.
They are the ones responsible for the dunk bucket, as well as putting together several other yard games.
Many people have asked for the dunk bucket instructions. My brother-in-law just kind of made it without writing down instructions.
Here is a very basic version of how to build a DIY Dunk Bucket:
Also, a reader sent the following instructions:
- Take some wood and cut out a target
- Take wood and cut out base for 5 gallon bucket. Make sure the bucket is well attached to the bucket platform or base.
- Use hinges to make bucket and target move sideways and attach bucket and target to tree or fence.
- Use washers, doorknob or some other mechanism to hold bucket up. The knob will be pushed behind rim of the bucket closest to the tree/fence.
- Use piping as a delivery method to fill the bucket. Attach to tree/fence.
- Sit person in front of bucket and throw tennis ball at target (repeat if necessary).
The homemade corn hole game.
The cornhole game was pretty easy to make with some wood, paint, and a sewing machine. This game was a huge hit with everyone at the event. My arm was sore from playing too many times one afternoon.
This game is really fun for little kids. This was a wooden box with a coffee can screwed to the bottom of box. We used washers for the rings. I almost beat my brother in this one, but not quite.
We also played Hillbilly Golf.
This was the one game they didn’t make themselves because it was cheaper to buy the kit. I have included a link for those DIY people out there if you are interested. It looks like it would be easy to make if you were so inclined.
My sister’s in-laws did a great job with these activities. The dunk tank was made the biggest splash with the kids last weekend! If you look close at the next two pictures you can see the tennis balls that were thrown at the target.
Hosting a great party doesn’t have to be expensive! Try a few of these homemade games to stay under budget and have a great time!
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