DIY Ball Toss

This homemade ball toss can be built for a mere $20. Keep it around long after the party for more backyard fun!


  • 4’x4′ sheet of pre-sanded plywood (approximately $20)
  • ruler or framing square
  • tape measure
  • sandpaper (medium grit)
  • hand saw and/or circular saw
  • paint


  1. Place your wood board on a flat surface (we put ours on two construction horses) and lightly sand the top.
  2. Mark and draw the shape you would like your hole to be and where you would like it placed. We decided on a “home plate” style hole, and placed it about 2/3 of the way down from the top of the board.
  3. Using a circular saw, cut each section out to make the hole for the board. Alternatively, a hand saw can be used, just make sure to drill pillow holes so that your hand saw has an easier start. Building tip: instead of pushing the cut “home plate” through the board to remove it, use the hand saw to make sure the cuts are clean and no tears happen to the wood.
  4. Sand the edges of the hole well so that little hands don’t get any splinters, then paint!

Photography by Heather Kinkel

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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