How to Turn a Tarp Into a Fun Party Game

Kick your tailgate or backyard parties up a notch with this fun-for-all-ages game you can make in less than an hour and that folds flat for easy between-party storage.
Tarp Toss Game

Tarp Toss Game

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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Materials Needed

  • 6x9 canvas dropcloth
  • metal ruler
  • pencil
  • permanent marker
  • sharp scissors
  • 3 rolls duct tape (in team colors)
  • hole punch
  • heavy-duty twine or 1/4" rope
  • football

Cut Out Squares

Draw 5 randomly spaced 18" squares onto the dropcloth (Image 1), then cut out each square with scissors (Image 2).

Tape Edges

To prevent fraying and add team color, place duct tape around each square's edge, leaving a 1/4" overhang (Image 1). Flip dropcloth over and repeat on the other side, taking care to line up excess tape (Image 2). Alternate team colors as you make additional squares.

Assign Points to Each Square

Use a permanent maker to assign points to each square.

Assign Points to Each Square

Assign Points to Each Square

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Add Holes to Top

Add three 2" squares of duct tape about every 5 to 6 inches in the top left corner, middle and top right corner. Alternate the pieces of tape between team colors. Then, punch a hole at the center of each piece of tape.

Add Holes to Top

Add Holes to Top

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Hang Tarp

Weave rope or twine through the holes across the top (Image 1), leaving about 5 feet of excess rope on each end. Knot excess rope around tree trunks, porch columns or any other sturdily anchored vertical object to suspend game (Images 2 and 3). Guests score points by throwing a football through the numbered holes (Image 4).

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