How to Set Up a Ring Toss on the Porch

by Iam Jaebi
A set of empty bottles is all you need for a ring toss game.

A set of empty bottles is all you need for a ring toss game.

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Ring toss is a simple game both in setup and materials. The game is played with a set of rings and several vertical posts stemming from the ground. The posts are organized in rows, and players stand at a set distance to toss the rings onto the posts. The more rings that land around the posts, the higher your score. The carnival-style game is ideal to set up at home on the porch using bottles in place of posts.

Items you will need

  • 24 bottles longneck bottles
  • 10 plastic hoops
  • Packing tape
  • Tape measure
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
Step 1

Stage the area on your porch where the game will be played. Mark the area where the ring is tossed from with a line of tape. This is the throwing line. Players must stand behind this line to toss rings. Bottles must be aligned directly ahead of this line so there must be adequate space in front of the line.

Step 2

Measure a distance -- 10 inches, 20 inches or 40 inches, for example -- in front of the tape to set the rows of bottles. Consider your players when setting the distance. If the game is played by 5-year-olds, bottles can be closer. If it is being played by 10-year-olds, bottles can be further.

Step 3

Cut the cardboard into 3-inch-by-5-inch strips. You need 30 strips in total.

Step 4

Place a long strip of packing tape on the floor, sticky side up. Measure at least 30 inches.

Step 5

Arrange the first row of bottles on the tape. Lay one edge of the bottle against the sticky side of the tape, then place the cardboard strip against the bottle so that it touches the tape on the long edge and then finally place another bottle against the other edge of the cardboard. Repeat this process until you have a row of four bottles with three cardboard strips separating them.

Step 6

Place packing tape on the other side of the bottles so the row is secure. Stand the bottles up and wrap another piece of tape around the arrangement if necessary.

Step 7

Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have six rows of bottles. Arrange the bottles in one column that stretches away from the throw line.

Step 8

Test the game by throwing a ring toward the bottles. Adjust the positioning of the rows to make getting a ring on a bottle not too difficult and not too easy for those who will play.

Tips & Warnings

  • Different-sized bottles can be used and assigned different points.

About the Author

Iam Jaebi has been writing since 2000. His short story, "The Alchemist," reached over 250,000 readers and his work has appeared online in Thaumotrope and Nanoism. His novel, "The Guardians," was released in 2010 by Imagenat Entertainment. Jaebi is also a business writer specializing in company naming, concept designs and technical writing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.

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