Jenga blocks are a wonderful toy that can be used for many different purposes. They have been around for more than 40 years, and you may not know all of the cool things that they can help with. Whether you want to decorate your office or just need some inspiration on what to do next weekend, Jenga blocks will be there to support you!
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What to build with Jenga blocks?
There are many possibilities of what you can build with Jenga blocks. Here are some ideas to get you started:
This is the most obvious thing to build with Jenga blocks and also the most classic. Towering your Jenga blocks into a magnificent structure is always a fun challenge. Just be careful not to topple it over!
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try building a bridge out of Jenga blocks. This is definitely a challenging project, but it’s also a lot of fun. Just make sure the bridge is sturdy enough to support the weight of whatever traffic it may end up carrying!
A ferris wheel
Why not go all out and build a ferris wheel? This is definitely a challenging project, but it’s also a lot of fun. Just make sure the bridge is sturdy enough to support the weight of whatever traffic it may end up carrying!
If you’re feeling really creative, why not try building a castle out of Jenga blocks? With a little bit of imagination, you can create an entire kingdom out of these little blocks. Just be careful not to knock it down!
1. Jenga Aztec Mayan Pyramid
This is a really cool looking pyramid that you can build with Jenga blocks. It’s not too difficult to make, but it does take a little bit of time and effort. You will need:
- 54 Jenga blocks
- Tape measure or ruler
- Construction paper in different colors (optional)
To make the pyramid, you will first need to build a square base out of 18 Jenga blocks. Make sure that the squares are all exactly the same size. Once the base is complete, it’s time to start building the sides of the pyramid. The sides are made up of six triangular shaped pieces. Each piece is made up of three Jenga blocks stacked on top of each other.
To build the pyramid, you will need to attach one triangle at a time onto an existing side piece. Use tape if necessary and your construction paper squares as guides for where to place the triangles so that they form perfect equilateral triangles. You can always use a ruler or a measuring tape to make sure that the triangles are placed at a perfect 60-degree angle.
Once you have one triangle attached, it’s time to build another side piece on top of it and attach it as well with some tape or glue if necessary. Continue building up each new layer by stacking three Jenga blocks into triangles until you have reached the top of your pyramid.
2. Jenga Stairway To Heaven
Building a stairway is not too difficult. All you need to do is stack the blocks so that each block rests on at least two other blocks, and then continue building up until you have reached your desired height.
3. Jenga Leaning Tower of Lire
This is a really cool Jenga tower that you can build. It takes some time to set up, but it is definitely worth it in the end. Here are the steps:
- Set up your Jenga tower as normal.
- Find a large book or box that is slightly taller than your tower.
- Lay the book or box on its side next to the tower.
- Carefully lean the tower against the book or box, making sure that it is straight.
- If you are using a box, make sure that the top of the Jenga tower is slightly higher than the bottom of the box.
- Now comes the tricky part – you need to keep the tower in place while you add more blocks.
- Place one hand on top of the tower and one hand on bottom.
- Slowly add more blocks, making sure that the tower stays in place.
- When you are finished, remove the book or box and enjoy your beautiful Jenga Leaning Tower of Lire!
4. Functional Jenga Necklace Rack
A functional Jenga necklace rack is a great and creative way to display your collection. You can either create it as a whole or build the base first and then stack it up with wooden blocks. Use screws instead of glue so you can disassemble it for easy storage when not in use. If you want, you can also paint it to give it a more professional look.
5. Jenga White House
Who would have thought that Jenga blocks could be used to build a replica of the White House? This is definitely a cool project for anyone who loves architecture or history. The best part is that it’s not as difficult as it may seem – all you need are some white Jenga blocks, a ruler, and some patience.
6. Jenga Chimpanzee
The Jenga Chimpanzee is a tower that stands over six feet tall and takes more than two hours to build. But it’s well worth the effort, as this incredible Jenga creation will surely be the talk of any party.
The chimps were created by stacking and gluing together 54 Jenga blocks, which is a lot easier than it sounds when you consider how precise each layer needs to fit together in order for this build to work properly. And once they’ve been glued, cut and painted, the chimps are given a coat of sealant to protect them from the elements.
7. Funky Food Jenga
I love cooking and I always try to make my food as cool looking as possible. When I saw Jenga blocks, it was a no-brainer that this would be the perfect thing for me to use in making funky looking meals out of what used to be a classic game! For example, if you want to go with a mac and cheese theme, you could stack up the Jenga blocks to look like a giant mac and cheese. If you don’t have any other ideas for food yet, this is a great place to start!
8. Contemporary Jenga Statues
For this project, we’ll need to take an entire Jenga tower and turn it into a beautiful sculpture. The first step is using the saw to cut off one level of blocks at about the halfway point. For added stability, you can fill in with additional wooden or plastic pieces if needed—this will require some glue later. Next, cut the blocks in half down to form a rough square. Sand each side smooth using an orbital sander and sandpaper. Now it’s time for some paint! To get started, you can simply use spray paint or even acrylic paints that are found at any craft store—just make sure they dry well on wood. The trick is to lay out the blocks first and use painters tape to mark off your desired pattern. This will make it easier for you to paint each side of every block before assembling them together again.
Once they’re dry, glue each piece back into place making sure that all seams are even with one another (you can always sand some of the edges to make them flush). That’s it! You can now display this amazing sculpture in your home or office.
9. Round Jenga Castle Tower
This isn’t an original idea, but it is definitely cool and deserves a spot on this list. A round tower in the middle of your yard would make for a great centerpiece to any backyard party or get-together! You can create something like this using pretty much anything (even bricks), but Jenga blocks are perfect because they are already round.
To make this tower, you’ll need 54 Jenga blocks. Arrange them in a circle so that the first block is on the bottom and the last block is on top. Then, use something like hot glue or epoxy to secure them together. Let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step.
After your glue is dry, you’ll need some redwood lumber or another type of wood that can support a lot of weight without breaking easily. Cut three pieces of these boards so they are long and drill holes in them where you will place Jenga blocks for stability. You should drill holes that are as deep as the blocks you used for your tower.
Finally, cut three more pieces of wood and drill some shallow holes in those ones (just enough to hold your Jenga blocks). Then place these boards on top of the redwood support beams using epoxy or another strong adhesive. You can also use screws if you want extra security. Let everything dry for a few hours before playing with your new Jenga tower!
10. Jenga Flower Vase
Take a few blocks from your tower and stack them in a circular pattern. Make sure the bottom of the block is even so that it will stand on its own. Once you have your circle, start stacking blocks on top of each other to create a vase shape. The more blocks you use, the taller your vase will be.
11. Jenga Box Jenga Tower
This is a great way to use up all of those extra blocks that you have lying around. Simply create a square or rectangular box out of them, and then stack the towers on top. You can make the sides as even or uneven as you want, for a more unique look.
12. Jenga Japanese Torii Gate
A Japanese Torii Gate is a beautiful addition to any garden. It can be made with either Jenga or Lincoln Logs and only takes a few minutes to make.
To make a Japanese Torii Gate:
Start by building a basic frame out of Jenga or Lincoln Logs. The frame should be large enough to fit the desired gate size.
Add two posts in the front and two posts in the back of the frame. Connect the posts with horizontal beams. Create the top and bottom crosspieces. Finish by adding a roof and door to the gate.
13. Spell Words With Jenga Blocks
Spell words with jenga blocks to create a fun and engaging game of spelling! Just stack the letters on top of each other. If you’re able to spell out a word without making it fall over, then that’s your turn!
14. Real-Life Jenga Skyscraper
This is a unique Jenga project! Make your own real-life version of the game by building towers. Yes, you read that right – build with jenga blocks instead of taking them down. You can make it as tall or short as you want but this will be an awesome decoration for any room in your house. This is a perfect project for kids and adults alike.
What can you do with old Jenga?
There are many things you can do with an old Jenga set. Here are some ideas:
- Use them as building blocks to create a tower or other structure.
- Play the classic game of Jenga.
- Turn them into pieces for a game of chess or checkers.
- Create a new game with your own rules.
- Make a sculpture or art project.
- Use them as doorstops.
- Donate them to a children’s charity or daycare center.
- There are many possibilities for what you can do with Jenga blocks, so get creative!
How do you decorate Jenga blocks?
Polish them up with some olive oil to give them a nice shine.
Toss on your favorite paint color and let dry for at least 24 hours. Paint the sides or just go around the edges of each block using acrylic paint in different colors.
You can also use a permanent marker to color in blocks.
You can spray paint them for a completely different look, but this is best done outdoors or in an area where there’s ventilation. Spray away and let dry before using the blocks again so they don’t stick together. If you have enough of them, you can paint them all one color before assembling the tower.
Jenga blocks can also be decorated with markers or stickers placed on top of each block, but again it needs to dry for 24 hours and you should place a protective sealant over it if you want to use them as an actual Jenga game afterward. If your kids are learning their ABCs, use an alphabet sticker set to label each block.
If you want the blocks for a decorative piece that doubles as storage, take some time to measure and drill holes in them before gluing or nailing them together. If they’re going on your wall, attach picture wire through the pre-drilled hole so it’s ready when you are.
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In conclusion, there are many things you can do with Jenga blocks. They’re a great toy to have around the house and they’ll provide hours of entertainment for your children. Because each block is unique in its own way, it’s hard not to see them as works of art that should be admired whenever possible. If you want to build some fun structures, you can check out this guide for inspiration.