Make it Monday: DIY block tower game

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Backyard games are always fun when family and friends get together for cookouts and events.

Lowe’s Home Improvement has hundreds of ideas on its Creative Ideas website.

“This is probably one of my favorites. It’s so easy to make,” said Brian Edwards.

He’s the manager of the Lowe’s on 10th Street in Greenville and is talking about the Balancing Block Tower game.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– tape measure

– five 2x4s

– sandpaper

– miter saw or handsaw

– spray paint

First, get your 2x4s together.

You need 45 pieces in total. Use your tape measure to mark the 2x4s into 10.5 inch pieces.

If you don’t have a saw at home, you can ask a store associate to cut the lumber for you.

“After you cut the boards make sure you sand them very well to make sure there aren’t any sharp edges or anything,” said Edwards.

Use a hand sander or just get some 120-grit sandpaper to do that.

If you want to paint the blocks, you can do so with spray paint. Once don’t, seal each block with a lacquer.

“Let it dry very well so the blocks slide in an out easier,” said Edwards. “If it’s still tacky obviously they won’t slide.”

The lacquer only takes a day to dry so if you start the project on a Saturday morning, it will be ready to play by Sunday.

“You can make it as tall as you want, you can put it outside, you can put it inside, it’s just a fun game to play,” said Edwards.

Here are the playing instructions:

To play the game, take turns removing one block from the stack and placing it on the top of the stack and perpendicular to the others to continue the alternating layers. When removing pieces, a player can tap around the structure to discover loose pieces. But once a piece is moved within the stack, it must be removed and restacked — not pushed back in place. The person whose piece makes the structure fall over loses the game.

To view other Lowe’s Creative Ideas, click here.

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