Discover: 8 Eighties-Themed DIY Games!

As part of our ’80s Week we wanted to take a day to celebrate the games that made childhood so memorable. But instead of just suggesting some to play, we scoured the interwebs to find versions you can make yourselves that perfectly capture 80’s games in all their fun splendor!

So into the ideas of a throwback escape? Be sure to check out our collection of DIY 90’s-inspired games and 50+ ideas for a ’90s themed movie & craft night too!

8 Ideas for DIY 80s Themed Games

Four DIY '80s games

DIY Double Dare

 A DIY Double-Dare CourseThe pictures on this amazing Pinterest board give you all the instruction you need to recreate an awesomely accurate Double-Dare Course with so many of my favorite parts from the classic Nickelodeon game show. Uh, YEAH. I’ll take the physical challenge Mark.

DIY Croquet

DIY Croquet Set – Heathers anyone? Winona Ryder fans and readers of the Preppy Handbook will understand exactly how important and necessary a good game of croquet felt in the eighties. The height of at-home country clubbing really – and the flamingos fit the decade perfectly.

DIY Slip and Slide

The Ultimate DIY Slip & Slide – I don’t care what you say – if your household didn’t have a slip & slide at some point in the ’80s, it was incomplete. This extra-long homemade version makes me want to relive those glorious summer afternoons spent hurling myself toward a thin layer of plastic covered in water all over again!

DIY Life-Sized Hungry, Hungry Hippos

Human Hungry, Hungry Hippos – Holy hippos! Who knew balloons, baskets, bungee cords, and scooter boards could come together in such an authentic life-sized representation of my childhood obsession?!

Four DIY '80s games

DIY Guess Who

DIY Guess Who – One of my favorite board games of the ’80s was Guess Who and this version uses your own family and friends’ faces – no brainer, right?!?

DIY Pin-the-Shades-on-Ferris Game

Pin the Shades on Ferris – We thought we’d take a stab at creating our own throwback game and came up with this! All you need is an 80’s poster and our radical printable for this party game. You can download our Ferris Game shades printable for sunglasses that will fit a 24″ x 36″ or 11″ x 17″ Ferris poster. We used this 24″ x 36″ poster (text trimmed away) but you can pick your own favorite 80’s heartthrob, idol, goth, preppie, headbanger, or punk!

DIY PacMan

Tabletop PacMan Game – this is a super cute way to bring the arcade game to life right on your tabletop!

DIY Operation Game

Life-Sized Operation Game – Okay, admittedly one of the more involved DIYs…but life-sized operation?!? I’m in. I can practically hear the horrendous buzz of the alarm (shiver!)

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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