Discover: 90s Inspired DIY Games

As part of our ’90s 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 the ’90s in all their colorful and kooky splendor! So grab a seat at our game table (and maybe a glue gun) and enjoy this list of DIY ’90s games!

10 Ideas for DIY 90s Games

Two DIY 90s-inspired games - DIY Scattergories and a DIY Magic Eight Ball

DIY Scattergories

First on our list is this free DIY Printable Scattergories Game from Sugar & Cloth, because for whatever reason, I was a certifiable Scattergories ADDICT throughout my entire youth. From family game nights to secret basement hangouts with high school friends, I could always count on the familiar column of letters for unexpected entertainment. This version takes a seasonal approach, so you too can play all year round, at any age!

DIY Magic 8 Ball

What are YOU going to ask your DIY Magic 8 Ball from HelloMaphie? The best part of making your very own shakeable crystal ball is that you can come up with all of the answers! And just as perfect for pajama parties now as they were back then.

Two DIY 90s-inspired games - DIY M.A.S.H. and a DIY Catch and Toss


Has the Magic 8 ball left you with some questions? Dig into your future with the free DIY MASH Printable from Studio DIY – the classic fortune-telling contest between friends! The notebooks of pink and purple Lisa Frank paper I used to burn through playing this…

DIY Catch and Toss

The ’90s aesthetic is strong with this DIY Catch and Toss Game from Babble. One of the best beach games I remember playing! The velcro-covered balls always got a little shaggy after a few rolls across our sandy-covered beach towels, but when the sun was out and the boombox was on, it didn’t even matter – we were living our best Baywatch lives.

Two DIY 90s-inspired games - DIY KerPlunk and a DIY Thin Ice game

DIY KerPlunk

This classic game of marbles and sticks has been cleverly re-envisioned with a cardboard tube and straws – it’s DIY KerPlunk from Babble Dabble Do! This is such a smart recycle for kids who can craft the game themselves and enjoy some STEAM-learning, and problem-solving fun.

DIY Thin Ice

What do you get when you combine water beads, an embroidery hoop, some spare parts, and a few paper towels? A sensory-packed, fine motor skill-building game of DIY Thin Ice! All the fun of the original without the need to store those awkward plastic pieces – just break it back down when you’re done playing.

Two DIY 90s-inspired games - DIY POGS and a DIY magnetic Tetris game

DIY Pogs

World Pog Federation Members unite! These Free Printable ’90s Pogs from Creating Creatives are going to bring the memories of slammers and bottle caps come flooding back. If your school didn’t ban these back in the day, then you probably never knew the true joy of gambling away your snacks on them during recess.

DIY Tetris

Tetris was the first game I was gifted for my Gameboy in 1990, and as soon as I saw this Magnetic DIY Tetrific Game from Babble Dabble Do the song started playing in my head. Ana’s magnetic version can be popped on the fridge for some ongoing collaborative puzzling action (and is a free printable!)

Two DIY 90s-inspired games - DIY GUTS obstacle course and a DIY skip-it

DIY GUTS Obstacle Course

D-D-D-Do you have it? GUTS! If you recognize that theme song, you’ll dig this GUTS Style Outdoor Obstacle Course from Martha Stewart. GUTS premiered on Nickelodeon when I was 12 and it was THE ultimate after-school must-watch show. Bonus points if you try to set up your own Aggro Crag!

DIY Skip-It

How resourceful is this DIY Skip-It from Babble Dabble Do?! I remember so many afternoons spent in the driveway trying to out-skip my neighbor. This up-cycled DIY version honestly would have worked out much better for me, as this one forgoes the BIG chunky ball that was always banging into my ankle for this smaller whiffle version.

Classic ’90s Games You Can Still Find

There are times when a homemade version just *can’t* replace the real thing. If our trip down ’90s game lane has given you a serious case of nostalgia, we found there are a few classics that are still being made for new generations! Dentists, dominos, dead ends, pig dice…here are the updated throwbacks (from the seriously fun to the absurdly silly) to help you stock your nineties game shelf…

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains Woodpeckers Crafts, Etsy, Blick Art Materials, and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*

You serious game-lovers will definitely want to check out our list of 50+ ideas for a ’90s family movie & craft night next! And for the time-hopper extraordinaire, venture back yet another decade for eight DIY ’80s games.

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Blick Art Materials, Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

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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