Photo Credit: Ashley Largesse Photography

Most projects here at Build Basic are brainstormed on a napkin or the back of a receipt, and then move quickly into the sketch, prep, and building stages. But when The Home Depot invited me to participate in a Lumber DIY Challenge, I found myself with a case of builder block–a close kin to writer’s block, which I experienced waaay too many times throughout my years in the Magazine industry. Somehow I found myself daydreaming of upcoming summer cookouts (i.e. reasons to procrastinate), which led me to thinking about how our barbecues typically turn into a “tournament of backyard games” among friends and family.


So, I thought, I already built a rustic DIY Baggo Game Set (which we LOVE), and just about every place I stop has a plan for Ladder Golf. So what game could we add to our “outdoor offerings” that would feel fresh and different? Enter my childhood love for Connect Four, and a strong urge to build a giant-sized version, complete it with holes, discs, and slots that empty when the game is over.


Which is all to say, my builder’s block was cured, the four-in-a-row game turned out waaay better than I thought it would, and we have a new reigning backyard favorite that’s perfect for all ages.


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Photo Credit: Ashley Largesse Photography





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32 thoughts on “Build a DIY Four-in-a-Row Yard Game

  1. Lee

    First off, thanks for the post. But I have a few issues and asking if you could address.

    1. The magnetic cabinet holders do not hold the weight of dropping the discs. (I attached 5 and still no luck)

    2. All the dimension that are incorrect. True measurements are needed. 2’x4′ panels at Home Depot are actually 23.78″ and 47.78″ respectively. (This is for all pieces)

    3. Using 1/2″ thickness for the discs leave zero room for error. Adding paint, filling in holes with wood filler. I would suggest 1/4″ thickness for discs.

    Just a few thoughts for someone who wants to do this project.


    1. Steve S

      Welcome to the line of people addressing this error in the plans. I had hoped the author would have revised it.

      1. Use a screen door hook instead of magnets

      2. Reduce the diameter of the disks by ¼” or more but you have probably invested a tidy sum in the recommended hole saws that are too large in the first place for a nominal 2′ x 4′ panel.

      3. Also commented on – do not fill the holes – leave them alone. As you point out, go to ¼” sheet and space the distance as 5/16 inch or ⅜”. The plans erred in spacing the same distance as the thickness. More significantly, cutting through ¼” material instead of ½” is far more workable, particularly if trying to use a cordless drill. A corded drill is a far better choice.


    1. Anonymous

      Adam – if I may chime in, I was curiouis and if you Google Four In a Row, you’ get as many as 7. This one came from Depot and at this size it fits on a 2′ x 4′ sheet so it lends itself to what they sell. I cut mine as 3″ and 4″ but it is a matter of convenience to my observations. Just my two cewwnyts worth.



  2. novicebuilder

    Thank you for these instructions. I have been looking for directions like this for a while. I did make some modifications. a real Connect Four game has 42 holes (7across , 6 down) so I just added an extra 4.75 to the height. 4 and 5 inch hole saws are pricey, I guess I will have to make several games. The diagrams were very helpful.
    Thanks again.


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