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Plunge Lunge Game

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

This ring-toss game is simple to play. A lightweight, portable alternative to horseshoes, this game is a hit with all ages. Score a point for each ringer. It helps to bend your knees and get down low when you fling the rings and rectangles like a Frisbee.

friends having fun playing ring-toss

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Compass
  • Straightedge
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors


  • 2 plungers with 9" plastic handles (#135359)
  • 1 - 4-piece 2'x2' linking mats (#295100)

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Step 1

Pick two of the colored mats for the game pieces and save the other two for the targets.

Step 2

To make the four square game pieces, use a straightedge and a utility knife to trim off the "teeth" around the border of one mat. Then measure and draw lines to divide the mat into four 1' squares. Cut out the four squares, then cut a smaller square out of each larger piece to create four picture-frame-shape pieces with edges about 1-1/2" wide.

Step 3

To make the four round game pieces, trim the border from a second mat, divide the mat into four 1' squares, and then use a compass to draw 1'-diameter circles within each square. Then shorten the compass by 1-1/2" and draw a second circle centered within the first. Cut out the four circles with a utility knife, then cut the smaller circle out of each to create four ring-shape pieces.

Step 4


Place a plunger in the center of the other two mats, using your foot to squeeze a little air out of the plunger so it sticks to the mat. Don't create too much suction, though -- the handle won't stick up straight. Place the mats 6'-8' apart and begin play. You can adjust the distance to make the game easier or harder.