Day or night, this DIY croquet set is simple to set up and start playing. Glow-in-the-dark wickets and kickballs give a backyard classic a clever spin that’s perfect for summer parties.
How To Play:
Follow the same rules as regular croquet, but use your feet as the mallets. Take one kick per turn following the sequence of the tape colors on the end stakes. The goal is to be the first player to get the kickball through each wicket (1 point per wicket) in the right order and direction of play.
What You’ll Need:
- 3 medium-size hula hoops (see Note)
- 3 kickballs of different colors
- 4 rolls duct tape (3 in colors to match balls, 1 white or brightly colored)
- Twelve 22-in. glow sticks
- Two 48-in., ½-in. wood dowels
- One 48-in., 1½-in. wood dowel
1. Use saw to cut hula hoops in half for the croquet wickets.
2. For the wicket stakes, cut six 10-in. lengths from the ½-in. wood dowels, cutting at a sharp angle on one end so they can be pushed easily into the ground. Sand flat edges smooth.
3. For the end stakes, cut the 1½-in. wood dowel in half to make two 24-in. pieces, cutting at a sharp angle. Sand flat edges smooth.
4. Using white or brightly colored tape, wrap a ring around each end stake about 1 in. from the top. Wrap stake with a 2nd color about ¼ in. below the previous one. Repeat with 3rd and 4th tape colors.
5. Tightly wrap each kickball once around the center with the bright tape.
6. Just before setting up play set, bend and shake the glow sticks to activate. Insert 2 glow sticks into each wicket before staking into the ground.
Note: Look for hula hoops that are transparent or have a wrapped-on design you can peel off so the glow sticks shine through.