DIY: How To Make A Backyard Skating Rink

How great would it be to have your very own ice rink right in your own backyard! You and your kids can play hockey, ice stake, or even learn to skate for the first time! And the best part is that you don’t have to leave your yard. You can make it as big or small as you have room for; it’s super easy and inexpensive!

Build You Own Backyard Ice Rink

By: Kathy Woods; find the full blog here on Chicago Parent

staking rink

There’s only a few things you’ll need: wood, plastic, water, and a couple of days (depending on how cold it is)

1 – Decide on how big you want the rink, and pick up some lumber. Should be a couple inches thick and as long as your desired ice rink. Nail or screw the ends together for a sturdy frame.

2 – You’ll need heavy plastic, and it needs to be a little bigger than the rink size itself. Tuck it under the frame. Even staple-gun it to the inside of the frame to secure it.

3 – Now it’s time to freeze some water! It’s imperative that you allow each layer to freeze before adding more water. Fill a couple inches at a time and let it freeze completely before adding another layer. This will ensure it freezes evenly.

4 – Time to stake! Enjoy what you’ve created with friends and family.

Invite the neighbor kids and parents for some neighborhood fun! Check back to our Winter Outdoor Party blog for some entertaining tips to add to the outdoor winter fun!


Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke


  1. It’s good to know that you should use lumber that’s a couple of inches think. My kids really want to be able to go skating in the winter, and I don’t necessarily want to take them to the ice rink in town. Getting a rink for our backyard seems like the perfect solution. The only problem is that I am not handy at all. So I think that since I’m not good with lumber or nails I should probably try to find someone who makes outdoor rinks.


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