How To Make An Outdoor Skating Rink

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Picture of Young Hockey Player - Tipnut.comToday’s feature tip is a project from My Family Loves It with DIY Backyard Ice Rink. You’ll just need some lumber, liner or tarp and hardware for this project.

Making it level is the trickiest part but with a careful eye and some measuring, you can level it with filler. He suggests using hay, leaves or straw to stuff under the boards if there are any gaps underneath them so the liner won’t push out and tear. Most of the supplies you need can be reused next year.

Lots of fun for the kids and if you have any aspiring figure skaters or hockey players in the family, chances are you won’t have any problem keeping them active out in the fresh air this winter with a backyard rink in place.

Edit: John’s updated the site with more tips, you don’t want to miss them, find the details on this page. I also couldn’t resist adding a picture of a future NHL hockey player ;).

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Published: November 15, 2007

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6 Comments to “How To Make An Outdoor Skating Rink”
  1. John says:

    Glad you like the rink. It is a very easy and relatively cheap project. The kids always help me out and once it freezes its fun for playing pickup games with the kids. This year I’m considering upgrading to taller boards and making the rink a little larger. The hard part is finding a big enough liner at a reasonable price. Someone once recommended trying a boat shop. They use large white plastic sheets to shrink wrap boats for the winter. The color would be perfect since it will reflect the light and won’t warm the water.

  2. TipNut says:

    Your project info was great John, I saw you added more tips so I’ve added a link to that page too. Good stuff!

  3. Kate Conway says:

    I would have loved this when I was a kid and er, well, now actually. I might still consider if I didn’t live in London, England.

  4. erik says:

    wat if there is already a hole filled with ice but not that thick and it cracks when u walk on it ? do u keep puttin water on it ? help plz

  5. John says:

    I posted pictures of this years rink being assembled. Not very big, but neither are my kids :) Planning to upgrade next winter.

    Erik – In Canada people will often wait for the first snow, pack it down, freeze it, and then keep building the ice up with a rink rake. Doesn’t get cold enough where I live for this method, but it might work for you.

  6. TipNut says:

    Great project, thanks for the update John :).


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