Barefoot by the Sea: Make Your Own Ice Rink Tutorial

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Make Your Own Ice Rink Tutorial

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Last week, I talked about the backyard ice rink that we built and all the fun it has been.  Several people have emailed and asked how he did it so I thought I'd go straight to the "master carpenter" for the information.  Here's what he did -You'll need
· 2X4’s (2 – 10 Foot and 4 – 8 foot)
· Joining plates (to join 8 foot 2x4’s into 16 foot lengths of the long sides)
· Right angle joining brackets (for the insides of the corners)
· Galvanized roofing nails (big heads but not so long that they poke out through the 2x4’s)
· 1 Sheet of 3 Mill painters plastic (10 foot width, and I think 25 foot length – something like that)
He created the frame by making the long sides – joining them with the plates and putting the right angle brackets on each end.  Then, he laid out the sheet of plastic where the rink was going to be and put the long sides under it, leaving enough slack so he could nail the edge of the sheet to the top of the 2x4 and hang down to the ground .  FYI - Try to leave additional slack for ay corner or side that needed to be propped up to level the rink – this way the plastic won’t pull so hard if it is suspended from the ground with a ton of water in it.)
Next,  he attached the ends.  He had to leave about 4 – 5 inched hanging over the “short” side due to the width of the plastic and the amount of “hang down” it would need – this is why the right angle brackets need to be on the inside of the corners, not the outside (unless you are going to cut off the excess). Then you tack the plastic in place all along the top of the 2X4 “box” you have created with the galvanized nails, about a foot apart, but closer together if water is pooling into one area adding extra weight and stress on the plastic. In some areas on ours, he has the nails spaced only about 4 inches apart.
Then you fill with water. If it is not on absolutely level ground, you may need to prop up a side or corner (he used excess 2x4 scraps) so that water doesn’t fill up one side, while leaving another side “high and dry”.

Then… wait for it to freeze.
Linking up today with Take it From Me!


  1. Love this! Reminds me of when I was younger and would make rinks :) Hope you and your family have had lots of fun skating!


  2. Sounds like your family is adventurous, I love that! Reminds me of the summer our boys were bored and ended up digging a big hole in the back yard. We framed around the hole with some old posts and attached a tarp and filled it with water for an in-ground pool. Fun times!

  3. I love it! Growing up we lived near a creek and our Pastor would build a rink at his farm. We had ample opportunities to skate- great idea. I may have to sweet talk my dear hubby into trying this.... Thanks! Stopping by from Tip Junkie.

  4. Great idea!!! We are totally going to do this. The kids would LOVE it. I am linking over from pintrest.


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