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MÖLKKY (Finnish Lawn Game)

Today we are posting about the game Mölkky (a Finnish Lawn Game) that we made out of an old tree.

If you follow our posts, you may have seen the amazing corn hole game my son’s father-in-law so thoughtfully made for us.

We are so grateful, and knowing that he really enjoys corn hole, we wanted to create an outdoor game for him in return.

At first, we were going to make a set of “Giant Jenga Blocks” but Sarah (his daughter) said they already have a Jenga game.

While searching for a game we could make, I ran across Mölkky and thought it sounded perfect!

Mölkky is a Finnish throwing game that was invented in 1996.

The following are the rules of the game:

The players use a wooden pin (also called “mölkky”) to try to knock over wooden pins (also called “skittles”) of almost similar dimensions with the throwing pin, the pins are marked with numbers from 1 to 12. The pins are initially placed in a tight group in an upright position 10 -12 feet away from the throwing spot, with the pins organized as follows:

1st row, 1/2; 2nd row, 3/10/4; 3rd row, 5/11/12/6; 4th row, 7/9/8.

Knocking over one pin scores the number of points marked on the pin. Knocking 2 or more pins scores the number of pins knocked over (ex., knocking over 3 pins scores 3 points). A pin does not count if it is leaning on the mölkky or one of the numbered pins (it must be parallel to the ground to count). After each throw, the pins are stood up again in the exact location where they landed. The first player to reach exactly 50 points wins the game. Scoring more than 50 will be penalised by setting the player’s score back to 25 points. A player will be eliminated from the game if they miss all of the target pins three times in a row.

We decided to first make a set and try the game out to be sure it is an enjoyable game. We immediately fell in love with the game and decided it is the perfect set to make as a thank you gift.

The purchased version of the game is made out of 2” wood dowels. I looked and looked for 2’ dowels and couldn’t easily find any. Then, I remembered a small tree branch I had saved from a tree we cut down. It was perfect!!

Small tree trunk

So starts another stunning misadventure to see if we could create this game.

How we made the game:

We cut the branch into (12) 6” lengths and one 12” length.

Cut logs

Next, we cut the tops of all (12) pins at a 45 degree angle.

Logs with 45 degree angle cut

We used a oscillating multi-tool to cut off any protruding branched or large knots then sanded the logs.

Sanded logs

Last, we stenciled the numbers 1-12 on the (12) pins.

If you would like to see us create and play the game, click the link below to our Mölkky video.

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You can also purchase the game on Amazon.

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