How to Make Kan Jam

Kan Jam is one of the most popular tailgating games around and is gaining in popularity everyday. It’s a relatively simple game that’s fast paced and is perfect for just about any age group. So there’s no wonder that people are looking to make their own Kan Jam game. With only a few supplies you too can make your own Kan Jam; see below.

Before I get into the do it yourself Kan Jam instructions, there is one thing that I feel I should mention. While I understand the desire to save money by making it yourself, the truth is unless you are stealing the equipment you are going to spend more money on the supplies. When you buy the equipment: 2 garbage cans and a Frisbee disc you’ll be spending close to 50 bucks which is more than the cost of the Kan Jam game. So in this case you’re better off if you just buy Kan Jam; it’s cheaper, easier and probably more fun. Maybe not. A secondary reason for buying Kan Jam instead of making it is that you’re supporting a small business that can then reinvest into inventing new games and providing more innovative tailgating games. But not everyone feels that way, so without further delay:

How to Make Kan Jam

The Kan Jam game was originally invented in Western New York as an outdoor/tailgating game. Two dudes had the idea of throwing a Frisbee towards a goal, in this case two garbage cans. From there it was modified into what we know and love today. Now the Kan Jam game comes with two collapsible goals. When put together the goals dimensions are 20″ tall with about a 16″ diameter. The “instant win” goal in the front measures 12″ by 3″ and the top of edge of the hole is about 5″ down from the top of the goal.

Now that we have the dimensions there are two ways to do this. One way is to purchase two generic 30 gallon outdoor style garbage cans. They can be either the hard plastic Rubbermaid kind or the collapsible yard waste kind with the nylon fabric. If you choose the nylon fabric you might want to skip the instant win hole. If you use the Rubbermaid garbage cans you can attempt to cut a hole in the front approximately the same dimensions above. Just be careful.

The other way to do this is to try and replicate what you get when you buy the Kan Jam game. Try and find a cheap plastic sheet toboggan type sled (like the Flying Carpet Sled). If you’re incredibly skilled with a cutting tool (exacto knife, dremmel tool, hand saw) you could try and fasten interlocking tabs to keep the plastic perfectly round. Or you could take and easier way and drill a few holes into the plastic where the two sides meet and use a nut and bolt to keep the plastic curled in a circle (a.k.a. the Kan). While you’re cutting up the plastic you can measure to the center the dimensions for the instant win hole and cut that. Chances are you’re not going to get a very aesthetic looking Kan on the first try so it may be a good idea to order a couple extra toboggans in case something goes terribly wrong. You can always use them for extra Kans or as real toboggans (like they were meant to be used for). Don’t forget you need to buy a Frisbee disc. The official Kan Jam Frisbee is 168g. Anything close should work just fine.

As promised, instructions on how to make Kan Jam.

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4 Comments to “How to Make Kan Jam”

  1. By Curry, June 30, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    I just bought two 30 gallon garbage cans for 7.50 each and like most people, I already own a frisbee. Looks like a I saved 25 dollars.

  2. By admin, July 1, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Good call Curry. If you can score some cheap garbage cans then you could save money making Kan Jam yourself. The trick is getting the “instant win” hole in front. Not that you need it but it does test your skills a bit more. Have fun playing Kan Jam.

  3. By Jose, July 14, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Does anyone know the thickness of the plastic sheets in the KanJam set? Also – is it made of HDPE?

  4. By DCDashner, October 12, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    Most car washes get their soaps and waxes in various size barrels (15, 30, 55 gallon). Call a few car washes around town and they may be willing and able to give a few barrels. I’ve made a few rain barrels that way too. Reusing beats recycling any day.

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