How to Make Jenga Blocks Slippery

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Jenga is a really fun game to play no doubt. It’s always fun to see who is going to make that tower crumble. That said, it is not the hardest game in the world. However, there are some ways to make it harder.

One of the most popular ways to make Jenga harder is by making the blocks slippery. Today we are going to teach you exactly how to do that.

Why Should You Make Your Jenga Blocks Slippery?

There is one main reason why you want to make your Jenga blocks slippery. This is to make the game much harder to play. If the Jenga blocks are slippery, they will be much harder to hold onto. If the blocks are harder to hold onto, then they are harder to remove from the tower.

That said, this may actually be a bit of a double-edged sword. Consider the fact that if the Jenga blocks are slippery, then there is also not much friction between them. Therefore, as long as you can get a good grip on them, once you start pulling, they will slide away from each other very easily.

This is actually a very interesting topic because making Jenga blocks slippery makes them harder to hold onto, but it also makes them slide away from each other much better. If you are tired of a regular game of Jenga, it’s definitely something to try out.

4 Best Ways to Make Jenga Blocks Slippery

Now that you know why you might want to make your Jenga blocks slippery, let’s talk about the four best ways to do so. There are actually many different ways to do so. Just choose the way that works best for you based on your skills and what tools you have at your disposal.

1. Sand the Blocks Down

Sanding Jenga Blocks One good way to make Jenga blocks slippery is to sand them down. You will need a couple of different pieces of sandpaper.

For the first steps, you will want to use 80 grit sandpaper to smooth them out. Once you have sanded all four sides of the Jenga blocks with the 80 grit sandpaper, you then want to move to much smoother sandpaper. The higher the grit of sandpaper, the smoother the result will be. Therefore, for the biggest challenge, use the highest grit sandpaper.

Although this is a relatively easy process, sanding down 54 Jenga blocks is going to take some time.

2. Apply Polyurethane

Coating Jenga Blocks with Polyurethane Another thing that you can do to make your Jenga blocks much more slippery is to apply some kind of polyurethane layer to them. Polyurethane dries into a smooth, clear, and very slick surface. This is a good way to make your blocks permanently slippery. It’s also a good way to make them look a little shinier too.

With that being said, this is definitely not a lengthy or easy process. You need to paint that polyurethane onto your Jenga blocks, on all four sides.

You also need to allow various sides to dry so you can flip them over to paint the other sides. Most people would then also recommend sanding down the Jenga blocks once the polyurethane has been applied with high grit sandpaper. This is definitely a process that is going to require some effort.

3. Apply Specialty Wax

Applying Wax to Jenga Blocks An easier and faster way to make your Jenga blocks slippery is to use a specialty wax. Here, we actually recommend using something like surfboard wax, as it is very slick.

All you have to do is rub the wax onto all sides of all of your Jenga blocks. You then want to use a microfiber towel to really work that wax into the wooden blocks, and to remove any excess. This is a good method because it’s quick, although it’s not overly permanent. The fact of the matter is that the wax will wear off over time.

Moreover, it’s also going to get wax onto your table, and onto your fingers. Every time you touch your Jenga blocks, you will get some wax on you.

4. Lubricant

Although this is a messy method, it is quite easy. All you have to do is to apply any kind of lubricant to your Jenga blocks. This could include something like silicone lubricant spray or even some basic vegetable oil.

Once you have applied the lubricant, use a microfiber towel to remove any excess. Once again, just like with the wax, this is a fairly messy process. Furthermore, that lubricant is going to rub off on your fingers as you play the game.

How to Make Jenga Blocks Slippery


As you can see, making Jenga blocks slippery is quite easily done. Whether you want to sand them, apply polyurethane, use wax, or any other kind of lubricant, this is a fairly quick process.

Making your Jenga blocks slippery will definitely make for quite an interesting game in more ways than one. If you are tired of regular Jenga, it’s definitely something that can provide you with a bit of a change and a challenge.