Ryan Lange and Emily Belden think of everything. We asked this Chicago couple if they’d like to come up with a DIY for a fun outdoor game for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. They’re known for being makers of amazing things, as you can see on the Handmade America website.
They invented a whole new backyard game that’s a fun addition to the bean bag toss genre of outdoor competition. But they also realized an outdoor game isn’t much if you don’t have a handy spot to put your drink down… or a place for chips and dip. And they’d never have fun in the yard if their favorite furry friends were locked up indoors!
This is practically a whole backyard makeover. Take a look a these clever ideas for making a backyard a great spot for outdoor fun, be you human or beast.
On June 13, we traded skyscrapers for surf shops and headed to our summer home in South Haven, Michigan. Even though we are just a block from the beach and a 10-minute pedal bike ride into town, we wanted to have a little fun in our own backyard, so we took The Home Depot up on their summer Outdoor Games Style Challenge.
Using a little PVC pipe and a lot of elbow grease, we created a game we are calling: “Seven & Seven”.
When the weather’s hot, kids (and kids at heart) just love playing in the backyard sprinkler. You’ve probably even seen plans for a DIY pipe sprinkler made of PVC last time you browsed Pinterest. But we have a pretty significant improvement on these types of DIY outdoor toys. Alix Adams of the design blog A Ruffled Life had the ingenious idea of making her kids’ sprinkler toy out of galvanized pipe instead of PVC.
Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. This homemade kid wash, as she calls it, is Alix’s contribution.
As Alix will explain in this tutorial, using metal pipe to make a kids sprinkler has a lot of advantages.
I live in Utah, where the summer heat hits you like a ton of bricks just as you round the corner from May to June. It kind of felt like I went to bed on May 31st thinking, whew it’s a little chilly, and woke up to the blazing heat of a dessert summer on June 1st.
With limited shade in my backyard and a house full of restless nephews I knew I needed to come up with a backyard water game and fast. I headed off to The Home Depot to see what my options were, and with the help of an associate named Walt (who makes his own hot sauce on the side), I decided to make a kid wash water toy.
My initial idea was to use PVC pipe to recreate my version of other kid wash water toys floating around the internet, but I quickly realized that 10 wild boys running around my backyard might result in a PVC graveyard. A kid wash made of galvanized steel, however, would put up more of a fight. Assembling my steel kid wash water toy turned out to be SO much easier with steel piping because every piece just simply screwed together! No glue, no mess, no fuss!
I think it’s time you make a kid wash of your own, right?!
Kubb (“koob”) is game that’s been described as a combination of bowling and chess, which makes it one of the more interesting lawn games we can think of. The object is to throw short dowels– batons– at your opponent’s pieces to knock them over. This Swedish game has fans all over the world, and you might be the next new fan once you see this cool kubb game set you can make yourself.
Mandy Pellegin of Fabric Paper Glue came up with this tutorial for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY backyard games for this series.
This kubb game set is easy to make, and Mandy designed it to be unusually attractive, combining wood, copper and paint. She included links to official rules, too, so you can put your new kubb set to the test.
After overhauling our backyard living space earlier this spring, I jumped at the chance to bring even more fun to our space with a homemade lawn game. We’ve checked all the biggies off our list over the years, so I knew immediately that I wanted to tackle kubb – a game also known as “Viking Chess” that I was introduced to several years ago.
Traditionally, the game is made entirely of very simple cuts and shapes of wood– including 10 kubb pieces, one king, six batons, and four to six boundary stakes– but when The Home Depot challenged me to incorporate metal into my creation, I turned to the beauty that is copper to create a completely one-of-a-kind kubb set.
Here we have not only a cool DIY cornhole board tutorial, but we even have a fun new way to play this favorite summertime and tailgating game.
Liz Marie from the Liz Marie Blog came up with these new takes on cornhole for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun for this series, and this is Liz’s contribution.
You’ll also love the photos of Liz’s lovely little brick courtyard attached to her one-hundred-year-old home. It’s a pretty nice place to toss bean bags, for sure.
When I was asked by Home Depot to make a backyard game, my mind instantly came up with 1,456 ideas. I knew I had to narrow that number down, so I started to think of my husband and I and what we like to do when we hang out with friends. We are very laid back people who like to relax and have a chill evening with good food while we spend time with our favorites. I wanted our game to be fairly easy to play, and also have multiple ways to play it depending on what everyone was in the mood for.
So we invented this little game called Simon Says Cornhole that is a lovely little spinoff of the ever so popular game of cornhole.
Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty came up with this wonderfully whimsical take on the game of croquet using some unexpected materials. It’s easy to pack up and store, too.
It’s cute, colorful and provides a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon.
Sometimes when you’re a renter, you can feel little left out not having a personal backyard space. But, there are so many ways to make a community space feel like your own! Setting up a fun outdoor game is the perfect way to enjoy the summer sun.
My husband and I took over our Oakland apartment roof for an afternoon of croquet. After DIYing our croquet set and course, we played a few rounds on the rooftop lawn! All the pieces were easy to pack up once we finished. Now that’s on the go entertainment!
Croquet is a fun outdoor game. But it’s even more fun if you play the game with flamingos as mallets, just the way Alice in Wonderland did.
Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love came up with this terrific do-it-yourself Alice in Wonderland croquet set for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun for this series, and this is Amber’s contribution.
Maybe you’re planning an Alice-themed party, maybe you just want to make your croquet match a bit more whimsical than usual, or perhaps you’re looking for a fun summer DIY project… then Amber’s tutorial is for you.
There was a lot of discussion in our house about what outdoor game to create for the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge.
Let me rephrase.
My husband had a lot of ideas. Among his best were:
- A Jousting Set using wooden dowels from the Home Depot lumber department.
- A Ninja Star Throwing Competition with circular saw blades from the power tool section.
- And then there was that time he suggested that I design our own personal Hunger Games.
I think we can all agree that these ideas…while hugely creative and ambitious, were not so, uh…feasible. So here’s what I’m came up with. While it’s not as exhilarating as ninja stars, there will most definitely be fewer trips to the emergency room.
Considering we live in the heart of Miami, it only made sense to incorporate a few flamingos into our outdoor game. And when it comes to flamingos and games, there is really only one option: croquet.
Turns out that The Home Depot carries everything you need for an Alice in Wonderland croquet set, with flamingos for mallets, even right down to the topiaries scattered with red roses.
Here’s guaranteed family fun on the back deck. It’s a cleverly designed outdoor checkers game table. And it has a secret that makes it both beautiful and functional.
Ashley Phipps from Simply Designing came up with this terrific do-it-yourself idea for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun.
Here’s the tutorial for Ashley’s awesome Outdoor Checkers Game Table.
We had built a deck and pergola a few years ago, and then last year we stained our deck! It was perfect for grilling and for just sitting on, but we didn’t have a table on it, so we could never enjoy dining outside. We have been wanting an outdoor table for a long time and with a little brainstorming, I came up with the perfect solution!
This beauty functions as a pretty outdoor mosaic patio table…
But with just a little flip…
Our pretty, tiled table top turns over to reveal not one, but two checkerboards!
We have here a cool outdoor game DIY project, but with a twist. It has quite a lot of twists, in fact.
It’s a copper and macrame badminton net, bringing together the unlikely pairing of sports and crafting. And it’s pretty awesome.
Rayan Turner from The Design Confidential came up with this clever idea for our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Some of our favorite design bloggers are inventing clever ways to DIY outdoor games for summer fun.
Rayan not only gave us the macrame badminton net, but she also came up with a fun tent fort for her little boys and a lounging area for the grownups. It’s a great spot for playing or snacking and just generally hanging out in the backyard with the family. This is a real inspiration to anyone who’s looking for ways to get more out of his or her backyard.
As a child, playing outdoor games was something we did as family in the evenings and on weekends. We lived in the countryside with no cable TV and not much in the way of entertainment aside from exploring and outdoor activities we could play with just one or two other people at a time. We played horseshoes with one of our two nearest neighbors on weekends and tether ball after school before we started homework. But by far my favorite pastime was playing badminton with my family, so when I was presented with the challenge of creating a fun outdoor game to play with my own little family, there was no question which direction I would take.
Live flowers or a potted plant make great gifts– for house warmings, hostess gifts, get-well-soon gifts, or just about any occasion. We have a very easy way to dress up the plant a little to make an especially nice presentation to your gift recipient.
The vibrant colors of annuals and perennials can make your summer party extra special. Here are some party ideas featuring potted plants and flowers that you can use next time you entertain. Use the flowers for your summer tablescape. After the event transplant the plants outdoors for a pretty touch of color until the fall season, or place them on your front porch to enhance your home’s curb appeal.