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.