Outdoor Living:

DIY Landscape Lighting

Posted by: on August 19th, 2014 | One Comment

DIY Landscape Lighting

There’s nothing better for adding an elegant, magical ambiance to your back yard or deck than outdoor lighting. It’s great, too, for enhancing curb appeal in the front of your house. Landscape lighting increases your home security, too.

Installing your own DIY landscape lighting is pretty easy, too. DIY blogger Robin Gay of All Things Heart and Home has done some pretty amazing things with outdoor lighting in her yard. Here she shows up how to set up a DIY  outdoor lighting system.  

DIY Landscape Lighting

Outdoor living before the sun goes down is lovely. But add a little landscape lighting and moonlight to the mix and you’ve got an enchanting backdrop for all your outside celebrations!

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An Amazing Kids’ Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

Posted by: on August 1st, 2014 | 19 Comments

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

An Amazing Kids' Playhouse Built from an Old Backyard Shed

 

Here’s a story about a kids’ playhouse that’s a lot like the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Ugly Duckling. You know the story– a homely little duckling matures into a beautiful swan. In this case a rather unattractive old tool shed is transformed into an absolutely magical playhouse that would be the dream of any little girl.

This is the vision of Joni Lay (along with ideas and labor by her husband and her father). Joni is the designer, creator and mom behind the blog Lay Baby Lay. This remarkable playhouse project is her contribution to our ongoing Outdoor Games Style Challenge series here on the Home Depot Blog.

What better place for backyard games than a playhouse, eh?

Seriously. This is the playhouse you wish you had had when you were a kid.

I had a fun playhouse growing up that my dad built especially for my sister and me. We loved it, and spent countless long hours in it, imagining the afternoons away. I’ve been dreaming for quite awhile about building something really fun for our girls to enjoy in the same way, but couldn’t really get a plan in my head that I was truly satisfied with until one day my husband Chip came up with a brilliant suggestion.

There was a tin roofed shed in our backyard that has sat virtually untouched since we moved into our house six years ago. It had fallen into a sad state of disrepair, but it was the kind of thing that you just didn’t know what to do with because it would be quite the effort to disassemble and throw away. We didn’t really use it, so we didn’t care to fix it up, either.

But my husband Chip had the idea to turn it into a playhouse, and that was all we needed to get going.

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Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Posted by: on July 31st, 2014 | 3 Comments

Outdoor Games: DIY Ladder Toss You Can Take to the Park

Mandy Kellogg Rye knows a stylish picnic isn’t complete without a fun activity. A good outdoor game can generate conversation, stimulate the mind as well as the body, and it can be a convenient, if not totally necessary excuse to enjoy a summer afternoon in the park.

Mandy is a talented and in-demand stylist– she founded the  Waiting On Martha blog and online store. She came up with this tutorial for building a DIY ladder toss game (often called ladder ball). It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge.

Her ladder toss game set is a great for a tailgate party, a backyard barbecue, or for enjoying time with friends in the park.   

 

When The Home Depot asked me to be a part of its latest Style Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice before saying #letsdothis, especially since moving to Atlanta from Chicago we’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors.

The only caveat is that we live in the city, which means we have a very teeny-tiny backyard, and most of our time spent outdoors is at some of the beautiful parks that grace these city streets. So I knew when choosing and creating my outdoor game it would have to be portable and easy to store. We already had cornhole and bocce ball, but what seemed to be missing was one of my favorites– ladder toss. While ladder toss tends to be a tad on the large side I knew that with a few tweaks I could make it portable and part of our outdoor routine in no time.

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DIY Outdoor Games: Kids’ Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

Posted by: on July 28th, 2014 | 2 Comments

DIY Outdoor Games: Kids' Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

Kimber Matherne, the The Pinning Mama, obviously knows how to generate family fun. That’s quite obvious looking at the photos of her kids playing in her awesome DIY kids’ sprinkler game. 

This is one of the fun DIY outdoor games in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge in which we invited some of our favorite design bloggers to come up with an outdoor game using a specific assigned material. In Kimber’s case, it was PVC pipe.

Her sprinkler limbo set is great for getting the kids (and adults!) active outside on a hot day. Who could resist the fun of doing the limbo with splashing water to keep you cool? 

 

With two little ones, my family is always looking for fun family-friendly activities that we can all enjoy together. During the spring we often played with this DIY Yard Yahtzee game we made, but since we live in Las Vegas where we have small yards and triple digit temps as early as May, it can sometimes be challenging to be outside once summer hits. When we do play outside, it must involve water! When I was invited to be a part of the Outdoor Games Style Challenge and was given PVC as my challenge material my mind started spinning on how we could turn this into a fun family game perfect for our space.

 

DIY Outdoor Games: Kids' Sprinkler Limbo Made from PVC Pipe

Before we get started, here’s some Chubby Checker…

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DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Yard Pong Set

Posted by: on July 25th, 2014 | 7 Comments

DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Yard Pong Set

Beth Barden of designPOST interiors has come up with one of the simplest DIY backyard games ever. It’s her contribution to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge. We’ve asked some of our favorite design bloggers to create, or re-imagine fun games that you can play in your backyard at a tailgate party, and that you can make yourself. 

Beth’s version of yard pong cleverly makes use of regular PVC pipe and some spray paint. You’ll see how she made it just below.

But Beth didn’t stop at creating the outdoor game. She also came up with an ingenious way of turning a slightly mysterious concrete box in her backyard into a sweet outdoor sitting area with a storage area below. And she shows us some of her ace outdoor decorating ideas, too. 

(And if you get only one message from Beth’s story it’s this: never, ever be afraid to stroll the aisles of Home Depot! Read on to see what we mean.)

But first, the backyard game… 

 

When I got the invitation to participate in Home Depot’s latest Style Challenge I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough. As a long-time fan of their various style challenges, I knew this was going to be a blast! But, after quickly accepting I had to begin brainstorming ideas for an outdoor game. I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to DIY projects, so I knew that I would have to keep it simple. I also have a really hard time sticking to just one project at a time so I knew immediately that I would also be working on more than just a game!

My main goal for creating my outdoor game was to come up with something that would work for all skill levels. With my three young kids home all summer I knew I wanted something that they could play and my husband and I also like to have friends over to grill out as often as we can, so I wanted it to be a new game we could all enjoy as well.

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DIY Outdoor Games: PVC Bowling Pins, Chalkboard Scoreboard

Posted by: on July 24th, 2014 | 16 Comments

DIY Outdoor Game: PVC Bowling Pins

DIY Outdoor Game: PVC Bowling Pins

Here’s a great outdoor game that practically anyone in the family can play. It’s backyard bowling with cute PVC bowling pins that are easy to make.  

We’ve asked some of our favorite design bloggers to create DIY outdoor games for our  Outdoor Games Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. This is the contribution by Katrina Sullivan, the blogger behind Chic Little House. She added a DIY chalkboard to keep score to make this project even better.

Take a look at this fun, easy DIY project that will have the whole family having a ball in the backyard.  

One of the many things we love about living in Northern California, is the amazing outdoor weather we have most of the year. Our home has a smaller footprint, and one of out goals is to truly utilize our backyard and make it a fun spot to cook, lounge and most of all play! I totally jumped at the chance to to participate in the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge. Our challenge material was creating a game with PVC. I have lots of experience working with PVC, most recently installing irritation in our raised garden beds. I quickly started brain storming fun creative ways to transform the material into a fun outdoor game our family and friends would enjoying playing.

Since our oldest just turned 14 and our youngest recently turned 3 (yup, huge age gap!), having an outdoor game they would both enjoy was a must. One of the family activities we enjoy is bowling, so why not make transform PVC pipes into bowling pins and do backyard bowling? I gathered some inspiration for the design, and along with spray paint, washi tape and mustache stickers, I created colorful whimsical bowling pins.

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DIY Backyard Quidditch Game for Little Muggles

Posted by: on July 23rd, 2014 | 27 Comments

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

What’s the greatest game ever invented that involves flying brooms? Of course, it’s Quidditch, the game we muggles first learned of in the Harry Potter books and movies. (And before we hear shouting from the curling crowd, note that curling brooms generally aren’t supposed to fly.) Of course, if you’re a muggle, you’re best to use non-flying brooms for backyard Quidditch.  

Blogger Summer Hagan of Simple Stylings {for the semi-creative mind} has invented a lovely game for her little boy based on Quidditch in a stripped down way. There are brooms, but they only fly in the imagination. This is her addition to our Outdoor Games Style Challenge here on The Home Depot Blog. 

The best part might be the copper circular goals, like the goals in the Harry Potter game. Summer’s goals look pretty cool… and might have a second life in her yard after her little muggle has hung up his broom. Read on to see how Summer created this DIY backyard Quidditch game.

I recently finished up a huge back deck project, and I’m so happy to be spending these long summer days outside. When I got the invitation from The Home Depot to participate in one of its Style Challenges I was over-the-moon excited! Then I found out the theme was outdoor games, and I was even more stoked; this was right up our alley.

Then reality set in and I was at a loss.

There are so many classic backyard games that have been done a million times. Pinterest is flooded with images of DIY backyard games. I wanted our game to be unique and creative, but also something we could play together as a family. I spent hours researching and brainstorming before I came up with a solid idea that I was excited about.

I decided on a simplified version of the game Quidditch from the Harry Potter books.

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A Cool Outdoor Game DIY with a Twist: Macrame Badminton Net

Posted by: on July 14th, 2014 | Make A Comment

A Cool Outdoor Game DIY with a Twist: Macrame Badminton Net

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.

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Summer Party Ideas: Decorating with Potted Plants

Posted by: on July 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

Summer Party Ideas: Decorating with Potted Plants

Summer Party Ideas: Decorating with Potted Plants

 

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.

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Summer Fun & Games Ideas Coming in Outdoor Games Style Challenge

Posted by: on July 9th, 2014 | Make A Comment

Summer Fun & Games Ideas Coming in Outdoor Games Style Challenge

This summer, to spread the spirit of long summer days, sprinkler running, watermelon snacks, and summer fun, we created a brand new spin on our popular Style Challenge series–and we’ve asked some of the best DIY and home decor bloggers to join us. This year, in our Outdoor Games Style Challenge, we have 17 bloggers ready to share their summer fun with you. We hope you’ll be inspired by their creative and fun ideas to get outside and play!

Challenged to build a creative outdoor game, each blogger is given one month to bring the idea to life. We are excited to introduce the talented participants of our 2014 Outdoor Games Style Challenge:

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Alix is a lifestyle and DIY blogger at A Ruffled Life, she’s crafting life with glitter and spunk! A Utah resident, Alix loves throwing a good party and spending time with her husband and son – and a baby girl on the way!

Amber, an avid DIYer and crafting enthusiast living in Miami. Learn more about Amber on her blog, Damask Love, where craft is always in session.

Amy is a craft blogger at Modge Podge Rocks, living in Atlanta. Obviously a Modge Podge afficianado, Amy regularly shares DIY and craft ideas. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

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