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DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Yard Pong Set

Posted by: on July 25th, 2014 | Make A Comment

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 | 3 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 | 23 Comments

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

What’s the greatest game ever invented that involves flying brooms? It’s Quidditch, of course. (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, slightly stripped down version of Quidditch for the little kids. 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 Quidditch goals, which 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:

First Row

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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Front Porch Decorating Ideas: A Flower Wall and a Turquoise Chandelier

Posted by: on July 4th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Front Porch Decorating Ideas: A Turquoise Chandelier and a Flower Wall

Grace Mitchell has one of the most wonderful front porches we’ve ever seen. She shared some exceptional front porch decorating ideas when she took part in our Patio Style Challenge. We were interested to see if she had made any changes to her porch since then.

It should be no surprise that the creative mind behind A Storied Style  would have made a number of tweaks, big and small, to freshen up the look of her front porch. What we didn’t expect was that her front porch refresh would include a fun day of summer activities for her children.

 

Our front porch sees a lot of activity, especially in the warmer months (which are many, thanks to the fact that we live in Texas), and we have spent countless hours in this space the past year. Since we live in an area full of old homes, the porch is central to the culture and community of our neighborhood. I love the fact that we know our neighbors, and our neighbors know us, and we can chat and walk back and forth between each other’s porches. It’s really quite nice.

When we finished our porch makeover last year, it felt like gaining an extra room, and we have enjoyed it through all seasons. I am happy to say our Woodbury dining set literally still looks as beautiful as the day we got it, and it can survive lots of little hands and meals and projects with ease.

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Small Patio Ideas: From One Patio to Another

Posted by: on July 3rd, 2014 | 2 Comments

Small Patio Ideas: From One Patio to Another

When we last saw Jewel Hazelton’s patio furniture, it was on someone else’s deck. And a mighty fine-looking deck it was.

Jewel is the lifestyle blogger behind Eat.Drink.Shop.Love, and she took part in our Patio Style Challenge series a while back. But she was knee deep in moving boxes, getting settled in a new condo at the time, so she styled her friend Sonya’s small deck with the furniture. Lucky Sonya! But the furniture is now in its rightful place, and we get a chance to see Jewel’s expert small patio ideas in not one, but two places. 

As you’ll see, Jewel makes full use of her condo balcony, creating a comfortable and colorful space that’s great for relaxing (and growing a few herbs).


My inspiration behind this space was to make an outdoor living area feel like an indoor space. I wanted my patio to serve as a functional area that was perfect for winding down after a long day’s work or for entertaining friends on the weekends.

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Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

Posted by: on July 2nd, 2014 | One Comment

Patio Decorating Ideas: A Modern Chic Patio Refresh

It’s amazing what just a few new cushions, an outdoor rug, and some rearranging can do to make a patio look new again.

We loved the casual, eclectic patio designer Tobe Reed created for our Patio Style Challenge series. Tobe writes about the continuing improvements to her beautiful home on Because It’s Awesome, and we wanted to see what she might do to give her patio a bit of a refresh.

Her patio decorating ideas are so simple, but, as you’ll see, they are so very effective.  

 

I had a great time putting our outdoor space together last spring, and welcomed the opportunity to give it a refresh with this year’s Patio Redux. We’ve been fortunate to have expanded our family since the last time I was here so a bit of simplifying and baby-proofing was definitely in order.

I initially felt like we didn’t change much about our space, but looking back on last year’s patio, it really has evolved quite a bit! We needed to relocate the fire pit and simplify the seating situation in the lounge area. To do this, I opted to break the sectional up into a sofa and chair combination. I love that the chair backs keep a low profile so you can look out into the yard no matter where you sit.

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A Bohemian Bungalow Patio Makeover

Posted by: on July 2nd, 2014 | One Comment

A Bohemian Bungalow Patio Makeover

Sometimes decorating decisions we make in one home don’t work so well when we move to a new place. That’s what happened with the bright aqua patio set Hannah Maple used to style her courtyard a while back in our Patio Style Challenge series. The color was great originally, but it wasn’t going to work in her new backyard. 

Hannah’s the creative mind behind the design blog Maple + Shade, and she knew exactly what to do to make her old patio set work in a new setting– spray paint. As you’ll see, she also brought in some new elements in her mini patio makeover including some simple landscaping.

Take a look. You’re likely to pick up a few outdoor decorating ideas for your own backyard.

Interior decorating may be my trade (and my passion), but when I’m not working on a client’s home…or my own…I pretty much live for the outdoors! Landscape design has always been a fascination of mine, not to mention a huge priority when it came to revamping the homes I’ve owned.

I couldn’t believe my luck last spring when the amazing Home Depot team asked me to participate in the Patio Style Challenge. Remember that ramshackle city space my husband and I brought back to life with a makeover of the courtyard? It needed some major love, and thanks to Home Depot, that’s just what we gave her!

Well, believe it or not, we’ve moved again! You see, Hubby and I are expecting our first baby in September. Our downtown cottage was a gem to live in, but it was tiny, and we were both longing for something a little more quiet and family-friendly, so we found a quaint little bungalow in a charming downtown neighborhood to house our growing family.

So now we have an actual backyard!! And let me tell you…it’s glorious. Well, okay…it needs some work…but the potential is definitely glorious!

Here’s a little glimpse:

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