DIY Backyard Quidditch Game for Little Muggles

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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.

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

 

Creating the Quidditch Set

Quidditch is a game between two teams of seven players each. The wizards (players) fly around on broomsticks trying to hit the Quaffle (game ball) into the the rings (goals). If you’ve read the books or seen the movies, I’m sure you recognize the six rings. The game is actually quite sophisticated, much like football, and is pretty fascinating to read about.

Naturally we had to have all the right equipment. We spray painted two balls to resemble the Quaffle and the Golden Snitch we know from the Harry Potter books, and used a suitcase as a stand-in for the trunk that stores them. I used a Sharpie to make our broomstick a “Nimbus 2000″, just like Harry Potter’s. 

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game: Nimbus 2000

 

Making The Quidditch Rings

For the Outdoor Games Style Challenge, The Home Depot gave each blogger a material that we had to incorporate into our game. My assigned material was metal, and my mind immediately went to copper. Copper is such a hot design trend right now and I think it’s a gorgeous material.

I used copper pipes for the posts and the rings are made out of flexible PEX pipe. I bent the PEX pipe into circles and attached them to the posts with a copper tee. I spray painted the rings copper and put the posts into the ground at different heights. I was hesitant about the Rust-Oleum Metallic Sienna Mist spray paint, but once it dried it matched the copper pipes perfectly.

I was so impressed with The Home Depot’s staff and their willingness to brainstorm with us and cut all of our copper pipes for free! They also put up with me sitting on the floor staring at all my choices while my little man rode his flying broomstick up and down the aisles.

Cutting copper pipe at The Home Depot for a DIY backyard Quidditch game

Summer Hogan's little guy flies his Quidditch broom around Home Depot

 

How to Play this Backyard Quidditch Game

Unfortunately (or fortunately as I like to look at it) our yard is too small for a team sport with seven players each. So we simplified the rules for the little ones to enjoy a fun and challenging toss game.

To play our version of the game we assigned each ring a certain number of points, 5 for the shortest ring, 10 for the middle, and 15 for the tallest one. We took turns shooting and whoever scored 50 points first wins the game.

We used our flying broomstick to mark where the little feet should go to toss the Quaffle through the rings. Those toes didn’t always stay behind the lines so needless to say my son beat me twice in the first round!

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game for the Little Muggles

My son had never seen Harry Potter before, so we rented the movie and watched the game scenes. And for some reason we happened to have a hand-me-down Harry Potter cape that we had to wear. It made the game so real don’t you think?

We also popped the lenses out of a pair of sunglasses so he could be a little more Potter-esque.

The scoreboard was made from a scrap wood board that I had picked up from a thrift store a while ago for a dollar. I taped off the edges with frog tape and spray painted the center with chalkboard paint.

 

Representing Gryffindor

DIY Backyard Quidditch for the Little Muggles

DIY Backyard Quidditch for the Little Muggles

We really didn’t have any reason to have the Golden Snitch in our game (other than it’s super cool), but we thought it would be fun to play hide and seek with it. Finding the Golden Snitch would be a great tie breaker too if a game came to that conclusion.

I thought this was a pretty awesome hiding place!

The Golden Snitch

And like any good backyard game should, ours quickly turned into a water game in our North Carolina heat.

Sprinkler Quidditch on a hot day

So far we’ve used the game as a ball toss, hide and go seek, water play, make believe and just plain silliness! What more could I ask for?

After finishing our deck, planting the gardens and sprucing up the play set, this game was the icing on the cake in our little slice of heaven.

After finishing our deck, planting the gardens and sprucing up the play set...

After finishing our deck, planting the gardens and sprucing up the play set...

After finishing our deck, planting the gardens and sprucing up the play set...

 

From Quidditch to Yard Art

I’m so happy about the way this project turned out, and as a mom and a design fanatic, it feels almost more like garden art than just a game. I love any project that has pulls double duty! I could see moving the rings to the natural area after my son out-grows the game and using it as part of our decor. Copper is so on trend and I love the contrast with the green grass and natural elements.

Figuring out how to best use our small space was challenging and I think the setup of the game was a great solution. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it’s separated enough that if we have several kids over they could use the “full court”.

DIY Backyard Quidditch Game

A huge thanks to The Home Depot for allowing us to participate in this unique challenge.

Although there was some sweat and multiple trips (like hundreds) to the store, we enjoyed every minute of it, and I think we even made a few new friends!

 

 

Summer Hogan and her little guy

 

Summer Hogan claims being creative doesn’t come naturally to her, though you wouldn’t know it looking at her blog Simple Stylings {for the semi-creative mind}. The blog shows anyone who thinks they aren’t all that creative that even with limited time and budget you can still create style and beauty in your home and life. She lives with her little boy near Charlotte, North Carolina.

For more backyard makeover ideas and backyard games, see other Outdoor Games Style Challenge articles here on The Home Depot Blog, and follow our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest. Browse our Outdoor Recreation Department for everything you need for fun in the outdoors. 

Summer received a Home Depot gift card to complete her outdoor game DIY project. The ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

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  1. Summer, you killed it! What an awesome idea and I love the the cute photos with your son.

  2. OMG! This is pure genius Beth!! I love it! So fun and creative. Your little Harry is adorable. Good job my friend:)

  3. Beth of designPOST interiors says:

    Summer!! I love it! It really does look like art! And your Harry is adorable! Such a good use of your limited space and y’all could play versions of this game for years!

  4. Love this – so many fun, creative games you can play with it and I agree with Summer that I can see using the copper loops as garden decorations when games aren’t in play!

  5. love how this turned out Summer!!

  6. Mallory says:

    Summer, your creativity never ceases to amaze me! I love this so much, and it’s actually a beautiful addition to your back yard! Kudos, friend, on another amazing project!!!

  7. Such a fun and creative game!! I love how you brought the books game to life in your backyard :)

  8. Oh yay! LOVE seeing my talented friend on the Home Depot blog! Congrats Summer!

  9. Very cute! Love the creativity :)

  10. What a creative, out-of-the-box idea! And pretty too. Win-win :)

  11. Lacy camp says:

    This is awesome! I love it! Great job, Summer!

  12. Summer, Your game looks like so much fun, and it’s beautiful as well! I love how you added the scoreboard and used the suitcase for storage. I can’t believe that the spray painted rings were such a perfect match to the real copper…I’ll have to be on the lookout for that color! How cute are you two??? Well done, friend!