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 Backyard Makeover with a DIY Outdoor Game and a Place to Put Your Drink

Posted by: on July 22nd, 2014 | Make A Comment

Backyard Makeover With a DIY Outdoor Game Idea

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.  



Backyard Makeover With a DIY Outdoor Game Idea


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”.

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DIY Pipe Sprinkler for Kids: Sturdier and Easier to Make

Posted by: on July 21st, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Pipe Sprinkler for Kids

DIY Pipe Sprinkler for Kids

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?!

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DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Kubb Game Set

Posted by: on July 21st, 2014 | Make A Comment

DIY Backyard Games: How to Make a Kubb Game Set


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 ChallengeSome 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.

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Backyard Game DIY: A New Way to Play Cornhole

Posted by: on July 18th, 2014 | 2 Comments

DIY Cornhole Board and a New Way to Play


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.

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Outdoor Game DIY: A Wonderfully Whimsical Croquet Set

Posted by: on July 17th, 2014 | One Comment

Outdoor Game DIY: A Wonderfully Whimsical Croquet Set


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!

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Make Your Own Alice in Wonderland Croquet Set

Posted by: on July 16th, 2014 | 3 Comments

Make Your Own Alice in Wonderland Croquet Set

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.

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DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

Posted by: on July 15th, 2014 | 11 Comments

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table


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…

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

But with just a little flip…

DIY Outdoor Checkers Game Table

Our pretty, tiled table top turns over to reveal not one, but two checkerboards!

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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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