Articles in: Tailgating

First Look: Ryobi 2200 Inverter Generator

Posted by: on October 21st, 2012 | Make A Comment

The Ryobi 2200 Inverter Generator is a portable generator that offers more power and quiet operation. It’s so quiet that a normal conversation can be heard over the generator’s gentle hum.

You can take it with you to the job site, camping trip or tailgating party. In fact, we recently tested it out first hand as we produced our Tailgating series here on the Apron blog. It quietly purred while providing hours of power.

It only takes three easy steps to start up. It offers parallel run compatibility, so running two generators at the same time for double power is an option, should you have the latest satellite and HDTV set up at your tailgates. Home Depot associate Steve Lieberman shows us these features and more on the Ryobi 2200 Inverter Generator in this week’s First Look video.

Take a look at all our portable generators available at The Home Depot.

Our First Look series gives Apron Blog readers an inside look by highlighting some of the videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot.

How To Build A Ladder Ball Toss Game

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2012 | Make A Comment


Good food, drinks, and fun and games are what the tailgating experience on game day is all about (and it helps if your team wins). Tailgating games like ladder ball are great to have on hand because they provide an opportunity your guest to get to know each other while engaging in a little friendly competition.

In this video, Home Depot associate Christine will show you how to build a portable ladder ball toss game to play at your next tailgate, picnic or backyard gathering. Then, you’ll be able to throw one of these together in no time using PVC pipes and fittings, nylon cord, a few golf balls and some spray paint.

We have more videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Trick Out Your Tailgating Cooler With Wheels

Posted by: on September 30th, 2012 | 5 Comments

Tailgating Cooler with Wheels

When it comes to tailgating gear, aside from a good spot in the stadium parking lot, there aren’t many things more important than your cooler. When you need to carry your cooler any distance, though, you are quickly reminded of the sheer genius behind the invention of the wheel. So, let’s add some wheels to a cooler. And while we’re at it, let’s add a Lazy Susan steering system, and trick the cooler out to be a thing of tailgating beauty.

Here’s how to trick out your tailgating cooler. 

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How to Build a Slide-Out Tailgate Table

Posted by: on September 28th, 2012 | One Comment

DIY Tailgating Table

When The Apron blog team decided to put together a tailgating series, we began to brainstorm around items that would make your tailgating life a little bit easer. Let’s simplify the storage process with a customized storage tote. Let’s make it easier for friends and family to find us (or you!) with an easy-to-make PVC flagpole. Then we thought about the tailgating food spread, arguably the most important aspect of the tailgate! We wanted to come up with a way to build a tailgating table that slides out of the back of a pickup truck.

So we brought in the DIY experts over on the The Home Depot How-To Community Forums to help us out. Our thought was that you could easily extend your truck’s tailgate, and give it the look of a wooden dining table by adding some legs to a table top. This way, you could leave your table in your truck bed, pack supplies on top, and pull it out when you’re ready for the party. Of course, this tailgate table works equally well for picnics during the off season.

ChrisFixIt came up with our game plan (sketched out below), and showed us how to build a sturdy tailgate table that could be customized for any truck bed.

Here are your step-by-step instructions.

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DIY Decor: How to Make a String of Bunting Flags

Posted by: on September 28th, 2012 | Make A Comment

DIY Bunting Banner for your Tailgating Party

Bunting flags have been all the rage in the blog world the last few months. Stringing up pennants is a great way to decorate birthday parties, wedding and baby showers and picnics… and, of course, tailgating parties. We have an easy way for you to make your own flag bunting. This is an easy afternoon DIY project that costs under $20!

Just follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own string of bunting flags.


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From the Forums, Tailgating Edition: How to Build a Tailgate Game Table

Posted by: on September 28th, 2012 | 5 Comments


Our How-To Community associate ChrisFixit has designed some very DIY clever projects that you can find on our online How-To Community Forums. But for this special tailgating edition of our From the Forums series, we’re showcasing this tailgating table he put together especially for The Home Depot’s College Gameday Facebook App. It’s suitable for serving food, and once the eating is down, it becomes a football-field-themed game table.

You can download these instructions in printable form at the Home Depot Facebook page. And while you’re at College Gameday Facebook App, check out the instructions for building the deluxe version of this tailgate game table. 

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10 Things Every Tailgating All-Star Needs

Posted by: on September 26th, 2012 | One Comment

An all-star tailgating set-up

If tailgating were an Olympic sport — and, really, why isn’t it? — then the Tailgating All-Star is definitely taking home the gold. This pro is lounging in his outdoor couch, mister on in the summer months and portable heater kicking in the winter. The All-Star doesn’t just come with a grill, he comes with a five-star menu that includes rotisserie chicken and multiple sides. This is the guy who you definitely want to make friends with.

Here’s what the Tailgating All-Star is pulling in his trailer:

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How to Make a Chalkboard Paint A-Frame Sign for Tailgating

Posted by: on September 25th, 2012 |

A chalkboard paint sign at tailgating


If you need to keep tabs on wins and losses, shout out a major victory or just let everyone know the “daily specials” that will be rotating on the grill, the sandwich board sign with chalkboard paint is a simple DIY solution that great for a tailgating get-together. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a hardworking, versatile board that you’ll use time and again.

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10 Tailgating Essentials for the Varsity Tailgater

Posted by: on September 24th, 2012 | One Comment

10 Things Every Varsity Tailgater Needs

We’ve covered all the tailgating essentials you need if you’re a Rookie Tailgater. Here we offer up the tailgating must-haves for the seasoned tailgater looking to upgrade his or her gear. These are our top picks for the enthusiast looking to join the Varsity Tailgating team:

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DIY Decor, Tailgating Edition: Burlap Wreath, Good for Tailgating,Thanksgiving and Christmas, Too

Posted by: on September 24th, 2012 | 6 Comments

DIY Burlap Wreath


Here at Apron Blog headquarters, we’ve been noticing wreaths of all shapes and sizes popping up on the internet. Of course, with our Tailgating Extravaganza going on, we thought it would be fun to do a football-themed wreath.

And, as much as we love football here at The Home Depot, we thought it might be fun to try and make a wreath that could be used not only for football season but throughout the year. So, we decided upon this super simple and inexpensive burlap wreath project, which by simply switching out some ribbon and a few trinkets, can take us from Tailgating to Halloween to Christmas.

Find the full step-by-step below!

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