Fun Outdoor Games and DIY Entertainment Ideas

Outdoor games for kids, families and adults

It's finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it's also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard. Here's a collection of our favorite outdoor games that are fun and easy to put together.         

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21 Awesome DIY Planters to Kick Off the Summer Months in Style

by Brittni Mehlhoff

21 Awesome DIY Planters to Kick Off the Summer Months in Style

Unofficially, summer has already started and one of the easiest ways to freshen up your space, indoors and out, is with plants. So, why not try one of these 21 DIY planter ideas to help transform your space on a limited budget. Bonus! These planter projects won't take up your whole weekend. In fact, most of them will only take a couple of hours. You in? Let's get to it.

 

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How to: DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Wall Art (with Printable Template)

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Art
Photo: Marlene Sauer

Urban jungle fever is still going strong in the design world, and I don't mind one bit!

From hanging air plants in every way imaginable, to covering a room with plants of all sizes, this decorating trend has us all "bringing the outdoors in" in ever-inspiring ways.

To pay tribute to the uncontested queen of stunning indoor plants, the monstera deliciosa, also known as the split-leaf philodendron, I created this embroidered monstera leaf art print.        

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Need a Super Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Your Mom will Love? Here's What to Do

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Mini Bouquets by Homey oh My
Photo: Homey oh My

So Mother's Day is in three days, and you're empty-handed.

Procrastinate much?

JK! There's no judgment here - I am the absolute worst at planning ahead.

But, let's not leave our moms thinking we don't care about them. Instead of panicking and grabbing the first tchotchke that catches your eye on the way home and playing it off as totally intentional, try one of these last-minute gifts your mom will love.

We've got you covered with gifts you can order online, simple ways to make a gift of flowers more special, and experiences you can share with your mom that will really make her day.

Ready, set, go - you got this!         

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How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

by Chris Gardner

Here's a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

modern house numbers diy project
Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own...

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How to: Hack Store Bought Roman Shades

by Jennifer Farley

How To Cut Bamboo Roman Shade

I love the look of white trim and bamboo roman shades, but the problem is my window sizes are anything but standard. Custom bamboo roman shades are expensive, but the store-bought version can actually be affordable window treatments. The problem is getting them to work for those of us who have non-standard window sizes. The obvious solution is to cut them, but when you inquire about that possibility, you'll hear every reason why you shouldn't. But, guess what? I am here to tell you it is possible to cut store-bought bamboo roman shades to fit your windows perfectly. Read on to find our how!  

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How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

by Chris Gardner

In this post, you'll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways ...

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Gray

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

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Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

by M.E. Gray

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I'm obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it's because it's an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it's the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it's a fact that I love vinyl. And it's a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.      

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How to: Make Your Own DIY Spa-Inspired Pebble Bath Mat

by Lidy Dipert

Learn to make a pebble bath mat with simple materials and techniques.  

DIY Pebble Bath Mat  | Bath rug with river stones
Photo: Lidy Dipert

 

For all those stay-at-home moms who have very busy lives, this DIY is for you! Or anyone who loves an excuse to be pampered just a bit every day. 

Unfortunately, going to the spa isn't a realistic or practical option for many of us. Which is why something as simple as this DIY Pebble Bath Mat can make the world of difference, turning an everyday shower into a treat. So take comfort the next time you get a spare minute to soak in some suds! 

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You Can Do It: 10 Rental Updates Your Landlord Doesn't Need to Know About

by Jennifer Farley
Rental Updates without asking your Landlord's Permission
Source: Skonahem

This is not a post about deceiving your landlord. This post is about updates you can make to your rental that more than likely don't need your landlord's permission. My husband and I are landlords. Rentals are a part of our full-time job; so here are some things WE wouldn't mind you doing if you lived in our rentals ... and I bet your landlord might feel the same way. If you're sick of ugly apartment cabinets and want to cover them, or just can't stand the light fixtures in your space, here are some simple ideas for you.

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Make It: DIY Stylish Mountain Bookends

by Stephanie Lee

Make it: Sweet DIY mountain bookends for your little one's nursery

Now that I have a little one to care for, I’ve come to realize just how wonderful story time can be. Sharing books with Lauren is one of my favorite pastimes… especially the books that I used to read when I was a kid (those are my favorites!). Of course, with a well-stocked bookshelf comes the need for some nice bookends to hold everything in place. So I decided to whip up these pretties for bubba’s room, and they’re so easy to make, I just had to share these DIY mountain bookends with you too!              

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Make It: Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes for your Valentine

by Holly Wade

DIY Conversation Heart Chocolate Boxes

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to start making plans. Nothing screams Valentine's Day quite like conversation hearts. They're colorful, they're graphic, and they say something (sorta) meaningful in ten characters or less. But, they taste kinda icky, so this year, I'm combing the classic conversation heart with something we all actually want to eat: chocolate. 

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82 Things To Do With Your Boo on Valentine's Day (That Don't Involve Dinner Reservations)

by M.E. Gray

Looking for something fun to do with your boo on Valentine's day? Here are 82 fun date ideas that don't involve calling ahead.

Valentine's Day is almost here! The older I get, the more sentimental I become - meaning I really enjoy February 14th. I understand that it's a silly holiday, but it feels sillier to hate on a holiday that's all about love. That being said, I don't think it's necessary to spend a gross amount of money on dinner, flowers, and gifts in order to have a great time with your partner. The whole fancy dinner thing is a little played out. There are far better ways to celebrate love and make memories with your significant other. Here are 82 different date ideas that don't involve making last-minute dinner reservations.        

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