Summer may be winding down and the kiddos may be already in the beginning stages of their first semester but it’s not over yet. Relax and enjoy a glass of iced tea out on the porch with the rest of the family. And liven things up with a game of corn hole or croquette! These 15 backyard games are perfect for the end of summer – and perfect to test some DIY skills.
1. Mini Golf Course
That’s My Letter starts us off with a super fun DIY to dive into and one that will definitely pay off. The entire family can get involved and hold a game of mini golf any day of the week! You can even take it one step further with your creativity and add different obstacles to the course.
2. Pool Noodle Ring Toss
Grab some of those inexpensive pool noodles and get to work. You can easily create an XL “pool noodle” ring toss with a few of them. The entire family can join in on this fun, even the smallest of the kiddos.
3. Water Cup Races
All For the Boys has a great tutorial that involved using some of the water guns of the house. With some cups and some string, you’d be surprised how easy entertaining the little ones this afternoon can be. It’s also a great game for birthday parties and BBQs!
DIY Network shows off a great tutorial for a classic backyard game: Cornhole. Knowing how to make some of these will really add a bit of extra fun to your home and to the family. This is really the perfect, go-to game to get the party started.
5. Dunk Tank
The Happy Housewife has a real treat for us this summer season. Why not create a makeshift dunk tank for the entire family to enjoy. It’ll be quite fun for the kids as well, creating a more unique afternoon activity rather than time in front of the TV or video games.
6. Bowling For Kids
We are loving this fun little owling alley found over at HGTV. Again, some old pool noodles can come in handy here. And it’s such an easy DIY to complete for our novice crafters – they need not worry.
7. Lawn Dominoes
These lawn dominoes from One Dog Woof look like so much fun! And they seem like a great idea for a homemade housewarming or bridal shower gift as well. Take the leap and check out the easy-to-follow tutorial now!
Four-in-a-Row is a classic game and who knew that we could make a giant version right outside in the backyard? Apparently, Home Depot did and they’ve got all the directions behind its creation! It’s a great focus for any kind of outdoor party from the pool to a BBQ.
9. Flamingo Ring Toss
Here’s another ring toss game that would be great for the family. And this time it involved some flamingoes! Check out Sugar & Cloth for all the fun details and add some extra color and style to your backyard setup.
10. Outdoor Checkers Table
Shanty 2 Chic made a super stylish outdoor checkers table that we’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with! Dip it in any color that you’d like to and have it become a part of the overall vision for your backyard. Of course, checkers is just another game that the entire family can get involved in.
11. Scrabble Out Back
Who loves a good game of Scrabble? If you hop on over to Consider The Peel, you’ll learn how to make a homemade Scrabble game made to be played outdoors. We love how interactive and fun this one could be!
Design Dazzle made a classic game into a giant-sized outdoor piece! Check out how to create Kerplunk for the great outdoors after the jump! All you need are some tomato cages to start it all off!
13. Yard Yahtzee
Naptime Creations went with Yahtzee. Who knew you could create an outside version of this fun game as well! Check out the details after the jump and just think of our much more fun your family and neighborhood cookouts with be.
14. Lawn Twister
All you need is a bit of spray paint to get this one started! Create a Twister board out on the lawn and then get everyone in on the fun! Twist it, turn it and be the last one standing (or crouching) to win!
15. Ladybug and Bumble Bee Tic-Tac-Toe
And finally, one that the kiddos will definitely love, this springtime tic-tac-toe board from Scratch NY. The little ones can even help out with creating the bumblebees and ladybugs with some paint! And then go outside and get to playing.