Create Summer Fun In Your Own Back Yard

Build Your Own Yard Games

When summer rolls around, the need to create engaging outdoor entertainment rises. From birthday parties to weddings to graduation celebrations, you are ready to create memories and plenty of fun!

Luckily, this fun doesn’t have to break the bank. You can build, paint, and craft your own lawn games at an affordable price.

Prepare Your Yard

Several weeks before your event, finish up manicuring your lawn. Spray the last dandelion, spread the final grass seed, and keep on watering.

A day or two before the event, mow your lawn. This makes it comfortable for guests to walk in the grass and gives a polished look. For an extra touch, collect all the clippings so they don’t get stuck between bare toes.

If you are in a particularly wooded or buggy area, consider fogging your yard or purchasing citronella candles.

Ladder Golf

Ladder Golf

This Old House offers you step-by-step tutorials to construct a classic yard game. For 4 hours and $50, you can have a durable yard game that everybody will be asking to borrow. (Photo by Room 5 Films)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lawn Twister

Lawn Twister

Don’t get twisted up in a plastic sheet. Spray paint circles straight on the grass for some seriously silly fun. Planning on a big party? Simply add a few more circles!

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Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga

What makes the toppling of Jenga blocks even better? When the blocks are the size of your arm! Check out this tutorial by Love Bug Living for inspiration. If you want to make the blocks a gift, consider wood burning, painting, or stamping on some of the blocks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cornhole

Cornhole

Possibly the most classic Minnesota lawn game, cornhole is easy to play and to build. Opt to paint the board in your favorite team colors, let the kids cover it in handprints, or have the winners of each game sign their names! Follow along with directions from The Home Depot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tell us!

What is your favorite lawn game to play each summer? Comment below to let us know. Extra points if you give directions!