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17 Outdoor Game Ideas to DIY This Summer


1. Travel Checkerboard: Heading on a road trip this summer? Follow our tutorial to turn lovely wooden checkers and chess sets into full-size travel games with VELCRO so you don’t lose a single piece en route! (via Brit + Co.)

2. Diamond Washer Game: This colorful take on the classic is definitely one that you’ll keep around for warm weather gaming. (via A Beautiful Mess)

3. Giant Colorblocked Jenga: This inexpensive project could make an A+ gift to a family or friend who loves outdoor games. Bring it to your next barbecue or picnic. (via A Beautiful Mess)

4. DIY Cornhole Set: Building your own cornhole set is easier than you’d think — we made ours with an old canvas for our dear ol’ dad for Father’s Day. (via Brit + Co.)

5. DIY Donut Twister: We live for throwback games, so we’re really feeling this sugary-sweet version of the classic. Careful though, donut get tangled up! (via Studio DIY)

6. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game: Transform your lawn ornaments into a legit party game with just a few DIY supplies. (via Sugar & Cloth)

7. Tabletop Tic-Tac-Toe DIY: This trendy design doesn’t require a ton of artistic flair *and* you can easily pack it up and take it anywhere you go. (via A Beautiful Mess)

8. DIY Lawn Matching Game: This game is great for the backyard, picnics, even beach trips, and it’s made with cork tiles, so it’s totally reusable. The tutorial includes printables, making it your easiest project of the entire season. (via Studio DIY)

9. Pastel Horseshoes: Update classic yard games like horseshoes or croquet with color blocks of pastel spray paint for some fun in the sun! (via Design Love Fest)

10. Make a Tree Swing: Nothing brings back more summer memories than a wooden swing hanging under a tree. If you have little ones or are a kid at heart, don’t spend another day without this summer essential. (via A Beautiful Mess)

11. Printable Back Yard Scavenger Hunt: All you need is a printer and Mother Nature to get your game on. (via Hey, Let’s Make Stuff)

12. DIY Cactus Ring Toss: Ring toss just got a very trendy upgrade. If you’d rather spend your budget on tasty snacks and cocktails, you’ll love that this yard game is made out of nothing more than cardboard boxes and paint. Bonus: You can use these adorable cacti as home decor later. (via Brit + Co)

13. DIY Freezer Chalk Pops: Give some adults sidewalk chalk and watch their inner child emerge. (via Hello, Wonderful)

14. Painted Rocks Dominoes DIY: We’re loving this rustic-but-pretty version of dominoes. (via The House That Lars Built)

15. DIY Cloth Picnic Games: We love the idea of a game board that you can fold up and tuck into your picnic basket for any summer adventure! And if you don’t yet know how to play Squares, you can learn that in here too. (via Say Yes)

16. DIY Color Block Games: Make sure there’s a game station for all ages and interests. While the rest of the crew is battling it out in cornhole game, set up a couple of these rad color-dipped board games to keep everyone else entertained. (via Brit + Co)

17. DIY Bocce Balls: When it comes time to bust out the bocce balls, make sure your color scheme is on point and in full patriotic form. Spruce up an old set of balls with a starry makeover and a fresh coat of paint. (via Brit + Co)

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(Additional reporting by Kate Thorn)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)