Pretty painted cornhole, giant Jenga, lawn Twister—these are the outdoor games you're going to be playing all summer long. Set them up in the backyard, bring them to your local park, or take them to your friend's place in the suburbs. It's time to reconnect with the nostalgic fun of playing outside.
The only thing more fun than your favorite childhood game—your favorite childhood game giant-sized. You will need some power tools and wood for this one, but the instructions from Jennifer Largesse for Home Depot are easy to follow.
Undoubtedly the prettiest cornhole set I've ever seen. The best part about this project from Lovely Indeed is that the two pieces of wood are held together with hinges, so you can store the game flat in a closest and easily carry it to the nearest park.
This adorable blue domino set from Iron & Twine requires just wood and paint. You can make yours any color you like.
The stakes are even higher when you jumbo-size your Jenga game. The set above from Creative Green Living is remarkably easy to make—all you need is lumber, a saw, and some sandpaper. But where to store the pieces when not in use? That's the harder part (unless, of course, you have space for this awesome industrial storage cart).
For a backyard birthday, Katie of You + Me painted a Twister board right onto the grass. If you try this at home, be sure to use eco-friendly marking paint—the kind that's used on sports fields—rather than regular spray paint.
Sugar & Cloth got creative, combining the classic game of ring toss and kitschy lawn ornaments to stunning effect.
Pastel paints make this set from Design Love Fest the prettiest game of horseshoes I've ever seen.
If you've seen The Princess Diaries, you know exactly what this is (and if you haven't, then you don't have time for outdoor games, you have a movie to watch). Chelsea of My Good Morning filled balloons with paint, pinned them to a canvas, and started throwing darts to create colorful splatter art. What do you think the chances are I could get away with doing this in Central Park?
Here's another example of a game that's much more fun when you supersize it. Better Homes and Gardens gives old-school pickup sticks a challenging update by swapping out the sticks for painted wooden dowels that measure more than three feet long.