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3 Jul

11 DIY Outdoor Party Games

Got plans for 4th of July?

We heard this quite a bit this past week. And since we’re SMPCraft, as is often the case around a holiday, questions followed that mined us for solutions and ideas to decorate a deck, something to bring to a picnic in the park, give to a host throwing a barbecue, make for a beach party.

We offered some how-to tips and suggestions. But we also sent everyone off with a bigger idea: DIY OUTDOOR PARTY GAMES. Backyard, rooftop, park, beach games.

Several of these games can be put together in minutes with items most of us already have in our homes and enjoyed this weekend while others are a touch more involved. But remember, we have all summer to play!

1. DIY Giant Jenga Made By A Beautiful Mess

DIY Giant Jenga

1. DIY Giant Jenga

2. DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss Made By Landeelu: There’s nothing like that first sip of a hard earned bottle of beer!

DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss

2. DIY Beer or Soda Bottle Toss

3. DIY Ladder Money Bags Toss Made By Landeelu: Up the stakes. Make the levels monetary units of ridiculous sums. Top rung $1,000,000!

DIY Ladder Bean Bag Toss

3. DIY Ladder Bean Bag Toss

4. DIY Milk Crate Tug of War Via Women Daily Magazine: Try this on a full stomach. Not easy.

Tug of War

4. DIY Tug of War

5. DIY Recycled Bottle Bowling Made By Moonfrye: You can also use black or blue masking tape in place of the paint to cut the prep time in half!


5. DIY Recycled Bottle Bowling

6. DIY Tin Can Toss Via Inhabitots: Yes We Can recycle and repurpose!

6. DIY Tin Can Toss

7a. DIY Cornhole Toss Built By Prepare to get a workout playing this addicting game and waking up the next morning in need of an arm massage.

Corn Hole Toss

7a. DIY Cornhole Toss

7b. Here’s another version by Brit + Co that uses canvas and cardboard!

DIY canvas and cardboard Cornhole game

7b. DIY Cornhole Board Version 2

8. Giant Outdoor Chess Found on The DIY Network: We can see this game being a huge hit at a fancy dress-up Black & White themed summer cocktail party! Alternative to grass for those in regions experiencing drought: astroturf!

8. Giant Outdoor Chess

9. DIY Lawn Scrabble Made By W. O. R. D.


9. DIY Giant Lawn Scrabble

10. DIY Lawn Checkers Made By Lilyshop using paint lids!

DIY Lawn Checkers Made with Paint Lids

10. DIY Lawn Checkers

11. DIY Dunk Bucket Made By The Happy Housewife: Brilliant.


11. DIY Dunk Bucket

Happy 4th of July! Happy Summer!

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1 Jul

Project of the Month: Pinwheel Bouquet

Happy July!

To us at SMP Craft, July means barbecues with friends, family picnics, and just enjoying the great outdoors. Of course, when eating outdoors don’t forget to spruce up that shabby picnic table. It just so happens we have the perfect table centerpiece for your outdoor dining: a pinwheel bouquet displayed in an outdoorsy-chic mason jar.

IMG_0929We found this craft on Tiny Painter and thought it was perfect for our project of the month. We made ours to decorate the office once we realized SMP Craft HQ was a bit unpatriotic. What better way to show USA pride for the 4th of July—and the World Cup!—than this lovely display of red, white, and blue? But these pinwheel bouquets can decorate for any occasion. Try some black with silver and gold accents for a graduation party or some nautical blues and yellows for an easy beach house decoration!

The pinwheels were pretty easy and fast to make. There were four of us and we made 8 pinwheels in under 30 minutes.

Supplies needed:
* Square sheets of paper (6 in. x 6 in. is ideal; pick the patterns to match your personality!)
* Scissors
* Hot glue gun (and additional glue sticks if needed)
* Buttons, coins, or any other decoration for the middle of the pinwheel
* Sticks (we used wood skewers)
* Mason jar
* Pebbles or sand (anything to put in the mason jar to hold the pinwheels up)


1. Cut the paper from the corner towards the center (stop approximately 1/2 inch from the center). Repeat for all 4 corners.


2. Fold one side of one triangle to the center and glue it down. Repeat on all 4 triangles but make sure you’re using the same side for each.


3. Pick a cute matching button or a coin – or anything else you can think of – and glue it to the center where the four “triangle” corners meet.


4. Flip over your pinwheel and glue your stick to the back.


5. Fill a mason jar with pebbles or sand and stick in the pinwheels. Voila! A beautiful and centerpiece for any occasion.


*Note: These are not functional pinwheels; they are purely decoration.*


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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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