- 56 Best Plastic Bottle Craft Ideas for Kids
- Easy Recycled Bottles Arts & Crafts
- 1. Rocket Piggy Bank
- 2. Halloween Milk Jug Ghosts
- 3. Plastic Water Bottle Flowers
- 4. Rainbow Bubble Snakes
- 5. Bottle Penguins
- 6. Milk Jug Toss
- 7. Soda Bottle Flower Prints
- 8. Rocket Fueled Jet Pack
- 9. Fish Made From Plastic Bottle
- 10. Soda Bottle Cherry Blossom Tree
- 11. Milk Jug Fairytales
- 12. Turkey Made Recycled Milk Jug
- 13. Milk Bottle Elephant
- 14. Simple Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
- 15. Friendly Face Bottle Planter
- 16. Spinning Tops Made From Plastic Bottle Caps
- 17. Bowling For Bottles
- 18. Glow In The Dark Bedtime Bottle
- Glow in The Dark Crafts
- 1. Glow stick lanterns
- 2. Glow in the dark jellyfish
- 3. Non-toxic glow in the dark glitter jars
- 4. Glow in the dark bubbles
- 5. Neon glitter and paint black light art
- 6. Mini Monster jars
- 7. Glow paint lantern
- 8. Glow in the dark sand
- 9. Black light jello
- 10. Glow in the dark slime
- 11. DIY glowing bouncy balls
- 12. Glowing rock eyeballs
- 13. Glowing neon play rice
- 14. Glow in the dark water balloons
- 15. Glowing rainbow water beads
- 25 Spectacular Light Up Night Time Crafts For Kids
- 45 DIY Fun Summer Projects to do with your Kids
- 1. Paper Dream Catchers
- 2. DIY Mermaid Tail
- 3. Paper Lantern
- 4. Flower Prints using Bottle
- 5. Egg Carton Boats
- 6. Bubble Painting
- 7. Button Ring
- 8. Sunflower Marshmallow Pops
- 9. Summer Skies Jello Snack
- 10. Newspaper Forts
- 11. Lemonade Stand
- 12. Glow in the Dark Jellyfish
- 13. Frog Baseball Hat
- 14. Grass Heads
- 15. Glitter Sunglasses
- 16. Helicopter Made from Plastic Bottle
- 17. Melted Crayon Art
- 18. Bird Feeder
- 19. Cars’ Cookies
- 20. Activity Play Mat
- 21. Spoon or Cap Bugs
- 22. DIY Kaleidoscope
- 23. Rainbow Yarn Picture
- 24. Paper Kite
- 25. Superhero Capes
- 26. DIY Glitter Slime
- 27. Painted Kid’s Umbrella
- 28. Turtle Herb Planters
- 29. Shadow Puppet Theater
- 30. Homemade Street Chalk Paint
- 31. Sandpaper T-shirt
- 32. Rainbow Bubble Snakes
- 33. DIY Wind Chime
- 34. Lego Soap
- 35. DIY Lava Lamp
- 36. Finger Paint
- 37. DIY Hula Hoop
- 38. DIY Jumping Rope
- 39. Glowing DIY Fireflies
- 40. Firework Painting
- 41. Friendship Bracelets
- 42. Butterfly Magnets
- 43. Monogram Mug
- 44. Bookshelf Dollhouse
- 45. Outdoor Music Station
- 25 DIY Backyard Party Games for the Best Summer Party Ever
- Best DIY Yard Games for Your Outdoor Summer Party
- 1. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game
- 2. DIY Backyard Party Games: Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
- 3. Classic DIY Yard Game: DIY Painted Potato Sacks
- 4. DIY Giant Backyard Game: Ker Plunk
- 5. DIY Giant Lawn Dominoes
- 6. DIY Kubb Game for Outdoor Parties
- 7. Make a Hula Hoop Croquet Yard Game
- 8. DIY Backyard Mini Golf
- 9. Make a PVC Pipe Ring Toss Game
- 10. Water Gun Targets for DIY Backyard Party Games
- 11. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss Game
- 12. DIY Backyard Giant Jenga Game
- 13. Giant Paper Airplanes
- 14. DIY Backyard Party Games: Lawn Twister
- 15. Pool Noodle Racket Game
- 16. Simple Cardboard Ring Toss Game
- 17. Water Balloon Toss Backyard Party Game
- 18. Homemade Balloon Paddles
- 19. DIY Water Gun Ping Pong Target Game
- 20. DIY Pool Noodle Targets
- 21. DIY Backyard Slingshot and Angry Birds Game
- 22. Backyard Pool Noodle Gladiator Competition
- 23. Make a Backyard Bubble Station
- 24. DIY Ping Pong Tic Tac Toe Game
- 25. Water Balloon Baseball
- More Backyard Games
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- 40 Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids – Fun DIY Halloween Decorations for Kids to Make
56 Best Plastic Bottle Craft Ideas for Kids
Only one every six water bottles ends up in the recycling bin, the rest are sent to landfills or contribute to devastating ocean pollution. You can help lessen the burden on the planet and save marine and land animals by recycling, reusing and reducing your overall consumption of plastic.
Here are the best of the best plastic bottle craft ideas for kids of all ages. We have split up the list into 3 categories: easy, moderately difficult and most challenging. We promise you don’t need an advanced degree in crafting to accomplish any of the awesome ideas you see on this list.
Easy Recycled Bottles Arts & Crafts
These projects require few materials besides plastic bottles and minimal help from adults, all while offering a whole lot of fun.
1. Rocket Piggy Bank
Teaching kids the power of saving money just got a lot more fun! All you need is an empty plastic milk bottle, scissors, scrap paper and a permanent marker.
2. Halloween Milk Jug Ghosts
This spooky craft is ideal for Halloween! All you need are decorative mini lights, empty milk jugs, rocks, a pencil, knife and sharpie marker.
3. Plastic Water Bottle Flowers
Believe it or not these glam flowers were once basic plastic water bottles. The end result looks great and even preschoolers can tackle this easy art project with a little assistance.
4. Rainbow Bubble Snakes
Get your kids outdoors blowing giant bubbles with this awesome and easy art project that’ll keep them busy for hours.
5. Bottle Penguins
Penguins are off-limits when it comes to pets, but this DIY recycled bottle activity allows your kids to create the impossible. All you need are a few basic art supplies paired with cotton balls and a recycled bottle.
6. Milk Jug Toss
Instead of going out and buying more toys, have your child make a toy they will enjoy playing with for hours. By simply attaching a pom pom or wiffle ball to a pre-cut milk jug your child can practice tossing and catching for hours.
7. Soda Bottle Flower Prints
Have you ever noticed that the bottom of a soda bottle is similar in shape to a pretty flower? Adding paint to the bottom of a soda bottle makes the perfect flower power stencil.
8. Rocket Fueled Jet Pack
Let your child jet off to an imaginary land where they are a superhuman with a real jetpack. It’s as simple as spray painting two large soda bottles and attaching felt to mimic flames.
9. Fish Made From Plastic Bottle
All forms of marine life are in grave danger due to plastic pollution in the ocean. Teach your kids the importance of preserving our oceans while creating this fish plastic.
10. Soda Bottle Cherry Blossom Tree
Teach your child the beauty of cherry blossom trees while partaking in this art project, which can later be hung on a wall in your home.
11. Milk Jug Fairytales
Plastic dollhouses and accessories put a burden on the planet that you can help to reduce by creating these fun dollhouses recycled milk jugs.
12. Turkey Made Recycled Milk Jug
All your child needs is some colorful construction paper and a large milk cartoon to create this colorful turkey, making a great project for Thanksgiving or any time of the year.
13. Milk Bottle Elephant
Everyone loves elephants, but we bet you never realized how easy it is to transform a used milk jug into one! All it takes is a simple snip with scissors paired with your child’s creativity.
14. Simple Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
Teach your child the joys of contributing to nature by building one of these chirp-worthy plastic bottle bird feeders.
15. Friendly Face Bottle Planter
There are other plastic bottle planters on this list, but this one includes a friendly face that younger children in particular will adore.
16. Spinning Tops Made From Plastic Bottle Caps
Playing spin the dreidel is a favorite Hanukkah pastime. These twirling tops allow your child to recreate the excitement from scratch.
17. Bowling For Bottles
Turn bowling into a creative and eco-friendly endeavor with this hands-on project turned favorite family pastime.
18. Glow In The Dark Bedtime Bottle
Have your child create a glow-in-the-dark nightlight exploding with sparkles and glowing stars. As you craft take the opportunity to talk to your child about the stars, solar system and how recycling helps preserve the beauty of everything from animals to the night sky
Glow in The Dark Crafts
We love crafting of any kind. We often make complicated things that have taken us years to perfect the techniques for, but sometimes our very favourite projects are the silly ones we do with our kids.
Few things are more rewarding than spending a fun afternoon with your little ones and seeing how their faces light up when you come up with something new and exciting for them to do.
Our latest awesome crafting trend to try with our kids is so cool even we can’t get enough of it. We’ve discovered the joy of glow in the dark crafts!
Check out these amazingly awesome glowing kids’ crafts that will have your kids squealing with creative glee and feeling they’re doing science all at once.
1. Glow stick lanterns
Did you know that you can make an awesomely coloured glowing lantern with just two things? We didn’t either, so imagine how excited we were when we discovered this mason jar glow lantern! Lil Blue Boo guides you through the simply steps of coating the entire jar with the glowing mixture and making sure it’s closed properly so things don’t get too messy.
2. Glow in the dark jellyfish
Working with glow sticks is always fun, but what if you had your heart set on something a little more crafty in terms of the creative skills it takes to make it? Then help your kids’ glow crafts be actual crafting time by making these awesome glowing jellyfish with them! Craftiments shows you how to make these from paper plates, yarn, ribbons, and glow paint.
3. Non-toxic glow in the dark glitter jars
When it comes to crafting, our policy is that glitter is always welcome and our kids completely agree. In our house, the more glitter, the better! With that in mind, we’re sure you can picture how excited our kids were when we combined glitter with glow paint! Check out how these sparkly spotted glowing jars are made on The Connection We Share.
4. Glow in the dark bubbles
Growing a Jeweled Rose guides you through the awesomely fun process of creating bubbles that literally glow in the dark when you blow them. Even we were impressed! Bubble soap might not be something that you use with very small kids, but as long as your children are old enough to learn not to suck backwards through the straw and ingest the soap, this idea will be a big hit!
5. Neon glitter and paint black light art
Did you the idea of working with glow paint and glitter but you think your kids would to get a little more hands-on and messy than just pouring these things into a jar and shaking them around? Well, we certainly don’t blame them! Instead, check out how Babble Dabble Do mixed glitter and glow paint and let their kids get a little bit Picasso on some canvas before turning the lights off and getting their glow on.
6. Mini Monster jars
Perhaps you very much enjoyed the glow jar concept but you know your kids prefer little novelty things the most? Then combine that idea with making these hilarious little monster characters that sit on top of the little glowing jar. Estefi Machado guides you through the process of making both the glowing solution and the funny little characters to go with it.
7. Glow paint lantern
Have you ever seen a craft that glows so well it could almost light up the night? Well, we hadn’t either until we came across this fun glowing lantern idea by Kiwi Crate! Okay, so we know you won’t actually be able to light your way very well with a jar of paint, but this funny idea is made with a quality glow paint recipe that gives enough of an aura to amuse your kids and make them feel they’re headed on an adventure.
8. Glow in the dark sand
When we started making glow in the dark themed crafts with our kids, the part we found perhaps the most amazing was how many craft ideas we’d already done could be re-done and still amuse our kids to the max.
This glowing sand table idea from Growing a Jeweled Rose is the perfect example of what we mean.
Sure, we might have made a fun sand table with our kids years ago that they use all the time, but this one was still extra exciting for them because this time… the sand glows! They felt they were getting a whole new experience.
9. Black light jello
Do your DIY skills actually lie primarily in cooking, baking, and food-based things rather than actual hands-on crafting? Fear not; you can still totally get in on the glow in the dark kick without having your kids miss out! Mom Advice teaches you how to make a kid-friendly glow in the dark Jello dessert that actually glows even though it’s completely edible and non-toxic.
10. Glow in the dark slime
You read that right- slime. Just in case you aren’t always up on the latest in kids’ trends and DIY obsessions, craft stores everywhere have been selling the ingredients for “slime” lately and, personally, we think it’s completely awesome.
Besides getting to be part of an awesome DIY process, making slime gives your kids something to play with even after you’re done making it! A Pumpkin and A Princess shows you how to make a glow in the dark version of the popular craft (because everything’s better when it glows).
11. DIY glowing bouncy balls
If you’ve never made DIY bouncy balls at home, then you’ve been missing out! The homemade kind might not bounce quite as high and fast as the classic “super balls” that come gumball machines, but that just makes them a little safer to play with in the house. Instead of making them plain, however, we’d suggest following this tutorial on Growing a Jeweled Rose to make swirling glow in the dark ones instead!
12. Glowing rock eyeballs
Within your kids’ new obsession with glow in the dark crafts, have they also developed a small preoccupation with the thrill of things that are just a little bit spooky, even if it’s not Halloween right now? Then this painting craft is perfect for them! Redted Art guides you through the process of choosing some fun shaped rocks, covering them with glow paint, and adding circles and lines with markers so that they look veiny, spooky glowing eyeballs when you turn off the lights!
13. Glowing neon play rice
Did you love the idea of making your kids a play table that will amuse them for hours and incorporating that into your glow in the dark DIY time but you don’t have sand right now or you’d prefer not to have sand in the house? Then try making them glow rice instead! They’ll be able to dig and fill buckets just with the sand. Growing a Jeweled Rose shows you how to colour some of the grains so that when you turn a black light on the ride, everything glows different shades.
14. Glow in the dark water balloons
Design Dazzle guides you through the process of making your very own glowing water balloons in a quick and easy way.
Simply slide skinny folded glow sticks inside the rubber balloons and then fill them up! The sticks are light enough that they won’t hurt anyone when the balloons burst in a water fight, but they make for extra fun on a hot summer’s night because, once you’ve thrown all the balloons at each other, your kids can play with the glow sticks in the dark to their heart’s content.
15. Glowing rainbow water beads
Water beads might not be as trendy now as they once were, but we’ve always loved the way they burst and dissolve in water. Of course, as with anything, we love them even more when they glow in the dark! Just in case you’ve never heard of beads that do this before, Growing a Jeweled Rose is here to show you how to make them yourself.
Do you know someone who loves glow in the dark things just as much as we do? Share this post with them for a little bit of unique crafting inspiration!
25 Spectacular Light Up Night Time Crafts For Kids
Kids love all things glow in the dark! The summer is a great time to test out these 25 super cool Light Up Night Time Crafts for Kids.
Light up the night this summer with these 25 Spectacular Light Up Night Time Crafts for Kids. There are so many awesome crafts perfect for kids of all ages. From sensory play to, bowling, painting and more! You are sure to find several crafts and activities your kids will love and enjoy!
Create a painting no other with this super cool Glow in the Dark Chalk Paint.
Via Paging Fun Mums
DIY Mason Jar Fairy Lights are surprisingly easy to make for the entertainment value they offer.
Via DIY Joy
Remember when you were a kid how magical it was when the summer sun finally set at the end of the day and the fireflies came out? Well, Light Up Firefly craft is super quick and easy and is sure to help your kids feel a little bit of that magic you felt as a kid.
Via Apartment Therapy
This DIY Glow in the Dark Flying Saucer would be an out-of-this-world craft activity for a martian-themed party.
Via Arts & Crackers
Blobs are just so cool! Now you can make your kids a blog that tops the cake. Checkout this super awesome DIY Glow in the Dark Blob and give it a shot with your kids!
Via Paging Fun Mums
Bring on the fun with this Night Time Glow in the Dark Bowling Activity. This game is definitely one you will want to give a try with kiddos of all ages!
Via Growing a Jeweled Rose
Take your next play date to the evening and engage the kids with this fun Glow in the Dark Bubbles craft.
Via Growing a Jeweled Rose
You can buy glow in the dark sand, but it is pretty pricey. Why not make it yourself? The process is fun and easy. This sand is great for sensory play, arts and crafts, magic melting sand play, and an array of other creative activities.
Via Growing a Jeweled Rose
Making Glowing Pasta Necklaces is pretty simple and can be used in all sorts of ways. Use it for arts and crafts, sensory play, sorting, counting, and more!
Via Growing a Jeweled Rose
Instead of making plain old rainbow rice why not make GLOWING rice and have the whole room aglow? Explore and play both ways or save the GLOWING aspect for an added element of fun here and there.
Via A Jeweled Rose
Keep the kids occupied for hours with this easy to make Glowing Firefly Craft. The kids will love soaring their bugs through the air both day and night.
Via View From the Fridge
Glow in the Dark Bath Paints! What? What an incredibly cool activity for the kids! Let them paint up the bathtub and then simply rinse it away when they are done!
Via Paging Fun Mums
Create your own sparkle with this incredibly neat DIY Glow in the Dark Glitter project.
Via Paging Fun Mums
Just before the sun is about to set, make a glow-in-the-dark game! No summer party is complete without something that glows in the dark! Make these extra-cool glow-in-the-dark Wiffle balls, perfect for warm summer nights!
Via She Knows
Jelly Fish are just so cool! Create your own DIY Glow in the Dark Jelly Fish craft by using a few upcycled/recycled products in your home.
Via Artsy Momma
This Light up Sign is so beautiful and creative. It would be a fantastic craft for mom and the kids to do together and then give as a gift or hang up in your own home.
These DIY Glow in the Dark Bouncy Balls are the bomb! I don’t know a kid who didn’t love bouncy balls, add the glowing feature and the kids are going to freak!
Via Growing a Jeweled Rose
Glowing playdough makes for a fun twist on all those fine motor skills – cutting. Practice cutting a glowing night star!
Via Fun at Home with Kids
These fabulous Glow in the Dark Pumpkins make a fabulous end of the summer – beginning fall craft for both mom and the kids.
Via I Love to Create
The only thing that could possibly make ring toss more fun is doing it in the dark with glow sticks. So cool! Have fun!
Slime, Gak, Silly Putty – whatever you call it this Glow in the Dark Slime is super cool! The kids love feeling it squish between their fingers. Turn off the lights and watch how it glows!
Via A Pumpkin & A Princess
What’s wonderful about these Story Book Lanterns is the potential for numerous interpretations. This craft project is perfect for kids of all ages. You can assist the younger kids in assembling their story book lanterns or along the older kids to create on their own!
Via My Little Bookcase
Twister is a classic party game. Now imagine playing a glow in the dark version of Twister. How cool is that?! It is a great way to light up the night and to get a party wound up.
Via Hub Pages
Are you ready for the be all-end all of outdoor entertainment after dark? A water balloon fight in the dark with glow in the dark water balloon fight sounds epic! Check out this activity and let the fun begin!
Via The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Kids love making and playing with this glowing campfire craft! It’s super easy to make and perfect for summer, fire safety week, summer camp, or for imaginative play!
Via Buggy and Buddy
45 DIY Fun Summer Projects to do with your Kids
Summer is almost upon us! School is down to its last weeks and kids will soon rejoice their summer freedom. If your kids are anything mine they start getting bored pretty quickly as the novelty of Summer wears off. Keep them busy with these amazing and super easy DIY projects. Not only you get to have quality time with them, but they will learn and have a great time.
Even if you plan for a “staycation” this Summer these DIY ideas will surely keep them entertained.
1. Paper Dream Catchers
Let these paper dream catchers provide kids wonderful dreams for a good night sleep. Click here on how to make one.
2. DIY Mermaid Tail
Make your girls feel their favorite Disney princess, Ariel (The Little Mermaid) with this DIY mermaid tail. Click here for tutorial.
3. Paper Lantern
Add a splash of color to your children’s room with this rainbow paper lantern. Click here for details.
4. Flower Prints using Bottle
Kids love to get messy. Put those messy hands into something creative creating flower prints using a bottle cap. Click here to know how.
5. Egg Carton Boats
Sail away with this quick egg carton boat during a pool day. Click here for details.
6. Bubble Painting
Along with playing, your kids could also print bubbles. Know how in here.
7. Button Ring
Girls love jewelries and you can add some more to her collection with these button rings. Click here for tutorial.
8. Sunflower Marshmallow Pops
These Sunflower Marshmallow Pops are so good-looking, you may have to think twice about eating it. Click here to create your own sweet treats.
9. Summer Skies Jello Snack
Beat the heat with this sweet treat – a mix of Jell-O and whipped cream. Click here to make one.
10. Newspaper Forts
Help your kids’ make their own hideaway from newspaper. Click here for tutorial.
11. Lemonade Stand
Let your kids earn some money this summer through selling lemonade. Click here to create a stand for the kids.
12. Glow in the Dark Jellyfish
This glow-in-the-dark jellyfish is a perfect decor in your kids’ room. Click here to make one.
13. Frog Baseball Hat
Play baseball with this DIY frog hat that is easy to make. Click here for details.
14. Grass Heads
Your kids will never get enough of these crafty grass heads. Click here on how to make one.
15. Glitter Sunglasses
Turn those dull sunglasses into something glamour that your kids would love. Click here for details.
16. Helicopter Made from Plastic Bottle
Made from recycled materials, this craft is definitely a winner to your kids. Click here for details.
17. Melted Crayon Art
Let your kids make their first masterpiece with melted crayon. Click here on how to do it.
18. Bird Feeder
Get your kids up close with birds with this super easy bird feeder. Click here for details.
19. Cars’ Cookies
Is your kid fond of Disney’s Cars? Then, your child will love Lighting McQueen, Sally and Mater in cookies. Click here for the recipe.
20. Activity Play Mat
With a bit of creativity and recycled materials, you can create an attractive activity play mat to keep your kids occupied for the season. Click here to make one.
21. Spoon or Cap Bugs
Make those unused caps and spoons into something your kids will surely appreciate. Click here for details.
22. DIY Kaleidoscope
An inexpensive craft for your kids to enjoy the world of science. Click here to make your own.
23. Rainbow Yarn Picture
Playing with yarn gives you a 3D picture that your kids will surely adore. Click here for details.
24. Paper Kite
The traditional paper kite is a great way to bond with your kids. Click here on how to make one.
25. Superhero Capes
Superhero capes will make your kids feel they can save the world their favorite superheroes. Click here for tutorial.
26. DIY Glitter Slime
Your kids surely enjoy making various shapes from this DIY glitter slime. Click here for the tutorial.
27. Painted Kid’s Umbrella
Protect your kids from summer rain with an animated umbrella. Click here on how to make one.
28. Turtle Herb Planters
Let your kid discover his green thumb with this turtle herb planters. Click here on how to make one.
29. Shadow Puppet Theater
Your kids will enjoy this shadow puppet theater and it is very easy to set up. Click here on how.
30. Homemade Street Chalk Paint
Let your children color your pathways with this homemade chalk paint. Don’t worry because you can easily wash them away. Click here for details.
31. Sandpaper T-shirt
T-shirt printing made easy. Click here for tutorial.
32. Rainbow Bubble Snakes
Fill your summer with snake bubbles with this project. Click here for details.
33. DIY Wind Chime
Let your young artists create a beautiful and relaxing wind chime. Click here for details.
34. Lego Soap
Lego soap is something you haven’t tried before. Fun and useful your kids will love taking a bath. Click here for details.
35. DIY Lava Lamp
Spice up the summer with this easy-to-make DIY lava lamp. Click here for tutorial.
36. Finger Paint
Let your kids experiment with paint using their hands. Click here for the recipe.
37. DIY Hula Hoop
Sweat it out with your kids using this DIY hula hoop. Click here for tutorial.
38. DIY Jumping Rope
Recycle those marker caps and make them a colorful jumping rope. Click here on how to make one.
39. Glowing DIY Fireflies
Summer will never be complete without fireflies. You can make your own glowing DIY fireflies your kids can play with. Click here for details.
40. Firework Painting
Enhance your child’s creativity using pipe cleaners for a perfect firework. Click here for tutorial.
41. Friendship Bracelets
This versatile and easy craft is something that could keep your kids busy this summer. Click here on how to make one.
42. Butterfly Magnets
With little supervision from adults, kids can make this DIY project in few minutes. Click here on how to do it.
43. Monogram Mug
Put personal touch to your mug using monograms. Click here for tutorial.
44. Bookshelf Dollhouse
If a dollhouse is budget, then no worries because you can make an old bookshelf to a wonderful dollhouse. Click here for details.
45. Outdoor Music Station
Turn those kitchen utensils into something fun – an outdoor music station. Click here on how to do it.
25 DIY Backyard Party Games for the Best Summer Party Ever
Awesome summer parties need awesome outdoor games and entertainment We can’t wait to show you these amazing DIY backyard party games that will guarantee the best Summer party ever!
Hello friends! The weather’s heating up and we’re ready to start planning for 4th of July celebrations, summer birthday parties, and family reunions. You can create these DIY yard games for any outdoor summer party in your own backyard.
Related: 13 Fun Yard Games for Families
Best DIY Yard Games for Your Outdoor Summer Party
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1. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game
Colorful pots and bright flamingos are as eye-catching as they are fun with this easy DIY flamingo ring toss game from Sugar and Cloth. This game is perfect for tropical summer themes and simple backyard bar-b-cues.
2. DIY Backyard Party Games: Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
I can’t catch a frisbee to save my life, but this simple giant tic-tac-toe frisbee game from One Creative Mommy looks something anybody can do. This backyard party game is quick and easy to put together and fun for all ages.
3. Classic DIY Yard Game: DIY Painted Potato Sacks
Does anybody still do potato sack races? If you haven’t done this in a while, put it on your list of things to do at your next party.
It’s definitely fun for kids, even more fun for adults who can barely fit into the little sacks and awkwardly hop across the yard, but the most fun is for the spectators who get to watch the spectacle in front of them.
Design Improvised shows how some simple hand-painted treatments can add a little style to the potato sacks.
4. DIY Giant Backyard Game: Ker Plunk
This is a giant yard game version of the table top Ker Plunk game you might have in your game cabinet. Check out All Parenting for details on how to make this fun game for your outdoor party.
5. DIY Giant Lawn Dominoes
My kids just learned how to play the “real” dominoes game (as opposed to the activity that involves lining them up in intricate patterns and then knocking them down) while we were visiting Old Salem.
I was actually surprised at how much they enjoyed playing the game version and I think this giant yard game version of Dominoes would go over really well at an outdoor party since it’s something that is fun for adults and kids.
You can visit Dream a Little Bigger to see how this set was made.
6. DIY Kubb Game for Outdoor Parties
I have to admit, I’ve never heard of this game before. But, it says it’s the best lawn game ever.
And, after reading the description on Let’s Get Together, I am seriously intrigued and feel the need to make this set right now and get a game going in our cul-de-sac just to see if it can live up to it’s claim.
Check the tutorial to see what you need to make your own game, plus a video on how to play. There is a set for sale on Amazon as well if you don’t want to bother with the wood-cutting (spelled Kubb if you want to search for it).
7. Make a Hula Hoop Croquet Yard Game
Croquet is a fine yard game in and of itself, but I love this hula hoop version from The Crafting Chicks which makes the game a little more kid-friendly. Grab some hula hoops and rubber balls from the Dollar Store and you’re all set.
8. DIY Backyard Mini Golf
You have to check out all of the parts of this DIY backyard mini golf course from A Small Snippet. With a little bit of cheap indoor-outdoor carpeting a lot of creativity, you can make a totally fun mini golf course for your next backyard party.
9. Make a PVC Pipe Ring Toss Game
Ring toss is a classic carnival game and is a fun game to set up in your own backyard. This DIY ring toss game from Sowdering About is made from PVC pipe, so you’ll be able to keep it around for years of fun.
10. Water Gun Targets for DIY Backyard Party Games
Water games are a must for summer parties. I love this take on an old carnival game from All For the Boys. If you make a few of the target cups, you can have several people competing at once. The goal is to see who can fill up their cup the fastest!
11. Glow in the Dark Ring Toss Game
If you’re party is going to go late this summer, be sure to check out this awesome glow-in-the-dark ring toss game from A Pumpkin and a Princess.
12. DIY Backyard Giant Jenga Game
Jenga is another one of those games that can easily be scaled up for an outdoor party game. Just don’t stack it above your head! You can view the tutorial here.
13. Giant Paper Airplanes
Paper airplanes are easy, inexpensive, and so much fun. Scale up with some poster board and you’ve got an exciting outdoor activity for guests of all ages! Fireflies and Mudpies shares their version.
14. DIY Backyard Party Games: Lawn Twister
Bring out the old classic Twister game, backyard style, with some spray paint! See Mama Told Me Blog for the Lawn Twister tutorial.
15. Pool Noodle Racket Game
Make your own paddles with this easy how-to from Ziggity Zoom! Kids and adults can bop around a rubber ball or a balloon with these DIY pool noodle rackets, or use them in the pool with a beach ball.
16. Simple Cardboard Ring Toss Game
I love these adorable painted cardboard rings from My Fab Land. See how to make a cardboard ring toss game here.
17. Water Balloon Toss Backyard Party Game
A Girl and A Glue Gun shares a fun and simple game you can make with repurposed milk jugs! Guess what happens if the water balloon breaks?! This is a must-have game for the kids at your summer BBQs.
18. Homemade Balloon Paddles
A few simple materials are all you need to make some foam paddles for balloon boppers! Crafting in the Rain has the details.
19. DIY Water Gun Ping Pong Target Game
Here’s another water squirter target game. This can be a one person game or make it a competition by setting up a few stands and seeing who can shoot down the most ping pong balls in a certain amount of time! See how it’s made at Planet of the Apels .
20. DIY Pool Noodle Targets
I am amazed at all of the amazing things people come with to do with pool noodles! The Joys of Boys shares how to make this fabulous target stand. You can incorporate a stand this in a variety of backyard games: use it with for throwing pool noodles or for football throwing, or get creative and see what else you can come up with!
21. DIY Backyard Slingshot and Angry Birds Game
Check out this awesome DIY slingshot made with PVC pipes from Keeping it Simple Crafts! Guests will have loads of fun knocking down cans or boxes, Angry Birds-style!
22. Backyard Pool Noodle Gladiator Competition
This is a super-fun game for the young ones, or those who are young at heart (i.e. not for anyone who might fall and break a hip). If you don’t have stumps, you can use step stools, buckets, milk crates, etc.
I’m not sure what they’re using in this photo, but I think the best bet to minimize injuries is to go with foam pool noodles.
You can even turn them into swords with these sword handle connecters! Whoever knocks the other person off first wins!
23. Make a Backyard Bubble Station
A DIY bubble station this one from Kitchen fun With My 3 Sons will keep kids happy for hours! As long as they can keep filling those cups up they’ll be having a blast with their bubbles.
24. DIY Ping Pong Tic Tac Toe Game
Here’s another great way to make an outdoor tic tac toe board. Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls has the details on making your own DIY ping pong Tic Tac Toe game.
25. Water Balloon Baseball
Water balloon baseball is definitely a thing and is so much fun to play. For your next backyard party, fill up some water balloons with different amounts of water so that some will burst easily and some will just be bouncy.
Players won’t know which ones will burst on contact and which water balloons will make a great play! Your guests must be willing to get a little wet with this game so save it for the hottest of hot summer party days.
See Overstuffed Life for this game plus some tips on getting the kids to clean up the balloon pieces.
The great thing about DIY backyard party games is that you can make your games to fit your party’s colors and theme or your own personal style preferences.
Many of the games in this post can be made quickly and for very little money.
However, sometimes you just don’t have time or energy to make your own and still need something fun for guests of your backyard party. If that’s the case, keep reading for more ideas…
Also, check out our post on DIY Backyard Play Areas for more amazing backyard ideas.
More Backyard Games
Looking for more backyard game ideas? Here are our 4 of our top picks for the best yard games for families *that you can buy*. (These are affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you end up purchasing something.)
Best Low Activity Yard Game: Cornhole – This bean bag toss game is our pick for the best low-key game for your backyard BBQ.
Best Active Game: Spikeball – Super-fun, easy to learn, and will definitely get your heart rate up.
Best Budget Game: Kickball – wins for the best budget-friendly yard game for families. All you need is a simple rubber ball, and you can use some toss-down bases or make your own.
Best for Large Groups: Glow-In-The-Dark Capture the Flag – Lots of fun for large groups of up to 20 people.
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40 Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids – Fun DIY Halloween Decorations for Kids to Make
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As they paint over a “magical” sugar mixture, your kids will be shocked to see a unique design appear beneath it. Pro tip: Customize these invisible paintings with different designs for every holiday, and your kids will always have something fun to do.
Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.SHOP CARDSTOCK
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Monster Party Hats
“Spooky” and “scary” isn't for every kid. Try a brightly colored, more whimsical craft instead, these hilarious monster party hats.
Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
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Here's an impossibly easy craft for kids that you can display proudly—and not just because it was made by your little ones! Pick out a few complementary hues (the tutorial below has some excellent suggestions), then let your kids go to town painting the pumpkins.
Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.
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Paper Bag Monster Puppets
Another perfect option for the youngest children in your family, these comical paper puppets will have them laughing for days. The best part? You don't have to put them away once Halloween's over.
Get the tutorial at I Heart Crafty Things.
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Day of the Dead Pillows
This DIY sugar skull pillow may look too beautiful and sophisticated to be an easy kids craft, but we assure you, it is! The “face” is constructed almost entirely scraps of colorful felt. We suggest cutting out shapes for your kids (ages 8 and up will get the most this one), then letting them at the pillows with some fabric glue.
Get the tutorial at Club Crafted.
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DIY Silly Ghost Balloons
Who says ghosts have to be scary? These ones certainly aren't. Let your kids take turns drawing their own faces on the outside of the ghost “bodies” that drape over these balloons, or just take requests for different expressions: silly, worried, happy, and so on!
Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
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Duct Tape Pumpkins
Carving with little kids can sometimes be challenging, especially if you've got more than one running around. This year, try using festive duct tape instead! Googly eyes—affixed to the tape with craft glue—are the finishing touch.
Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.
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Yarn Wrapped Mummies
As long as kids are old enough to wrap yarn around cardboard or card stock, this craft might even become one of their favorites. You can even string together their finished masterpieces to create a cute garland.
Get the tutorial at I Heart Crafty Things.
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This fun, two-part DIY will delight your kids, and it can pull double duty as decor at your big Halloween bash. First, your kids can paint these mini pumpkins; next, they'll have fun dipping them in confetti (just so long as you've done the trickier glue work beforehand!).
Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
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Glow in the Dark Nail Polish
Not only can you and your kids mix together this nail polish (with proper supervision, of course!), but you can also take turns painting each other's nails. Two activities for the price of one makes this the ultimate bonding craft.
Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.
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Treat Box Haunted House
Paper treat boxes are the perfect base for kids to dream up and decorate their own haunted houses. Make a set and then display them on your mantel you would a Christmas village.
Get the tutorial at Lawn Fawn.
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Youngsters can celebrate Halloween all month long by wearing these clay pins, which are shaped with cookie cutters, on their backpack or clothes.
Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
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Festive Finger Puppets
These tiny trinkets are just the thing to keep your children occupied when grocery shopping or driving in the car.
Get the tutorial at One Creative Mommy.
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Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Kids will be entertained for hours with this Halloween-themed tic-tac-toe game they can make from scratch.
Get the tutorial at Made to be a Mom.
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Halloween Party Poppers
Let your kids customize the outside of these party poppers (which double as party decor and favors) after you've stuffed them with Halloween treats and candy.
Get the tutorial at Onion Rings and Things.
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Pumpkin Apple Stamps
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Candy Corn Party Hat
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Googly Eye Halloween Treat Bags
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Cotton Ball Ghost Craft
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Spider Cookie Sandwiches
The only thing better than a Halloween project is one you can eat! These cute cookie spiders are just the the thing to make together after school.
Get the tutorial at Positively Splendid.
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Leaf Ghost Craft
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Halloween Paper Lantern
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DIY Halloween Puzzle Craft
This easy project is a Halloween craft and game in one. Plus, this blogger shows you how to make them reversible.
Get the tutorial at Made Everyday.
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Youngsters will go batty for this fun and colorful pillow project, which they can proudly display during the month of October.
Get the tutorial at Made Everyday.
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Paper Plate Pumpkins
Watch your toddler's eyes light up when they see their very own jack-o'-lantern come to life from a mere paper plate and construction paper.
Get the tutorial at Housing a Forest.
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DIY Monster Bookmarks
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Halloween Clay Handprint Keepsake