a family staycation in your own backyard
Daytime games, nighttime camping, and a ton of great memories.
Four pieces 1”x 2.5”x 48” whitewood
One ¾”x 48” dowel
Drill with a ¾” spade bit
Ruler or measuring tape
4 yards of fabric (approx. 46” in width)
Tip: Try using scrap wood and old fabric pieces to avoid making a trip or spending money.
From the top of each piece of wood (4) measure 6” down and mark it with your pencil. Make sure each pencil marking is centered onto your wood.
Line up your marking with the spade bit and drill a hole through the wood. This should be done by adults only.
Repeat until you have 4 holes drilled.
Place 2 mouldings on top of each other so the holes are lined up.
Push dowel through the holes of the two mouldings. You might need to twist the dowel to get through both mouldings. It should be a tight fit. Repeat this step with the other two mouldings.
Spread the frame to the desired width.
Take the fabric and drape it over the center dowel. It should be even on both sides.
Line up the fabric with the side of the wood moulding and use the staple gun to staple all the way down. If the fabric is too wide you can fold the sides in before stapling. Repeat this step for all four sides.
DIY BUCKET + BEAN BAG TOSS
Colorful old socks
Bag of dry pinto beans
Craft paint in various colors
Circle sponge brush
Cup for paint
White spray paint
Galvanized bucket (or old large coffee can)
Fill each sock with dry beans (fill to halfway between the toe and the heel).
Knot the sock tightly. Make sure there is no opening for the beans to spill out.
Cut the top of the sock off. Make sure you leave enough so you can tighten if needed.
Spray paint the galvanized buckets. Make sure to paint the inside as well. Repeat until completely covered (about 2-3 coats). Allow to dry completely.
Pour colorful craft paint into a cup. Dip the circle sponge brush into the paint. Dab it onto a piece of paper before painting the bucket.
Apply the circles evenly all over the bucket. Allow to dry completely.
Download and print the points signs (or make your own). Cut just inside the grey dashed lines.
Turn the sign over and tape the wooden dowel to the back.
LAWN DICE GAMES
4x4 from lumber store (10’ in length)
Circle sponge brush
Foam sponge brush
Craft paint (in various colors)
Start by having your 4x4 wood cut into 3.5”x 3.5” cubes. The 4x4 wood is actually closer to 3.5.” It’s easiest to ask your local hardware store to cut it for you. Sand off any rough edges before you start painting.
With your foam brush, paint all 6 sides of your cube. Allow to dry
Fill the cup with the desired color for the dots. Use the circle foam brush to apply dots on each side, as on dice.
Once dice are dry, use sandpaper to sand the edges.