When I get back to the house from a hot afternoon playing disc golf (and shooting +27 over *cough-cough*), I like to knock out a cold, delicious beer. But that beer doesn’t quite compare to the ones you can drink while actually playing an outdoor game.
Just yesterday over on DIY’s Blog Cabin blog, Mary announced the last of the Gimme Gimme Giveaways, an incredibly cool custom-built cornhole game set, designed and signed by Blog Cabin 2013 host Chris Grundy.
Post a comment on the thread (not below — you have to use this Gimme Gimme link) describing what you’d do first if you won Blog Cabin 2013 and that sweetie “corn toss” set (for you refined types who don’t love the official name of the sport) could be yours.
If you aren’t the lucky winner, however, we’ve got the how-to for building your own regulation cornhole game with specs straight from the American Cornhole Association (and yes, that is a real thing).
I used these plans to make my own cornhole boards that I may-or-may-not be able to show you because they may-or-may-not feature trademarked logos of my favorite sports team. Pro Tip: Once you’ve made the cuts and assembled the boards, give them two weeks to dry before you paint (due to the pressure-treated wood). See the photo gallery below for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own cornhole set.
Another game that lends itself to, well, to … consumption … is horseshoes. Of course, you’ll want to keep the toddlers wrangled when that beautiful clang! of horseshoe striking post fills the air, but this is the godfather of beer-in-hand games and brings that old-school feel to a backyard. Get your horseshoes instructions here.
New to the scene and getting more popular with every tailgate is ladder golf. Ages 2 to 92 are welcome at this party, and although it’s easy to turn loose of the bolos with your other hand gripping a long-neck, I’m just warning you now that there’s a nack to it.
Now, if you’re the type that wants to build 32 forms and pour concrete, do I have the game for you: patio chess. You may have to set that pint down for a sec when you execute your next move with these bad boys, but nothing looks more fun for the thinking imbiber.
Finally, spreading across beer gardens (like my favorite) and backyards faster than stomach flu on a playground (I can tell you all about that, too) is giant Jenga stacked wood blocks. Four (4) 2 x 4 x 16 pieces of wood (all cut to the same size, stacked in 23 levels) and a little sandpaper is all you need to have a spine-tingling outdoor game. You can paint the ends for a livelier look if you’re so inclined, or go au naturel like I did here.