Get Your Outdoor Space Game Day Ready

‘Tis the season for cheering on your team and in beautiful fall fashion – we’re doing it all outside! We’ve put together a few family-friendly ideas that we think you’ll enjoy.

Light the Field

Now that it’s damper and cooler, be sure to clear your steps and pathways of leaves and other debris. Adding some quick and easy lighting is fun, and a safer way to enjoy our outdoor spaces at dusk.

– Reuse your holiday string lighting on railings and posts

– Pick up these incredibly easy peel n’ stick solar lights

– Tin Can Lanterns: Some recycled food cans, spray paint (team colors of course), a nail and a hammer, and a few affordable tea lights – is all you need. Hang these with a piece of coat hanger or twine.







Build your ‘Grandstands’

  1. If your household happens to have planks, logs, bricks and/or pavers lying around from past projects, you have all you need to create a few simple DIY benches.
  1. General Shale also has a simple garden bench available. This kit project requires beginner-level DIY skills.
  1. If your crafting skills are limited to a glue gun, fear not – here’s the perfect Saturday project for you. Cut cardboard circles smaller than your log end. Create a padded stool top by wrapping fabric around old pillow stuffing. Gather the fabric around the cardboard circle and glue it securely. Once dry, glue the padded top to your log!
  1. For an even easier stool, simply use outdoor paint to create colorful log stools in your team colors!
  1. Of course, the easiest DIY seat is BYOC – bring your own chair people!


Do Some Warm-ups! 

You may know that General Shale has a selection of DIY outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. These are a great choice for a permanent focal point in your outdoor space.

We thought we’d share a portable outdoor option that you could bring out seasonally, or even move around depending on your entertainment needs! The Napolean Patioflame® with Logs can be used with a propane cylinder tank and has logs, rocks or colored glass media options.

Of course, everyone loves to have toasty fingers. These homemade mitten warmers filled with rice or lentils will stay warm for an hour (once microwaved).


Fuel Up!

The hardest part of our job this week was choosing which football-shaped food items to include in our story. Here are just a few of the creative ideas we found.


Get in the Game!


Here are two easy, DIY games that you can build. These are great ways to keep kids occupied and the grown ups active!



Since we’re all about DIYing it this week, let’s not forget this old school trick: the white sheet projector screen. Here’s how to make a projector screen for less than $10.

For something perhaps more refined to catch those replays on, here’s a well-priced option from – an outdoor screen for under $200.

And, if you need a projector for home (because no one would ‘borrow’ the office one) here are the Best Home Projectors of 2016 according to


Have a safe and fun football season everyone!