Happy Monday everyone! It’s tough to start the work week especially if your a Cyclone fan like me. We may have lost the big rivalry game but I’ve got an up-cycle project for all you fellow tailgaters! I’m sure you have plenty of leftover beer bottles from Saturday’s festivities so here’s a fun way to re-purpose them.
Step One: Clean
Soak the beer bottles in soapy hot water to remove any labels and leftover residue. Allow the bottles to air dry.
Step Two: Glue
Lay down a few pieces of newspaper on a table to catch anything that may fall. Using rubber cement apply a thin coat of glue to the outside of the bottle. You will only be able to do one bottle at a time, because the glue will dry quickly. I decided to only cover half of the bottle, but you can cover the whole area if you want to.
Step Three: Glitter
Before the glue dries quickly shake on the glitter. You may need to press down lightly on the glitter with your hand to ensure it sticks and holds to the glue securely. After the glitter is applied let the bottle sit for a few minutes and then twist it slowly to shake loose any glitter that won’t hold. Fill in any bare patches with just a little glue and more glitter. Once the bottle is complete covered with glitter, spray it with a clear coat to seal and protect it. Allow the bottle to completely dry.
Step Four: Decorate
Add a flower to finish the look! I used a single rose for each bottle and trimmed them down to fit. Now they are ready to be displayed!
Hooray for Thursday! This week has been all about the big Iowa vs. Iowa State game and I can’t wait to tailgate on Saturday. My hubby and I will be cheering on our alumni team IOWA STATE!! GO CYCLONES :) All the excitement surrounding the game got me thinking about tailgating in general and all the fun we have. Everyone is expected to bring at least a little something to pitch in, so if your not sure what to bring this year here’s a DIY project that’s guaranteed to make you the life of the party!
Step One: Locate
We used 2×6 chunks of wood for our corn toss platform. You will need 1″ wide pieces of plywood to secure the 2×6’s together and 1″ wide pieces of wood for trim pieces. You will also need 2×2 chunks of wood to use as legs to support the platforms.
Step Two: Cut
Using a circular saw, cut (4) 2×6’s to 42″ in length. Cut 2 pieces of trim wood to 43&1/2″ and 2 more to 24″”. Then cut 1″ strips of plywood to tie together all the 2×6’s. Cut the 2×2 leg pieces to 10&1/2″. These measurements are based off the size of game board my husband wanted to make, but you can find the official playing size anywhere on the internet.
Step Three: Assemble
Line up the (4) 2×6’s making sure they are flush with each other on the top and bottom. You will want the back side of the boards facing up. Using 1″ pieces of plywood screw the boards firmly in place. As pictured below Ryan cut the plywood pieces and spaced them evenly down the length of the 2×6’s to ensure they are securely fastened together.
Step Four: Trim
Take the 43&1/2″ trim pieces and attach them to the sides of each platform. Then take the 24″ trim pieces and attach them to the top and bottom. This will not only help you achieve the width and length for the corn toss game, it also adds a decorative element which makes it look nice!
Step Five: Measure
Measure 12″ down from the top of the corn toss platform you’ve just created and mark it. Then measure from the side to the center of the platform and make another mark. The lines should intersect and this will give you a center point for drilling the hole.
Step Six: Drill
The hole needs to measure 6″ in diameter. Ryan used a 6″ hole saw to ensure a perfectly round hole.
Step Seven: Attach Legs
Take the 2×2″ leg pieces and attach them to the board by using a triangle hinge. After both legs are attached then cut a 2×4″ piece of wood to place in between the legs to ensure more stability. Screw in the 2×4″ and make sure the board sits how you want it to. You can also cut the legs down after they are attached if you want less of an angle on the board.
Step Eight: Stain
To save you time and money I would recommend selecting a stain that is 2-in-1, meaning it has polyurethane in it. You will need a paintbrush to apply the stain and a few cotton rags to wipe off the excess. We decided to go with a gray stain that we had left over and applied two coats. Allow time for the stain to dry between each coat and follow the directions on the back of the can. Once the platforms are completely dry, all you need to finish this project is to purchase some bags to toss with. Now it’s game on!