5 DIY Tailgate Party Ideas
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What makes these DIY tailgate party ideas different?

They’re doable, even if you’re not the do-it-yourself type…

So, if you ever owned a tip calculator…

Or bought a self-cleaning oven (even though you don’t remember the last time you used your oven)…

Then you’re that type. And if you’re that type and you need to save money on your tailgate party, then these tailgating tips are for you. Because unlike a lot of do it yourself projects, these…

Best DIY tailgate party tips...
  • Are relatively quick (from a few minutes to a few hours)

  • Don’t require anything harder than some basic painting or sewing

  • Don’t need pages & pages of complicated instructions


You’re not Bob Vila…

And you don’t have to be. Because this is not about doing it yourself just so you can say you did it. It’s also not about the “rewarding” or “satisfying” feeling that many DIYers claim to feel. Nope. The reward and satisfaction will come from saving cash with these…


DIY tailgate party ideas that are really easy

(In order of difficulty, easiest first)


Not the best DIY tailgate party idea...
Ice Hawk 5005:
“only” $118
Quick chill.   There’s nothing worse than a tailgate party with warm beer, but that doesn’t mean you should spend $118 to keep your brew cold on something like this  →

Not when a plastic trash can do the job. That’s right - that, and some ice and water is all you need to “flash” chill your beverages in just minutes:



And then keep them cold for hours, because ice + water maintains a low temperature 4 hours longer than ice alone.

If you want something that takes up less space than a 10-gallon trash can and is more functional, for $54 you can get the Flip Box, a collapsible, lightweight (just 3 lbs.), insulated cooler which you can also use in conjunction with this.

Flip Box: DIY tailgate party ideas


Homemade hangover prevention.   Stop wasting money on store-bought hangover remedies. Drinking robs your body of electrolytes, and pickle juice is loaded with it. This may sound like the stuff of urban legends, but it actually works.

DIY Tailgate Party Ideas: Homemade Hangover Cure

It's also natural, free (any deli would gladly let you take it off their hands), and as an added benefit, it effectively eliminates that slightly nasty aftertaste that even the finest liquors tend to have. While I can only vouch for this as a hangover preventative, Dr. Oz recommends it as a cure.


Turn your grill into a smoker.   Unless you've been living in a cave you probably realize that a tailgate party with just burgers & hot dogs is so yesterday. Smoking, baby, is where it's at - smoking meats, that is. They can be expensive, however… But tin pans and wood chips are not, and that's all you really need to turn your ordinary grill into a smoker. So who needs a $300 Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker anyway?

  • Soak the wood chips for several hours so that they don't burn. The chips should be the cooking type such as mesquite, oak, or hickory - not scented wood.

  • For kettle-style charcoal grills (this will only work with a cover), just add the chips to the charcoal prior to cooking. Add more as needed.

  • Divide into 2 sections: one for the coals & chips, one for meat & pans. Why? When slow cooking, the meat should always be placed away from the heat source, and the pans will catch the drippings and prevent flare ups.

  • Using the grill vents, keep the temperature between 280 & 320°F. You can direct the smoke towards the food by positioning the lid vent over it.

  • For gas grills, put the chips in a pan over the burner or just wrap them in foil (punch holes to vent).


Brew beer at home.   Homemade beer is cheaper in the long run, is better tasting, & rewarding (hmm… there goes that word again). But I’m not talking about brewing beer from scratch, which will require considerable initial cost, effort, & practice. I’m talking about easy-to-use-right-out-of-the-box home brew kits.


Build your own cornhole set.   The best DIY tailgate party ideas utilize common household stuff. In addition to scissors, glue, thread, needle, & wood cutting tools, you'll need a wood board, paint, fabric (duck-cloth), & dried corn feed.

This will take a bit of work but it's very doable, and you'll save a hundred bucks.

For an easy guide on how to make your own custom cornhole set, visit cornholehowto.com.

For cornhole bags, a do it yourself bag kit for just $6.75 - all you have to do is sew. Pre-stitched bags are $8.50. These go for 20-30 bucks at Walmart or eBay.


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