Labor Day is the ultimate holiday to sit back and relax with friends and family. With over 155 million men and women in the American workforce, we’d say it is much deserved. If you are having some friends over this Labor Day weekend, here are a few magnetic home hacks that you can use to make both your guests and you feel more comfortable.

Magnetic Scoreboard

First off, a great cookout is always well equipped with some fun and games. You can try this magnetic board DIY to help you easily keep track of scores. The best part is that you can use it for multiple outdoor games like cornhole or bean bag toss, horseshoes and volleyball.

Supplies

  • Flat piece of wood
  • Metal sheet
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Neodymium magnets
  • Paint
  • Number stencils or stickers
  • Tape

Steps

  1. Take your metal sheet and make sure it is cut down to the size of your flat piece of wood. If it is the right size, lay it on a disposable surface to prepare for painting.
  2. Split the metal sheet down the middle vertically with tape. Cover one side with more tape or plastic.
  3. Spray paint the uncovered side of the sheet. Allow to dry and do the same for the other side.
  4. Wait for both sides of the sheet to dry. This may take several hours or overnight.
  5. Once dry, take a ruler and black permanent marker and mark even horizontal lines so that you are left with 10-12 boxes on your sheet. Then mark two lines vertically-one on the left side about 2 in. wide to create a space for the score numbers and another that splits the right half of the sheet evenly in half.
  6. Take your number stencils and fill in the left side from 1 to about 10 or so. Alternatively, you can use number stickers.
  7. Now that your sheet is prepared, give it a solid foundation by nailing it into a flat piece of wood.

After step 7, your scoreboard is almost complete. Use some neodymium disc magnets as tally marks. You can hang the board up in your backyard and start a new game. If you liked this DIY magnetic scoreboard, here a few more ideas to try:

Magnetic Chalkboard Menu

This DIY is handy especially when your hungry guests arrive. Write up a menu of your main BBQ courses to curb the flow of questions asking, “What are we eating?” Put your magnetic chalkboard sign with the listed courses up in a visible spot, so that guests will know what is for dinner.

Magnetic Grill Hook

Place a strong hook magnet to the side of your grill to hold the grilling utensils when not in use. When you need to use them, simply lift them off the hook.

Clothes Drying Station

Labor Day is the unofficial last day of summer. For some, this means that swimming is a must-do activity. Easily hang up swimsuits and other wet gear in your backyard to dry by placing a hook magnet on a metal surface. You can also create a makeshift clothes line with some string and a few eye bolt neodymium magnets.

Do you have some other ideas for using magnets in your backyard or at parties? If so, share them with us on our Facebook page or in the comments!