Crafts to Make When It’s Hot Outside

Crafts to Make When It’s Hot Outside

The entire Thrift Store Decor Team has been bemoaning the same thing recently- “It’s too hot outside to work on projects!”. In fact, you may have noticed that the last few projects that I’ve posted on the blog required very little (if any) time outdoors. And we thought our friends and readers might ALSO be looking for craft ideas that can be done inside at this time of year.

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Since I tend to work on small, manageable projects, I’ve got quite a few ideas for “inside crafts” on my blog. Plenty of DIY jewelry ideas, like these braided bracelets from vintage handkerchiefs

braided bracelets from vintage handkerchiefs

And plenty of simple sewing projects, too- such as these fabric pumpkins I made from orange and black bandanas.

Fabric pumpkins from a Halloween Bandana

Heck, my one and only book (for now!) is filled with simple sewing and non-sewing projects, 95% of which can be completed entirely indoors. Where the A/C is blowing or the heat keeps it cozy, depending on the time of year.

Craft book for flannel shirts

Thankfully, my gal pals on the Thrift Store Decor Team are the same way. They, too, have lots of DIY ideas to work on when it’s too darn hot outside! Let me show you a few of their projects before we get to the full collection.

Crafting Indoors When It’s Hot Outside

I have always admired this succulent display from Petticoat Junktion. Isn’t that a great way to upcycle old film reels?

succulent display on film reels by petticoat junktion

And this DIY bamboo sunburst mirror from Domestically Speaking is SO eye-catching! I could totally see this hanging or leaning in several places around my home, hmm…

bamboo sunburst mirror by domestically speaking

Decoupage projects are also perfect for crafting inside. ESPECIALLY when they turn out as cute as this little watering can by My Repurposed Life.

decoupage watering can by my repurposed life

And since macramé has made such a huge comeback, we’d be remiss to not include a project like this boho vase! Talk about keeping cool- in temperature AND in style.

macrame vase by my uncommon life of suburbia 

Anyway, let’s get to the full collection of crafts to work on when it’s hot outside! Hope you enjoy it and find loads of inspiration here for days you’d rather stay in.

Hot Outside? Let’s Craft Indoors!

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SO MANY great ideas for projects- big and small!- to work on when it’s hot and steamy out. Did any of the projects catch your eye? Perhaps an easy-to-make decor project like my boho wall baskets?

Basket wall decor with Bohemian design

Or perhaps a furniture fix that doesn’t require any work outside, such as this office chair refresh from Shop at Blu?

office chair repair by shop at blu

Plus, hot summer days are a great time to get ahead of schedule for your holiday crafts (like this Christmas idea)! Once those “-ber” months start, time seems to accelerate quickly, doesn’t it?

christmas bottles by organized clutter

All I know is, this collection of ideas was SO fun to put together. And if you think about it, these projects are ideal for the OTHER end of the weather spectrum. Crafting inside when it’s snowing and blustery sounds pretty darn good to me, too!

diy pin cushion in a vintage teapot

I hope you found some easy, breezy inspiration for projects to work on in the A/C! If any of them grabbed your attention in particular, please let me know. I’m always interested in feedback like that to help me create content that really speaks to you.

DIY felt succulents in a vintage sifter

Keep cool, everyone! And make sure you visit the other blogs to see which indoors craft projects were their favorites!

Petticoat Junktion

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

My Repurposed Life

Domestically Speaking

Shop at Blu

Our Southern Home

Organized Clutter

See you again soon with some fresh new ideas (Fall and otherwise) from the thrift store…

Craft on,


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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