Summer Crafts and Project Ideas

Summer Crafts and Project Ideas

Summer is here, and it’s time to celebrate the long days, warm weather, and fun in the sun (or shade). Whether you spend the season indoors or out, there are any number of DIY projects and summer crafts to help you enjoy the season. Grab your SPF, a cool pair of shades, and your creativity, and let’s celebrate summer!

Drop Cloth Hammock

diy hammock from a drop cloth

Photo source: My Repurposed Life.

For those mild summer days when you all you plan on doing is catching up on some well-deserved R & R, a hammock is your best friend. And this DIY version reuses a drop cloth, of all things!

Fence Flowers

whimsical garden decor from round plastic trays

Your garden isn’t the only thing you can decorate outside. These “fence flowers” are incredibly easy to make and add whimsy to your outdoor living space. Plus, they aren’t permanently attached so no harm done to your fence boards.

Wine Bucket

Wine bottle cooler for a patio happy hour from an Igloo beverage cooler

If you plan to “Rosé all day”, then you need to keep that wine chilled and on ice. This upcycled wine bucket puts an old drink cooler to good reuse by extending the chill on a hot summer day. And according to the wine bucket, it just so happens to be 5:00 all the time- well, isn’t that convenient?

Drink Holder

diy drink holder for the backyard

Photo source: My Repurposed Life.

Planning on playing some cornhole or setting up a badminton net in the backyard this summer? Save your back and kicking over your hydration with this DIY drink holder for the backyard.

Solar Lamp

solar floor lamp for outdoor decor

An old floor lamp that needs rewiring can actually go wireless by transforming it into a magical solar lamp for those fun summer nights! The fireflies will have competition for showing off the prettiest light show this summer, eh?

Decorative Sailboats

sailboat decor from a weaving shuttle

If you plan on a little coastal-inspired decor this summer, you can’t go wrong with decorative sailboats like these. You can make them from any number of boat-shaped things, such as weaving shuttles (like these) or even small branches from your yard.

Bug-Repelling Jars

citronella lanterns for summer nights

Photo source: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

For outdoor evenings with just the adults, you’ll want to stave off the mosquitos as much as possible. And these DIY citronella jars are as pretty as they are functional, perfect for a midsummer night’s dinner party.

Summer Crafts for Doors

umbrella wreath for cinco de mayo decor

What says summer more than a tropical drink that comes with a little umbrella? And you can get that festive feeling without the alcohol by turning those little parasols into a bright and cheery summer wreath, perfect for your front door.

DIY Backyard Games

diy backyard games

Photo source: My Repurposed Life.

Backyard games go hand-in-hand with summer days- from oversized Jenga to horseshoes to ring toss. This one is called Molkky, but what makes it extra fun is that it’s easily portable so you can take it with you while you go camping or on vacation.

Bee-autiful Summer Decor

bee decor

Decorating for summer doesn’t have to feel beachy. These summer crafts celebrate our pollinator friends by making mantel-sized beehives out of unexpected items: baskets and light fixtures.

Mess-Free Bottle Opener

wall mounted bottle opener with cap catcher

Summer just isn’t summer without a bottle opener on the back porch. But watch out for those caps- they’ll tear up bare feet. This DIY version solves that problem- with a cap catcher AND a trap door for easy disposal.

String Art for Summer

string art pineapple

Photo source: Domestically Speaking.

String art projects are one of those ideal summer crafts if you prefer to stay in the air conditioning. Simple summer shapes, such as this pineapple, are not only fun to work on, but look lovely for your summer decorating, as well.

Patio Drink Tray

outdoor serving tray with boho summer style

Ice cold drinks on hot summer days are a match made in heaven, aren’t they? And that refreshing feeling is easily elevated with a colorful serving tray like this.

Solar Chandelier

diy solar chandelier from the dollar store

Photo source: My Repurposed Life.

Planning on some evening entertaining this season? A solar chandelier like this adds a whimsical, elegant touch to any dinner party or soirée. And believe it or not, but all the DIY supplies came from the dollar store!

Summer Crafts and Project Ideas

crafts to make in the summer

Photo source: PicMonkey/Shutterstock.

Whether you prefer making projects for the yard or for decorating your home, there are any number of DIY projects and summer crafts that celebrate the season. May you feel inspired to create something fun this summer, and don’t forget to stay hydrated and protected from the sun!

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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