150+ Summer DIYs and Thrift Store Makeovers

150+ Summer DIYs and Thrift Store Makeovers

If you’re anything like me, then you’re looking forward to a MUCH more exciting summer this year than last. From visiting family to spending time with friends, this summer holds so much more promise. And if you’re looking for some ideas for DIY summer decor or summer DIYs for your porch or back yard, then I think you’ve found the right blog post.

My upcycling blogger friends and I thought it might be a lot of fun to gather our favorite summer DIYs together into one big collection. Whether you need decorating ideas or inspiration for entertaining, there’s probably a project idea in here for you.

outdoor serving tray with boho summer style

I always gravitate towards all things coastal during the summer months. So, I have a LOT of beach-inspired upcycling projects to share. But one of my favorites are these nautical bottles I made for a “Thrift the Look” post a few years ago.

coastal collection of bottles

Do you remember what I upcycled to make that huge jug? What fun thrift store finds both of those were!

But not EVERY summer project needs to be beachy. I also upcycled some vintage planters into citronella candles to burn outside. Aren’t they charming?

Mosquito candles with local beeswax in vintage planters

I’ve also upcycled old light fixtures into magical “firefly” lanterns, which are perfect for summer nights outside. Fireflies are one of my favorite aspects of summer; do you love them, too?

Firefly lantern with a brass light as upcycled lighting

I’ve made plenty of other summer DIYs, too, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I show you the entire collection, I want to share some of my favorite summer project ideas from my fellow Team members first.

Summer DIYs from the Team

As soon as I saw this seahorse collage with tiny seashells from Domestically Speaking, I was in love! I see button collages in various shapes all the time, but the tiny seashells just really sets this one apart.

coastal wall art with small seashells

Does it get any cuter (and more summery) than this? House of Hawthornes made this backyard table by upcycling a vintage wagon. SO cute and colorful!

backyard furniture from a vintage wagon

And what about making a DIY hammock from a drop cloth? What a BRILLIANT idea from My Repurposed Life. And heck, I’d even use of one mine with paint schmears on it to make one for our yard.

diy hammock from a drop cloth

Back to the beach for a moment with this upcycled shell holder from Petticoat Junktion. I love the makeover she gave to it in order to show off her beach treasures.

beach shell display

And similar to my citronella candles, these luminaries from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia help keep the bugs away. They’d be SO pretty in a cluster on a table, don’t you think?

summer diys with natural bug repellent

And, to round out my favorite summer DIYs from the Team, this drink station from Our Southern Home caught my eye! A little something for everyone that doesn’t take up too much space on the porch- perfect!

outdoor drink station

So, now that you’ve seen my favorite summer DIYs from my fellow blogging friends, are you ready for the full collection? From DIY summer decor, to backyard upgrades, to porch decor and more…

We have DEFINITELY got you covered this summer!

Summer DIYs and Thrift Store Makeovers

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Now THAT’S how you summer, with all these wonderful projects to make the season fun, memorable, and full of life.

Which were your favorite summer DIYs from everyone? Was it something beachy, or something outdoorsy, or maybe something patriotic in red, white, and blue?

american flag decor with a buffalo plaid stencil

I’m not sure how many summer DIYs I’ll actually get done this year, as the house we’re building should be wrapped up in August or September. So, my focus will be on moving and all things related to that.

BUT, I’m sure excited about all the projects I’ll be able to make for the new house, that’s for sure!

Wall bottle opener with a cap catcher by upcycling a recipe card box

I hope we’ve given you loads of project inspiration for summer DIYs this year! Whether you are looking for DIY summer decor ideas or ways to improve your outdoor living in the yard, we had a great time gathering this project collection together.

Happy Summer from the Thrift Store Decor Team!

Petticoat Junktion

Our Southern Home

House of Hawthornes

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sadie Seasongoods

My Repurposed Life

Domestically Speaking

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.


  1. Rebecca Payne says

    Thank you for this post. Great ideas!

  2. Does the invite link have certain browser requirements? I can’t ever get them to work on my phone

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I wish I knew the answer to this, Sarah. 99% of folks can view all the links just fine, but there are always a few that can’t. And for the life of me, I don’t understand why. I’m so sorry about that and wish I had a solution!

  3. Thank you for finding all of these projects; it is a great collection!

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