Whether it’s a stormy day or just too hot to leave the air conditioning, one fun way to keep yourself occupied (and productive) this summer is with DIY projects.
Even if you’re not “crafty,” hear us out!
You don’t have to be a whiz with the sewing machine or an amateur carpenter to create beautiful projects. All you need is a free afternoon and a little bit of patience to make these eight Pinterest-worthy crafts—all of which will come in handy during your many summer adventures.
A Fun (& Edible!) Project
1. A Seasonal Floral Ice Bucket
Why use a boring cooler when you can keep your wine chilled in a stunning floral ice bucket? This project from Sugar and Charm will be a great centerpiece for your next summer gathering, and it’s truly easy to make. All you need are two inexpensive buckets, some rocks, fruits and flowers, and a can-do attitude. Plus, you can customize the items you freeze into the bucket to change the color and aesthetic of the final product.
2. A Hand-Decorated Floral Bag for Summer
Take your summer tote bag from boring to brilliant with this easy tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. Just gather some brightly-colored raffia—a type of ribbon you can get at any craft store—and a needle to create these beautiful flowers on a woven bag. No sewing experience is needed for this easy project, and you’re sure to get plenty of compliments when you carry your newly upgraded tote around town.
3. Fruity Storage Baskets
Time for our annual fruit-y DIY, can’t have a summer without one! 🍉🍊🍓🍍🍎🍌And this time we’re making over storage baskets into pastel fruit!!!!! This project was inspired by @universalkids’ new series The Big Fun Crafty Show! The show puts teams of kids to the test as they tackle crafting challenges using the supplies they have available to them. It immediately struck a chord with me because I firmly believe crafting helps foster uniqueness, confidence and independence in kids. I’m forever grateful my mom encouraged me to get creative at a young age! Head to the blog for the tutorial (link in profile!) and tune in to the show weeknights at 5:30pm ET! #ad #universalkids #bigfuncrafty
This is a super fun, easy project that’s perfect for the whole family. The tutorial from Studio DIY will show you how to make these cute fruit-themed storage baskets with the help of a little felt and fabric paint. They’d look positively adorable in your kids’ rooms or even on your patio as a storage spot for extra pillows or blankets.
4. Paint Speckled Planters
Terra-cotta pots are a favorite for many gardeners, but they can be a little boring to look at. However, with this summer DIY project from Erin Spain, you can bring a little extra pizzazz to your favorite pots, giving them a stripe of color and beautiful gold speckles. You can really make the project your own by switching up the colors or how far you dip the pots.
5. A Fun Wooden Table Runner
PROJECT REVEAL!!! Get the free plans for this DIY Paint Stick Table Runner today! Customize the colors and pattern to create a color splash in any space! Link to free plans with step by step photos in profile. #paintstickdiy #diy #woodworking #howto #easydiy #15minutediy #kidsdiy #tablerunner #tablescape #cookout
Need a new table runner for your summer barbecues? This unique project from Build Basic uses paint sticks to make a surprisingly beautiful cover for any table. All you need are a bunch of paint sticks (you can usually get them for free at home improvement or paint stores), paint in your favorite color, and some burlap to create this impressive table runner. We can totally see a red, white, and blue version of it being used on Independence Day!
6. Easy, Customizable Coasters
Reviewing my stats for this year and my Tile Coaster Tutorial from years ago is still my most popular post. Kind of makes me chuckle since it's not sewing related, but it's an easy, inexpensive DIY craft tutorial. You can find the full how-to under the craft section of the blog. #tilecoasters #diy #crafttutorial #modpodge #amybutler #craft #crafty #creativemamas #makeyousomethin #bhgstyle
While you’re decking out your patio for the ultimate summer bash, why not make a few coasters to match your new table runner? This DIY project from The Cottage Mama uses tiles and scrapbook paper to make coasters that are super easy to personalize.
7. Adorable Watermelon-Themed Napkins
Someone said it's #nationalwatermelonday so I made these cute napkins! 🍉🍉🍉 Actually I made them a few years ago but you can find them on the blog in the archives! 🤗🤗🤗 Link in bio then search "watermelon napkins" and get your craft on! #bsggrams #flashesofdelight #abmlifeiscolorful Photo by @alicegpatterson
Take your napkins from drab to fab with this simple project from The Sweetest Occasion. With the help of a sponge and some fabric paint, you can create these adorable watermelon napkins. It’s a fun craft for kids to help out with, and you could even use the same technique to create a matching tablecloth, if you’re so inclined.
8. A Simple Patio Bench
It's no secret: this outdoor bench was crazy easy to make. 👍🏻 More pictures and very simple instructions are on the blog. Come visit—link in profile. • • #outdoor #diy #cinderblockbench #cinderblocks #eclectic #eclecticstyle #getoutside #letthembelittle #childhoodunplugged #bhg #betterhomesandgardens #snakeplant #ontheblog #MyBHG
This project may look complicated, but it’s really not, we promise! This outdoor bench from Modern Chemistry at Home is made from cinder blocks and a few pieces of lumber, and it’s really just a matter of assembling them to create a cute, functional outdoor bench. You can even customize your creation by painting the blocks or the lumber. It’s truly an easy way to add extra seating to your patio or lawn.
What crafty projects are you working on this summer? Let us know below!