22 Fun Summer Crafts for the Entire Family

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Be that caretaker who always has an Ace up their sleeve with our collection of fun craft ideas that are perfectly suited for long summer days, designed to capture the interest of just about any member of the family no matter their age or what they're into. Whether you've got a sentimental ocean enthusiast, a bourgeoning abstract expressionist, or need to nurture your own green thumb with fabulous DIY garden accessories, we've got you covered. Read on for more.


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1. DIY Ocean Themed Candles

Perhaps you've got a future oceanographer on your hands? Even the most casual of ocean enthusiasts can get behind our ocean-themed DIY candles.

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2. DIY Beach Memory Mason Jar

When an iPhone photo simply isn't enough, opt for the DIY beach memory mason jar.


3. Easy Way to Weave Coasters on a Cardboard Loom

Because we'd hate for you to hand weave adorable miniature rugs for your summer beverages the hard way!


4. DIY Fruit Slice Serving Tray & Coasters

Showcase your fun summer refreshments while equally showcasing your hand painting skills with this DIY citrus tray, plus matching coasters, of course.


5. DIY Round Straw Basket Bag

Cute, practical and perfect for spending summer days on the beach because this breezy basket-woven bag will not trap any excess heat.



6. DIY Fruit Pin Cushion

Okay, even if you don't sew (yet!), you have to admit you need this DIY fruit pin cushion.


7. How to Sew a Garden Kneeling Pad

Spring gets all the glory, but summer is the perfect time to literally plant seeds for year-round garden bounty. This DIY goes out to the gardener closest to your heart.


8. DIY Magnetic Standing Flowers

Now this DIY project is not only super easy and fun, it's also guaranteed to amaze all summer dinner party guests with help from a few strategically placed magnets.

9. DIY Floral Umbrella Wreath

In case you're wondering, the best way to upcycle a once tired old umbrella is to make a DIY floral umbrella wreath.


10. How to Make Washable Fabric Bowl Covers

Skip the plastic wrap this season–instead, go for our cute, reusable DIY bowl covers! Because eating outside might be the best summer activity there is (minus the bugs).

11. DIY Container Water Garden (Pond in a Pot)

Create your very own pond and then take a moment to appreciate that you've just made your own pond! Don't forget to name your (optional) new goldfish. We suggest Francis.

12. DIY Marbleized Clay Pots

Fair warning: this project is as fun as it is addicting. Because nail polish doesn't dissolve in water, you can combine different colored polish in a water bath, swirl them around to create an abstract pattern, and then dip clay pots in the solution to create our nifty DIY.


13. God's Eye Craft Instructions

First created by Mexico's indigenous Huichol people, your kiddos will love learning a bit of ancient history while creating this god's eye piece of art almost as much as you'll love displaying it afterward.

14. DIY Hair Scrunchie Tutorial

Trust us when we say that scrunchies are, indeed, back in fashion. No, really. Whether this news is your worst 80s nightmare or your sartorial second coming, we've got just the DIY project for you.

15. DIY Rainbow Sensory Box

Parents and caretakers: don't let the sight of this potential mess deter you! Sensory boxes center around touch and sound and will engross your child for hours without any screens in sight. Our version also covers sight with vibrant colors and even an unusual smell...


16. Easy to Make Mosquito Repellent Bracelet Tutorial

If you happen to host a gaggle of tween girls for a sleepover this summer, simply gather up some embroidery floss in fun colors, whip up a little peppermint oil insect repellent and then plan an epic outdoor scavenger hunt with no fear of bites.

17. DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Games

You won't need much to have a good time this summer–not even sunlight. Recycled water bottles and glow sticks are all it takes to create three super fun glow-in-the-dark games that will entertain both kids and adults well into the night.

18. How to Make a Floating Beverage Boat

This floating beverage boat DIY is practically begging for a pool game to be invented in its honor.

19. Faux Sea Glass Effect on Glass Decor Tutorial

Did you know that you can create a sea glass effect on clear glass decor using just white glue and food coloring? We're all about that non-toxic, super-economical life.

20. How to Make Headbands Out of Shirts

In ancient times, if a gift was adorned with a Celtic knot, it was thought to give the recipient longevity or good luck in new adventures. Our no-sew headband is made with old T-shirts and uses a Shannon knot, symbolizing balanced creativity.

21. How to Make String Bracelets

Make your summer camp bestie a cute, sentimental gift that will last a lifetime: a custom string bracelet using colorful, vibrant charms and thread is the perfect choice.

22. Upcycle a T-Shirt into a No-Sew Fringed Market Tote Tutorial

Spin that dingy summer concert tee from way back when into market tote gold with our simple no-sew tutorial.