Cute DIY Summer Crafts to Enjoy with Your Family

With the summer season well under way, it’s a good time to collect natural materials and fun embellishments for hands-on projects. Get to crafting outside and show off your creations with garden parties! Check out these cute DIY summer craft ideas to help you decorate your home and engage with your kids.

Phone Fête

For this first project, round up your kids and spend some time decorating their phone cases together! The materials are not only easy to find, but the project is simple and hassle-free.

Materials:

  • Rhinestones in settings
  • Clear phone case
  • Jewelry glue

Instructions:

To craft this fun project, first lay out the rhinestones in a pattern on the back of the case. Then, exercising precaution, glue them on one by one. You can modify this project by adding other embellishments like satin flowers, beads, or pearls! Whichever materials you decide to attach to the phone case, make sure that they are durable. You can get quality decorations and craft supplies from stores like Paper Mart.

Chalk Challenge

Younger children love decorating sidewalks with colorful chalk drawings. Make these drawings extra special by challenging them to create artwork with chalk of all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Materials:

  • Disposable bowl
  • 3 tablespoons tempera paint (in several colors)
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1.5 cups plaster
  • Tape
  • Molds

Instructions:

First, mix the tempera paint with the cup of cold water. Then, slowly add the plaster and stir until everything has dissolved completely. Pour the mixture into each half of your mold and gently tap at the surface until the air bubbles have disappeared. Let the molds sit for two minutes before taping the halves shut. We recommend leaving the mold for 24 hours before removing the mixture. Afterwards, air the chalk for another 24 to 48 hours before use. Create as many different shapes and colors as you wish!

Lavish Letters

Letter art is a fun and creative way for anyone to decorate their room. Whether it’s a full mantra or just one word, you can personalize your creation in any way you like!

Materials:

  • ¼ inch foam core board
  • Tacks
  • Craft knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Printout of your word

Instructions:

Using the spray adhesive, glue your printout onto the foam core board. Then, cut out each letter with the craft knife. During this process, ensure that you are very careful as to not injure yourself—you can use this step to teach your children how to be safe around dangerous objects. Once you’ve cut out the word, grab your tacks and push them into the foam. You can outline the words or fill in the rest of the space with your tacks.

Mug Masters

There has never been a more unexpected pair than ceramics and magic markers, but it seems that they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Decorate your ceramic mugs with a bold magic marker to make a personalized, mug set!

Materials:

  • Magic marker (Sharpie)
  • Ceramic mugs
  • Oven

Instructions:

Once you find a blank tea cup or mug that you really love, use it to draw your inspirations onto them! Designs such as floral patterns, zig-zag shapes, and bubbles work especially well for this craft. When your drawing is complete, stick the cups in the oven for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. These mugs can be hand washed with gentle care—please avoid the dish washer.

Party Platter

DIY cheese boards are a guaranteed way to ensure creativity in and out of the kitchen. Add a chalkboard cheese board to add an artisan flair to your dinnerware collection!

Materials:

  • 2 round walnut circles (5″ – 9″ diameter)
  • Clipped corner plaque (11″ x 14″)
  • Wooden tray (12″ x 16″)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Chalk
  • Paint brush

Instructions:

To create your DIY cheese board, first paint the round walnut circles, clipped corner plaque, and the wooden tray with chalkboard paint, leaving a small border around the edges. Once the paint has dried, add another coat of paint. When everything has dried, you can write the specific names of each cheese on the board with your chalk and load them up with food. Clean the chalk off after each use.

Summer Fun

Each of these crafts is fun to do as a family or on your own. Infuse your personality into each piece and fall in love with crafting over the summer season. Have fun!

 


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