The warmer weather presents the perfect opportunity for you to get working on some summer DIY projects.
Arguably Summer is one of the best times of the year.
Sun’s out, schools are on vacation and almost everyone is on vacation.
A great time to relax and perfect for outdoor activities or some work around your home.
Let’s take a look at 100+ summer DIY projects that’ll keep you busy and entertained during the summer break.
SUMMER DIY OUTDOOR PROJECTS
You’ll likely be spending a lot of time outdoors so might as well prep for some fun.
Here are a few things to do outdoors:
#1 Painted Rocks
#2 Painted Plant Pots
#3 Build A Picnic Caddy
#4 DIY Fidget Spinners
#5 DIY Ice Buckets
#6 Build A Crate Display Stand
If you’ve got some crates laying around, don’t throw them away just yet.
As you’ll find out throughout this post, they can come in very handy.
Building your own display stand is a perfect example and it could actually serve for both indoor and outdoor uses.
#7 DIY Firepit
#8 Butterfly Feeders
Summer is peak butterfly season.
Having butterflies around has several benefits but it’s also a natural way to add some color and beauty to your yard.
Take a look at these beautiful DIY butterfly feeders from Natural Living Ideas.
#9 DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torches
#10 Build A Pergola
If you’re up for a challenge then go all out and build a pergola.
Pergolas are a great focal point for any backyard and one more thing you can brag about to your guests all summer.
The key is making sure you have the right tools before you get started.
Think you can build one in 3 days?
SUMMER DIY HOME DECOR
The natural transition after you’re done outdoors will be to take care of the interior as well.
There’s nothing wrong with giving your home that unique touch and customizing it to your taste.
#11 Bright Centerpieces
Bright centerpieces add more warmth to your home – A reflection of the summer weather.
Here are a few examples you might consider:
– Anything Sunflower themed
#12 DIY Cork Boards
#13 Summer Candles
Can’t get enough of the peaceful summer smells?
Well bring them indoors! (not the sticky kinds of course)
Summer scented candles remind you of all those joyful feelings that come alive in the warm weather.
#14 DIY Candle holders
#15 Tin Can Luminaries
#16 DIY Summer Pillows
#17 DIY Doormats
#18 Repurpose Crates or Old Cabinets for Extra Storage
#19 DIY Home Furniture
Need an extra piece of furniture?
Why not build it yourself?
There are so many DIY furniture plans available online for you to gain some inspiration from.
Take a look at 40 Brilliant DIY Furniture Projects That Are Easy to Make.
#20 Repaint A Room
A new paint job is an immediate upgrade to your home.
It’s a great feeling to walk into a clean, nicely painted room – especially if it’s done by you.
You can get very creative and the possibilities are endless.
SUMMER DIY KITCHEN PROJECTS
Just had to single out the kitchen.
Not that every other room isn’t important but the kitchen is the heart of the home.
Regardless of the size of your kitchen, a few spruces here & there and you can turn it into the perfect hub.
Let’s take a look at some kitchen DIY projects you can tackle this summer.
#21 Replace Your Cabinet Hardware
Replacing cabinetry can be costly.
You may even decide to build your own cabinets if you want to.
A cheaper and much easier solution is for you to replace the hardware on your cabinets.
It’s a simple change but the subtlety can make a huge difference.
#22 Add New Lighting
#23 DIY Mug Holder
#24 DIY Storage Jars
I’m sure you’re no stranger to storage jars.
Adding some labels to them is very easy to do and eliminates the constant guessing game.
If you’d like to complete this simple DIY, you can follow these instructions from Threadbarecloak.com.
#25 DIY Cooking Apron
#26 Build A Hanging Pot Rack
#27 Add A Rolling Kitchen Cart
Need some extra cooking space? Or an informal eating area?
A rolling cart is an excellent solution.
Not only is it an answer for more kitchen space, it can also serve for extra storage.
Here are some ideas courtesy of The Spruce: 15 Free DIY Kitchen Island Plans.
#28 Replace Your Countertops
May not be the easiest project but it’s definitely worth the effort.
Now could be a good time to consider getting the look and feel you’ve always wanted.
If you don’t feel like replacing the countertops or maybe you’re unable to because you rent then a temporary option is to use contact paper.
#29 Backsplash Projects
#30 Fresh Paint Job
You can go ahead and give your kitchen a complete makeover.
Most kitchens don’t usually command a lot of wall space so it’s an ideal opportunity for you to make a bold statement.
Here’s How to Paint A Kitchen.
4TH OF JULY PROJECTS
July 4th (Independence Day) is a major holiday for everyone in the U.S.
Why not celebrate this special occasion by showcasing your patriotism.
#31 DIY Fireworks
It is very important that you understand fireworks can be harmful and dangerous.
You also need to make sure you understand the different legalities concerning fireworks wherever it is you live.
That said, with the right amount of precautions fireworks are great for your 4th of July celebrations.
#32 Patriotic Wreaths
#33 American Flag Mason Jars
#34 4th of July Paper Lanterns
#35 DIY Star Stangled Banner
#36 Red, White & Blue Outfits
#37 4th of July Tablescape
#38 4th of July Cake
You can’t have a summer party without dessert!
Imagine the sweet and savory taste of a fresh slice of cake on a warm summer day.
Now that you’re thinking about it, here are some 4th of July cake recipes.
#39 DIY USA Sign
#40 DIY USA Flag
FOOD & DRINK IDEAS
There’s bound to be a lot of eating and drinking during the summer days.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
#41 Homemade Ice cream
#42 DIY Popsicles
#43 Snow Cones
#44 Fruit Sorbet
Fruit sorbets are another excellent option for the summer.
A sorbet typically consists of just frozen fruit juice or flavored water and sugar.
You can also use fresh fruit if you prefer.
They are indeed very easy to make.
See: Basic Fruit Sorbets Recipe from The Spruce Eats.
#45 Fruit Pizza
#46 Homemade Summer Shakes & Smoothies
#47 Jello Treats
#48 Summer Cocktails
#49 Taco Season
#50 BBQ Anything
If you haven’t dusted off your grill already then it’s time to do so.
Summer is synonymous with bbq.
You can’t (shouldn’t) entertain in the summer without any barbecues.
Check out these 78 Grilling Recipes You’ll be Making All Summer Long.
The kids are out on summer break so you gotta keep them busy or active somehow.
The best way is to incorporate some kid friendly activities for them.
Here are a few:
#51 DIY Flash Cards
Just because school is out doesn’t mean the kids need to stop learning.
Yes they deserve a break but you don’t want them forgetting all their school work.
A fun way to keep them learning is by creating Flash cards.
You can make it an excellent combination of play and learning activities.
#52 Block Sets
Block sets are another excellent way to encourage learning.
Research shows that Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language.
If you’ve got the time and the right set of tools, you can create your own wooden blocks just like this.
#53 Lemonade Stand
If you ever had your own lemonade stand growing up, then you can attest to how much fun this can be.
You can build one to help raise money for charity, the kids’ summer funds, for the folks working outdoors in your neighborhood, or just for some plain ol’ fun.
Regardless of what your reasons may be, the kids are certainly going to love it.
*Be sure to check out the legalities in your place of residence*
Check out this DIY tutorial from fantabulosity.com.
#55 DIY Kites
#56 Hand Painting
Let the kids’ imagination run wild.
You can explore with different material here but all you really need is some washable hand paint, some paper and an area where the little ones can get creative.
Use pinterest for some inspiration.
#57 Drawing Projects
#58 Summer Solstice Crafts (Sun Weaving)
#59 Popsicle Stick Crafts
Instead of throwing away all the sticks from your homemade popsicles, you can put them back to use for some more DIY projects.
Popsicle crafts to be exact.
#60 DIY Play Tents
Maybe you want to give the kids their own hideout or maybe you just want to give them some extra room for shade.
Kids are adventurous and play tents are an ideal option for them to create those long lasting childhood memories.
Take a look at 15 DIY Teepees and Play Tents Your Kids Will Spend All Summer In.
SUMMER DIY CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
The hot weather calls for a change in your wardrobe.
Lesser layers, lighter clothing, flip flops, etc.
A great time to experiment too.
Here are a few clothing items you can make for yourself this summer.
#61 DIY Shorts
#62 Halter Tops
#63 Crafty Swimwear
No need to go splurging on some new swimwear when you can save some money by making them yourself.
Plus that means more money for you to get some extra stuff when you’re relaxing at the pool or beach.
Watch this DIY Simple Bathing Suit video.
#64 Custom T-shirts
#65 DIY Flip flops
#66 DIY Hats
#67 Repurpose Your Sweaters
Don’t get rid of sweaters just yet.
Repurposed sweaters can have a variety of uses.
Why not use them to craft something you can use this summer.
Sleeveless shirts, knit skirts, hats, scarves, just to name a few.
#68 DIY Espadrilles
#69 DIY Sunglasses
You don’t necessarily need to go manufacture your own sunglasses. (Although it may be worth a try. You never know what you could come up with.)
The point here is if you have a pair of shades laying around, why not give them your personal touch.
#70 DIY Cases
You can also make your pets a part of your summer DIY projects as we’ll see in the following examples.
#71 Outdoor Washing/Cooling Station
#72 DIY Cooling Mat
#73 DIY Tents/Teepees
#74 DIY Pet Toys
#75 Pet Clothing
Creating some clothing and accessories for your furry ones is typically a fun and simple process.
Maybe a new shirt, a leash, bows, etc.
#76 DIY Fish Tank
#77 Pet Bed
#78 Feeding Stations
#79 DIY Dog/Cat house
#80 Treats/Pet Snacks
(Bonus) Bird House
There are so many gifting occasions in the summer.
Graduations, weddings, birthdays, and so on.
Plenty of reasons to create an awesome gift.
Take a look at some DIY gift ideas below.
#81 Knit A Hat or A Quilt
#82 Fabric Covered Books
#83 Homemade Bath Salts
#84 DIY Jewelry
#85 DIY Gift Cards...
#86 ...And Gift Card Holders
#87 Homemade Jam
#88 S'more Gifts
Reminiscent of the camp fires and the beautiful nights sitting under the stars.
S’mores are a great representation of summer outdoor activities.
A great treat for your favorite campers or anyone with a sweet tooth.
#89 DIY Beach Bag
Summer is the season for lots of fun beach activities.
Assemble your own beach bag as a gift for your water loving family or friends.
They’ll truly appreciate it.
Check out this DIY No Sew Beach Tote by HOM.
#90 Student Gift Tags
Here are few more creative summer DIY ideas you can use for different purposes.