11 Fun Summer Crafts to Stay Busy, Creative, and Productive

As the days grow longer in the summer, it’s the perfect time for some fun summer craft projects. Summer-themed crafts offer a delightful way to bond with your loved ones, spark imagination, and create lasting memories.

Let’s discover a collection of craft ideas to transform ordinary summer days into enjoyable sessions of creativity.

Whether you’re looking to beat the heat with indoor activities or make the most of the great outdoors, here are 11 fun summer craft projects that will appeal to both kids and adults.

These summer crafts will not only keep hands busy but you can also fill your home with the laid-back spirit of summer.

Staying Busy This Summer and Having Fun

Put on your creative cap and take a look at these summer-themed crafts. They can become the highlight of your summer season!

First, let’s look at some summer projects, in general, and the supplies that you can use in them.

What Type of Summer Projects:

• Easy outdoor crafts
• Summer table accessories
• Beachy home decor projects
• Nature-inspired art ideas
• Upcycled garden decorations
• Fun pool party accessories
• Eco-friendly crafts using recycled materials
• Patriotic crafts for summer holidays
• Handmade summer fashion and accessories

What Summer Ingredients Can You Use?

  • Seashells
  • Dish towels
  • Popsicle sticks
  • River rocks
  • Beads
  • Straw hats and tote bags
  • Mason jars
  • Dried flowers
  • Flower pots
  • Paper and crayons
  • Tin cans
  • Old bottles and jars
  • Anything you have to recycle

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Stay Busy this Summer with Fun Craft Projects

These craft projects for summer hopefully will inspire you. I hope also encourage you to experiment with new DIY methods you’ve never tried before..

The beauty of craftimg is that it’s new and challenges you to try new skills.

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DIY Projects for Summer Productivity

Here are some ideas for using summer-themed crafts to create a fun family activity. Teenagers might like forming teams to have a craft competition:

  1. Host a family craft night. Set up different craft stations with supplies for various summer-themed crafts like seashell art, paper plate suns, or painted rocks. Let family members rotate between stations.
  2. For teenagers, create a summer memory book or scrapbook together. Gather photos, ticket stubs, and other mementos from summer activities. Work as a family to decorate pages and add captions.
  3. Have a backyard craft day. Set up tables outside and do messy crafts like tie-dye shirts, sand art, or watercolor painting. Being outdoors makes cleanup easier- use a hose and slip-and-slide to clean up the kids.
  4. Make summer-themed decorations for your home as a family. Create paper flower wreaths, seashell wind chimes, or painted mason jar lanterns to display.
  5. Organize a neighborhood kid craft swap. Have each family create summer crafts to trade with other families. This allows kids to show off their creations and get new craft ideas.
  6. Turn crafting into friendly family competitions. See who can make the best sandcastle out of legos or create the most creative summer-themed games and toys together..
  7. Go on a nature walk to collect materials like leaves, flowers, and pebbles. Then use the found objects to create nature collages or pressed flower art.

The key is to choose projects that appeal to different age groups and skill levels in your family. Focus on the process of creating projects together. With some creativity, summer crafts can become cherished family bonding activities.

summer DIY painted lavender-painted mason jars

Flower-Painted Mason Jars

Lavender is an iconic summer herb. Linda of It Started with Paint uses it beautifully to make these pretty lavender-inspired painted mason jars.

summer diy pressed flower project

Pressed Flower Art

Jayne of Chalking Up Success shares her version of pretty pressed flower art. This flower art evokes a sense of summer nostalgia.

DIY tote bag made with tea towels

DIY Tote Bag with Tea Towels

Patti of Hearth and Vine shares how to make this pretty tropical beach bag. It can be made from a beautiful tea towel or dishtowel. And it’s easy enough for beginner sewers or someone who hasn’t used a sewing machine in a while.

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Finger Print Flower Pot

Amanda of Crafts by Amanda created this simple kid art project. his sweet fingerprint flower pot can be made with supplies you probably have on hand. This project will easily engage kids from 3-10 years old with a lot of creative steps and makes a perfect project for Spring!

kids' wedding coloring book

Wedding Activity Book for Kids

So many weddings take place in the summer. Chelsea of Lovely Indeed created this printable wedding activity book as the perfect resource to keep kids entertained during a wedding. If you have a wedding this summer, use it at the wedding or the reception the little ones pleasantly occupied.

summer craft floral tin can caddie

Make this Caddy for Your Next BBQ

Here’s an addition to your summer table you’re going to love! This caddy was made by Marianne of Once a Duckling on a budget. It’s a lot of fun to make for your next summer party.

DIY crafts fruit-inspired coasters

Fruit-Inspired Drink Covers

These adorable drink covers are a fun summer craft for kids that bring back all the memories of your childhood. Lynsey and Denay of Salt Sister Moms made this little drink cover craft that can be the spark for hours of bead creations for kids. 

summer craft painted tote bag with pompom

DIY Painted Tote Bag

Haeley of Design Improvised used a
inexpensive straw bag to make a fun summer bag for going to the pool or beach. As long as they have a flat woven pattern like this one, a straw bag is a prime candidate for painting.

summer diy straw hat

Floppy Painted Straw Hat

Kelly of Studio DIY shows how easy it is to make the cutest straw hat to protect you from the summer heat. It looks so professional but is very easy.

summer crafts painted rocks project

Easiest Summer Craft: Rock Photo Holders

Last summer when my granddaughters were here visiting, they spent hours painting many of the river rocks in our backyard. Debbie of One Little Project took this idea one step further with this project kids will love.

DIY watermelon coasters

DIY Watermelon Coasters

Katie of Made to be a Momma shared these perfectly summer DIY watermelon coasters that are the perfect diy accessory for any summer party! Great to serve with punch, soda or your other favorite beverages. 

Want to save all these summer craft projects ? Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy. You might want to check my Pinterest Board, Summer DIY Crafts and DIY Projects.

Use some of these fun projects to fill your summer days. Whether you are your kids or grandkids are making one of these, enjoy the experience and the resulting project.

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