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Summer DIY Ideas

Looking for something to do this summer? How about a do-it-yourself project?


Summer is a great time for rest and relaxation – and the extra downtime can be the perfect opportunity for starting a new project!  If you’re the kind of person who likes to stay busy (and get creative), then a fun DIY project can be the antidote to your boredom. We’ve gathered up a list of some of our favorite DIYs, perfect for the summer season. So take out your paintbrushes and hot glue guns – it’s time to get creative!


Emoji Mason Jars

The mason jar craze is still going strong – and here’s a way to make them even more fun! These emoji mason jars, from Lindsey Lyons at Our Messy Table, are an easy way to add a bit of sass to your bookshelf display, or for serving up some of our individual Panna Cottas. Just pour yellow acrylic paint inside the jars, shake and let them dry, and then draw or paint your chosen emoji face on the outside. It’s that simple! NOTE: Lindsey prefers to use baby food jars, but you can use any type of jar you want. Also, if you plan on eating out the jars, be sure to use a water-based paint (and only on the outside), and bake the jars at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (this will seal in the paint).


Emoji Mason Jars. Photo Credit: Our Messy Table


Painted Watercolor Pillows

Wanna know how to make a boring white pillowcase POP? Look no further than this how-to guide for making painted watercolor pillows, from blogger Cami at Tidbits. All you need to do is take a thick fabric, paint it with watercolors, and spread a fabric medium over the painted fabric to set it in place. Then sew the fabric together, and you’re done!


Painted watercolor pillows. Photo Credit: Cami at Tidbits


Personal S’mores Pot

Don’t have a firepit? Not a problem! These personal s’mores jars from Elisabeth at bellatheblog.com are quick and easy to make, and they cost less than $5 per jar. Simply line a small terracotta pot with foil, fill it with charcoal, and voilà – personal s’mores, the perfect treat for those balmy summer nights. TIP: make sure you only light your s’mores pot outdoors, or in a well-ventilated area.


Personal s’mores pot. Photo Credit: bellatheblog.com


Snow Cone Sugar Scrub

For anyone who loves both snow cones and sugar scrubs – this is the project for you! Featuring coconut and almond oils, granulated sugar, food coloring, and the flavoring(s) of your choice, this snow cone sugar scrub recipe from The Gunny Sack will soften your skin, and have you longing for one of your favorite carnival treats. Talk about a win-win!


Snow Cone Sugar Scrub. Photo Credit: The Ginny Sack


Cotton Candy String Lights

Hanging string lights on the patio is one of our favorite ways to celebrate the summer season. And thanks to Buzzfeed and Kia from With Lovely, you can take an ordinary strand of string lights to the next level by decking them out to look like cotton candy! Now how cool is that? This tutorial, which also includes tutorials for two other types of string lights, will show you every step you need to make these super cool cotton candy lights. They’ll look good enough to eat (but seriously, don’t eat them)!



Cotton candy string lights. Photo Credit: Buzzfeed/Kia at With Lovely


And there you have it – 5 DIY ideas, all ideal for summertime. DIY projects are a great way to have fun, stay busy, and to make something yourself for less than what most stores charge – and with these DIY ideas, you won’t be short of any creative inspiration. #winning!


Now that we’ve got your creative juices flowing, what do you plan on making first?

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