Category: Summer Crafts

DIY Glitter Fireworks Greeting Card

Cut a square out of black card stock and decorate with this beautiful glitter fireworks display. You can decorate a card, scrapbook page, or other item for any celebration. This is a project that turns out beautifully every time!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Extra fine silver glitter
Red glitter
Elmer’s all-purpose glue
Black card stock


Things to do:
1. Cut your black card stock into the shape you desire. With your glue, create a fireworks shape as shown here. Note that the top sparks are shorter than the lower ones, adding to a realistic effect. If needed, draw with a pencil first.
2. Spread out a piece of newspaper. Shake both colors of glitter on different parts of the card, making sure to cover the glue.
3. Allow to dry for about an hour. Shake off the excess glitter.

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Beach-Inspired Picture Frame Tutorial

The best way to remember a great vacation is to print out photos and keep them where you can see them every day. It’s even better if the photo can be in a frame that also has something to do with where you traveled.

Keep your favorite picture from your beach vacation in a frame that will remind you of your travels. Use items you’ve picked up on the beach if you have them for an even more authentic look.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Distressed photo frame
White resin starfish
Authentic fish net
E6000 or hot glue gun and glue sticks
Stapler or staple gun **optional

Things to do:
1. Warm up glue gun if you are using one. Decide on the layout of your items before you begin.
2. Attach the fish net to the back of the frame using staples or glue. Trim excess using scissors.
3. Use glue to attach the starfish and shells to the frame. Remember that if you want your frame to sit on a surface rather than being hung on the wall, you need to make sure nothing hangs over the edge that will be the bottom. If you use hot glue, you can easily pull items off, pull the dried glue off the back and reposition if necessary. E6000 is really permanent, so make sure you have things placed just where you want them the first time.
4. Allow glue to dry. Insert your photo. Hang on the wall or place on your desk or shelf where you will enjoy seeing it every day.

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Kid Approved Ice Cream Cones Tutorial

Whether or not it’s summer, ice cream is always a treat! Craft adorable ice cream cone treats that will never melt. These can be used as package toppers, kitschy lapel pins, or string a bunch together to create a mouth watering bunting for your next party.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Burlap sheet
Large craft pom poms
Small craft pomp poms
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
A plate
Needle with a large eye, and thread *optional
Rotary cutter *optional


Things to do:
1. Cut 4-inch square pieces of burlap for cones.
2. Either trace the curve of a plate onto the corner of the burlap and cut with scissors, or use a rotary cutter on a protected surface. Warm up your hot glue gun, unless you plan to sew your cones.
3. Fold the cone as shown, and either glue or sew into place.
4. Fill the cone with burlap scraps, and glue a large pom pom to the top.
5. Add a small pom pom for a cherry on top!

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Popsicle Stick Fairy Garden Doors Tutorial

Create several of these whimsical using different colors and notions. Go for fun and quirky! You may add magnets to these, or attach them to a canvas for a fun piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Popsicle sticks
Acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Card stock


Things to do:
1. Decide on the shape of the doors you’d like to make.
2. Paint the craft sticks as desired.
3. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out a piece of card stock slightly smaller than the shape of the door you’re creating, so that the card stock is hidden behind the sticks as much as possible.
4. Glue the sticks onto the card stock.
5. Trim and paint some other craft sticks and attach to the doors.
6. Glue on buttons for door knobs.
7. Add other embellishments, such as glitter, beads, or sequins.

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DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Treat Bag

It’s not too soon to think about spring! Fill this quirky, burlap bunny bag with jelly beans for gift giving, or with beans, rice, or other fillers if you’d like to keep this a spring decoration year after year.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Sheet of burlap
Stencil brush
Narrow ribbon
Sewing machine and basic sewing notions


Things to do:
1. Cut the burlap into two rectangles, about 10 inches by 6 inches. Lay the rectangles on top of each other and cut a deep V along one short edge, for ears.
2. Using your stencil brush, paint polka dots onto each shape.
3. After the paint has dried, pin both pieces right sides together. You won’t be sewing into the “ear area,” just along the bottom and sides of the rectangle, so there’s no need to pin that area yet.
4. Start and stop sewing just below the ears.
5. Turn the bunny right side out. Now you may sew along the outside part of the ears, but leave the middle open. Fill as desired.
6. Add a ribbon to tie the bunny bag loosely.

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DIY Sea Creatures Banner Tutorial

They just keep on swimming! No matter where you hang this sea creatures banner, you’ll be transported to feelings of the ocean and, maybe, the beach.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 – 2 hours
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished whale cutouts
Unfinished dolphin cutouts
Unfinished octopus cutouts
Blue acrylic paint
Paint brush
Cotton twine
Drill and bit


Things to do:
1. Decide on the size of the banner. Drill holes in the top of the cutouts.
2. Paint each sea creature with your favorite color of paint. You’ll need to paint a coat, allow to dry, and paint a second coat. You may also choose to paint the back of the cutouts if desired.
3. String the cutouts on the twine, and hang!

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Kid Approved Summertime Beaded Bubble Wands Tutorial

Don’t settle for boring bubble wands! These are fun to make and easy for the kids to do themselves. They make perfect party gifts as well – try larger sizes to make even bigger bubbles!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Pipe cleaner
Small dowel rod


Things to do:
1. Start threading beads onto the pipe cleaner.
2. Check to see how many bead you need by wrapping the pipe cleaner into a loop.
3. Once you’ve decided on a size, wrap into a final shape and twist the end of the pipe cleaners around each other near the loop.
4. Add the pipe cleaner to the dowel rod. Fill up a shallow container with bubbles and have fun!

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DIY Mosquito Repellent Mason Jar Luminary Tutorial

It doesn’t matter who’s around – the mosquitoes find me and bite me first. It’s so frustrating to feel like I have to spray repellent on myself just to enjoy some time outdoors. But with this mosquito repellent jar, I have some protection from the mosquitoes, who prefer to stay away from this combination of smells (even though they smell good to us)!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear pint mason jar
Lavender oil
Kitchen knife and cutting board
Rosemary sprigs
Tea light candle


Things to do:
1. Fill up your jar with water, about 2″ from the top. Drizzle in some lavender oil.
2. Cut up a few pieces of lemon and lime, and tear off a few sprigs of rosemary.
3. Drop in your limes.
4. Drop in your lemons. Add your tea light candle to the top – it will float there – and light the candle.

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Boredom-Buster “Busy Sticks” Activity Jar Tutorial

You’ve heard it before “I’m bored!” As much as kids love being out of school for the summer, it isn’t long before they yearn for something to do.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Large popsicle sticks
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Mason jar
Permanent marker


Things to do:
1. Decide groups of activities you’d like to arrange and select ribbons for each. I decided on indoor and outdoor activities. Cut each of your ribbons to 2″ long and glue one ribbon onto each popsicle stick as shown.
2. Continue until you have several sticks covered.
3. Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar as decoration.
4. Write your activities on the sticks. Ask your kids for suggestions! Next time they say they’re bored, have them select a stick at random.

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Summertime Picnic Watermelon Mason Jar Tutorial

Liven the table for your outdoor party with this fun and whimsical watermelon jar. Use it to store cutlery or as a vase for some wildflowers.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 10+

Thing you’ll need:
Mason jar
Red paint
Black paint
Light green paint
Darker green paint
White paint
Paint brushes
Jute twine


Things to do:
1. Paint the bottom of the jar with the lighter green paint and allow to dry.
2. Paint the top of the jar with red paint. You’ll need to allow this to dry and then paint a second coat of both the red and the lighter green paint.
3. Make squiggly lines at the bottom with the darker green paint. This will make the bottom look more like a watermelon rind.
4. Paint a line of white or cream paint around the middle.
5. Paint black “seeds” onto the top half of the jar.
6. After the jar is dry, tie the twine around the mouth for added decoration.

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