Category: Summer Crafts

Stars and Stripes Americana Clothespin Wreath Tutorial

This wooden clothespin wreath is a lovely centerpiece or summer door decoration. If you’re looking to add a handmade touch to your home decor, give this DIY a try!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger ages may substitute craft glue

Things you’ll need:
Wooden Clothespins
Red and Blue Acrylic Paint
Foam Brush
Wooden Star Cutouts
Wire Wreath Frame
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting your clothespins. You’ll need roughly 20 blue clothespins and 60 red clothespins to cover a large wire wreath frame.

2. Next, you’re going to start clipping your clothespins onto your wreath form. You’ll need to choose a pattern for your stripes and stick to it – For my wreath form, I pinned 4 reds, 5 naturals, and 4 reds for each section on the top bar and 2 reds, 4 naturals, and 2 reds on the bottom. Repeat this pattern until the entire wreath form is covered, leaving one section of the wreath form for all blue clothespins.

3. To complete your wreath, use hot glue to add wooden stars to the section of blue clothespins.

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DIY Patriotic Candle Holder

These mason jar candle holders make the perfect, easy, DIY centerpieces for any summer get together!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars
Flameless tea lights
Glass gems
Small American flags

Things to do:
1. Remove the mason jar lid.
2. Remove the stick and the binding from the flag.
3. Place the flag inside the mason jar so it rests against the “back” of the jar.
4. Fill the jar about a third of the way with clear and white gems.
5. Place the flameless tea light on top of the gems.

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DIY Americana Flag Mason Jar Luminary

Wave your flag proudly – or in this case, display it and allow it to glow with American pride! You can line your walkway with these patriotic flag luminaries or display them on your table or book shelf during our biggest summer holiday!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Small American flag
Pint mason jar
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Flickering tea light


Things to do:
1. Cut the flag off the stick.
2. Check the width of the flag and trim it slightly if necessary, so that it fits nicely on the jar. I know that it feels weird to trim the flag, but you’ll probably just need to trim it 1/8″ to 1/16″, if at all.
3. Spread Mod Podge on the jar and glue the flag down. Once dry, add Mod Podge to the top of the flag.
4. Turn on your luminary and add it to the jar!

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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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