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Welcome to the first post in our summer series, dedicated to bringing you fun and engaging activities for the whole family.

Today, we’re diving into some DIY summer crafts that will keep your kids entertained and spark their creativity!

Summer is the perfect time to unleash your kids’ creativity with fun DIY crafts! Not only do these projects keep them entertained, but they also provide a great opportunity for them to learn new skills and express their imagination.

Here are some easy and exciting summer craft ideas you and your kids can enjoy together.

1. Sun Catchers


  • Clear plastic lids (from takeout containers or yogurt cups)
  • Colorful tissue paper
  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Hole punch
  • String


  1. Cut the tissue paper into small squares or shapes.
  2. Brush a thin layer of glue on the plastic lid.
  3. Let your kids arrange the tissue paper pieces on the lid, creating a colorful mosaic.
  4. Once the lid is covered, brush another thin layer of glue over the top to seal the tissue paper.
  5. Punch a hole at the top of the lid and tie a piece of string through it.
  6. Hang the sun catcher in a sunny window and watch it sparkle!

2. Homemade Bird Feeders


  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • String


  1. Tie a piece of string around the top of the pinecone, leaving enough length to hang it from a tree branch.
  2. Spread peanut butter all over the pinecone, making sure to get it into all the crevices.
  3. Roll the peanut butter-covered pinecone in birdseed until it is fully coated.
  4. Hang the bird feeder outside and watch the birds flock to it!

3. Painted Rocks


  • Smooth rocks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sealant (optional)

There are kits that come with smooth rocks and paint. (that is what we use)

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We have also searched the yard for rocks, which adds another level of fun to this activity.


  1. Collect smooth rocks from your yard or a nearby park.
  2. Wash and dry the rocks to remove any dirt.
  3. Let your kids paint the rocks with fun designs, patterns, or even inspirational messages.
  4. Once the paint is dry, you can apply a sealant to protect the designs if desired.
  5. Use the painted rocks to decorate your garden, or give them as gifts to friends and family.

4. Tie-Dye T-Shirts


  • White cotton t-shirts
  • Tie-dye kit (available at craft stores)
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic bags


  1. Follow the instructions on the tie-dye kit to prepare your dyes.
  2. Twist and fold the t-shirts into different patterns, securing them with rubber bands.
  3. Apply the dye to the t-shirts, using different colors to create vibrant designs.
  4. Place the dyed t-shirts in plastic bags and let them sit for the recommended amount of time.
  5. Rinse the t-shirts until the water runs clear, then wash and dry them according to the kit instructions.
  6. Enjoy wearing your unique tie-dye creations!

5. Paper Plate Animals


  • Paper plates
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Googly eyes (optional)


  1. Decide which animal you want to create and gather the necessary construction paper colors.
  2. Cut out shapes for the animal’s features (ears, nose, wings, etc.) from the construction paper.
  3. Glue the shapes onto the paper plate to create your animal.
  4. Add details with markers or crayons, and glue on googly eyes if you have them.
  5. Let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they create a whole menagerie of paper plate animals!

These DIY summer crafts are a great way to spend quality time with your kids and make lasting memories. Stay tuned for more posts in our summer series, where we’ll continue to share fun family activities and tips to make the most of your summer break.

Don’t forget to share your craft creations with us on social media using #CraftySummer

By Kristen

Hi, I'm a 40-year-old stay-at-home mom who is passionate about my family, my hobbies, and my dreams. My daughter, who is 9 years old, is the light of my life, and I've made the choice to homeschool her to ensure she receives a customized education that aligns with our family values. As a hopeful small business owner, I'm always on the lookout for new opportunities to turn my interests into a profitable venture. I've found my spot in the world of online resale, using platforms like eBay and Poshmark to sell carefully curated items. My business sense and eye for unique pieces have helped me begin to turn my hobby into a thriving enterprise. Crafting is another passion of mine, and I enjoy spending my time creating beautiful items with my hands. I'm always looking for new techniques and materials to experiment with, and my creativity and attention to detail are evident in every project I undertake. Along with my love of crafting, I'm also a blogger. I share my experiences and insights on motherhood, entrepreneurship, homeschooling and creativity with my readers. Writing is a therapeutic outlet for me, and I love being able to connect with others who share similar interests and experiences. Overall, I'm proud of the life I've built for myself and my family. I'm committed to following my passions and turning my dreams into a reality. I hope to inspire others to do the same and live a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.

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