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20 Easy DIY Summer Crafts to Inspire Your Kids’ Creativity

Young kids, teens and adults will love these fun crafting ideas.

From warm-weather vacations and camping trips to summer parties shared with friends and family, summer is a busy season full of time spent outdoors. But, what about those relaxing days at home when your children are hunting for a new activity, game or craft to stay entertained? It’s the perfect time to bust out the art-supply bin and have your kids flex their imagination with one of these quick and easy DIY summer crafts. We’ve rounded up an array of craft ideas that are fun for all ages — from toddlers and preschoolers to tweens, tweens and adults.

For younger kids, we’ve highlighted step-by-step instructions for handprint frogs, ice cream necklaces and sea shell girls. More experienced crafters can try their hand at paper flowers, a popsicle stick ferris wheel or a large cardboard sun — but don’t worry, there’s plenty of ways kids can help out. If you fancy an upcycling idea, try the toilet paper bees, egg carton lily wreath or bottle wind stock. Any of these cool ideas will keep the whole family engaged until you’re ready to sit down for summer dinner.

1.Accordion Paper Flowers

Walk your kids through making their own accordion paper flowers to hang in their rooms. Download these templates before following the steps below.

  1. Cut out 4 pieces of yellow or white paper (depending on what color daffodil you would like) using the first template.
  2. Fold the paper in half both vertically and horizontally and open again. Fold the bottom up about ¼” and crease it down.
  3. Flip the paper over and fold all the way to the top until you create an accordion.
  4. Fold the accordion-folded paper in half and attach the two middle pieces together with double-sided tape.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 with the remaining 3 pieces of paper.
  6. Connect all 4 together with a strip of double-stick tape to create a flower shape.
  7. Cut out a rectangle of orange paper about 2″ x 1.5″ and cut little points on one of the long edges.
  8. Roll the rectangle loosely to make a tube shape and connect with a small piece of double-sided tape, folding the bottom edge down to create a flat bottom.
  9. Glue the little cup you made into the center of the flower to finish your daffodil.

2.Lily Wreath

Turn natural egg cartons into a cheerful summer wreath to display on the front door. While you will need sharp scissors or a craft knife, kids can help with assembly and painting!

  1. To create the flowers, cut the tall pointed peaks from an egg carton. Cut the base of the peak into four petal shapes.
  2. Paint the outside of each flower with white craft paint thinned with a little water. Once completely dry, paint the inside with a contrasting color — like pink.
  3. Poke a hole through each flower using a skewer. Cut a 30″ piece of sturdy floral wire. Thread seven flowers on each end of the wire, using hot glue to secure each in place.

3.Paper Flowers

Kids can make these paper flowers to spruce up different parts of the house. Have them fold dyed cupcake liners in half and cut out petal and fringe shapes. Then fold a piece of floral wire in half and twist around the faux flower stamen. Poke the wire through the center of three to four paper liners. Finish it off by wrapping floral tape around the base of the liners and bringing it all the way down the stem.

4.Truffula Trees Painting

They don’t need to be a big fan of The Lorax to appreciate this interactive craft, which involves spreading paint by blowing through a straw.

Get the tutorial at Make and Takes »

5.Garden Stepping Stones

Let kids create a design using pebbles, glass beads and sea glass. Add the embellishments to mortar for a custom stepping stone you can actually use for years.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda »

6.Handprint Frog

Whether or not you’re spending time by the lake this summer, kids will have a blast turning their handprints into silly frogs. A painted paper plate becomes the lily pad.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids »

7.Paper Bag Kite

This paper bag kite is both a fun craft and warm weather activity. After they decorate the kite, adding streamers on one side and yarn on the other, they’re ready to fly their creation.

Get the tutorial at Typically Simple »

8.Tissue Paper Butterfly

Inspired by the beautiful butterflies they love spotting outdoors, this tissue paper insect is fun and easy to make. Just note, you’ll need bleeding tissue paper to get the look.

Get the tutorial at It’s Always Autumn »

9.Shell People

What can you do with your kids’ shell collection when they get home from the beach? Turn them into fashion! Some glitter turns them into pretty skirts for craft-stick people.

Get the tutorial at Let’s Do Something Crafty »

10.Cardboard Sun

What better way to show appreciation for the summer than with a giant DIY sun?! You can make different sizes to scatter inside the house and backyard.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built »

11.Craft Stick Octopus

When the weather gets hot, head under the sea! White beads stand in for the “suckers” on the octopus’ craft-stick “tentacles.”

Get the tutorial at Craft Project Ideas »

12.Paper Plate Lady Bugs

Recommended for kids six and up, this adorable lady bug craft costs less than $5 to recreate. You’ll just need colorful paint, paper plates, felt and googly eyes.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda »

13.Scented Rainbow Bubbles

With essential oils and food dye, you can give homemade bubbles the rainbow treatment. Choose scents you like best, or try to match it to the color — yellow bubbles scented with lemon, for example.

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte »

14.Pressed Flowers

If your kids are nature lovers, they’ll enjoy making pressed flowers for their handmade cards or art. It’s also a great way to recycle old flower bouquets.

Get the tutorial at Hello Wonderful »

15.Finger Printed Cherry Tree

This one’s so easy: Turn their fingerprints into cherry blossoms and use newspaper for the trunk and branches.

Get the tutorial at Emma Owl »

16.Toilet Paper Roll Bees

Save money on craft supplies and use toilet paper rolls to make googly-eyed bees. Don’t forget black pipe cleaners for the antennas! Your kids will buzz around the house with these cute bugs.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids »

17.Flamingo Handprints

Before a trip to the zoo, teach your kids about the different animals they might come across with this quick and easy flamingo craft.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids »

18.Painted Rock Babies

Create an entire daycare of rock babies by painting all the smooth, round rocks you can find in complementary colors before dressing with a felt diaper.

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte »

19.Pop Bottle Firefly

Another advantage to reusing your plastic water bottles: glowing lightning bugs! Gather supplies (like foam sheets and tissue paper) to create the bugs, then fill the inside with glow sticks.

Get the tutorial at One Little Project »

20.Ice Cream Cone Keychain

Even after summer ends, these felt keychains will add a burst of sweetness to any backpack or purse. But to keep it in tip-top shape, skip the keychain altogether and turn them into decorative magnets.

Get the tutorial at A Kailo Chic Life »

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